Of all the smartphones Samsung makes during the year, two usually end up being the most popular: the latest version of its flagship Galaxy S phone, and its newest giant Galaxy Note device, writes Business Insider.
A prototype of the Note 5 phone is expected to be finished by June, according to WhoWiredKorea, and the company is expected to show it off to carrier partners before the end of July.
The Galaxy Note 4 is currently the biggest competitor to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. However, while Apple has been selling boatloads of iPhones, Samsung has been struggling a bit. It’s relying on a new phone like the Note 5 to give consumers a reason to choose its Galaxy phones over the iPhone.
It’s too soon to know exactly what to expect from the Note 5, but blog Sam Mobile, which has an excellent track record when it comes to reporting on unreleased Samsung gadgets, claims to have some insider information. Samsung is reportedly developing a new version of its curved Note smartphone, too, which would be a successor to the Galaxy Note Edge.
The phone is reportedly being called “Project Zen” internally, and it might have different hardware than the standard Galaxy Note 5. This would be a different step for Samsung, considering the Galaxy Note Edge is essentially a clone of the Galaxy Note 4, but with a curved screen.
Samsung usually waits until the August/September timeframe to release its large-sized Galaxy Note phones, but this year the company will reportedly make the big announcement in July, according to a recent Korean news report.
Samsung is expected to move its announcement up in an effort to undercut Apple, which is rumored to unveil a successor to the iPhone 6 Plus in September, writes Business Insider.
In other news, Apple today added several iPad Air 2 models to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase, according to macrumors.com.