Sep 23 AT 1:59 PM Dustin Earley 17 Comments

Samsung releasing Galaxy Note 4 early to combat iPhone 6 launch

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Samsung has made an executive decision this week to move forward the Korean launch of the Galaxy Note 4 to the end of this week, September 26, in order to push back against strong iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales.

The news comes from the Korea Times who says Samsung has seen the sales figures on the new iPhones and has decided it needs to act fast if it is to meet its goal of selling 15 million Note 4s in the first 30 days of availability. Originally slated for release in October, Korea’s SKT, KT and Uplus will get the device a few weeks early now. The Note 4 is also seeing a slight price drop in order to better compete.

Today’s news comes hot on the heels of Samsung confirming it will not be selling Chromebooks in Europe anymore, and a two-year low in share price for the company. Apparently Samsung just can’t catch a break.

The decision to sell the Note 4 early in Korea doesn’t appear to affect North American sales of the device, which is slated for a mid-October release. Though we’ll be keeping an eye out for any news on the subject.

Source: Korea Times

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • BlazeHN

    “slight price drop” and that means?…

  • Steve

    I don’t think it matters, if you want a note, you will wait, if you want icrap, you will buy an icrap. 90% of people know exactly what phone or IOS, they want. I have already seen stats that show not many android users will switch because the iPhone has a 5.5 inch option. When I started using the 5.5 inch note 2, almost everyone thought it was ridiculous, now it is becoming the norm

    • AJ

      You’re totally wrong & speaking from the prism of am Android fanatic… That is not the average consumer.

      • Bart

        Actually, I tend to agree with Steve. Having owned the Note2 & Note3, I don’t see appreciable improvement for me to even want the Note4 (let alone get it). I don’t know if Korean consumers are as fickle as American consumers, but people are people no matter where they live. They may just conclude that change is a good thing. I really think Samsung messed up by not releasing the folding or scroll-like phones they showed as concepts two years ago. Supposedly that is slated for 2015. However, after seeing the bend tests for the iPhone6 Plus, it will be interesting if the Note4 is any stronger with it’s aluminum side.

  • stephen

    I do think it matters, significantly! I may want a galaxy note but if i have to keep waiting for it to release while all my co workers are strutting around with their big shiny new smartphones i have nothing to combat against them and no bragging rights LOL… all i can tell them is “OH YEAH” Well someday Samsung is going to launch the note 4 and when i get it i will show it to you
    All joking aside, i really don’t want another iPhone but all these companies should take note and i myself have to give the big Apple credit as when they announce and show off their shiny new toys you can rest assure that they are going to release them very shortly after and not just show them to you and tell you that someday you could buy one.

    • Nando

      That depends on the product, they showed their smartwatch and is not due until next year

  • McLovin

    Pre-ordered Note 4 from AT&T, shipping Oct 14th.

  • Chris

    I don’t think Samsung deserves a break. Samsung has not really pushed the envelope on features and “high end quality” since the Galaxy S2 and Note 1 releases. They have been getting by just on reputation, lack of competition, the advantage of making there own screens, and a partnership with Qualcomm. While the Note 4 surely is going to be the best piece of tech available when its released , the product still fell below the mark of what it should have been. Samsung had to look at sales figures this late in the game to figure out if they should sale their the Note 4 early? This is either not true or Samsung is severely lacking in the mobile sector business smarts required to really compete effectively. The real reason was most likely they just don’t have the raw factory manufacturing power as Apple (of course they don’t) and they have had to make a desperate last minute move to make this product available.

    • Dee

      Wth have you been drinking?! Samsung has been missing the mark with the Note series since Note 1?! Since the release of the Note series Samsung has been killing the tech area and innovation in every way. Why think there’s really no other competitor against the iPhone except for Samsung devices. Their building material may not be the best but everyone has their preference, I myself don’t mind, but there catching up. But under their hood, they offer everything you need. My 2 cents buddy.

      • Jose

        As I type this on my 6 Plus, I think… my god, how ridiculous and unnecessary the phablet form is. But boy, is this best in hand phablet I’ve ever held.

        You Samsung Note die-hards are funny 😂
        Comparing the two devices, meanwhile Samsung grasps for air while nearing drowning in a tide of envy.

        Face it, there has been no Galaxy Note since the Note II (I had one), everyone and every device that came after has been so so silly. Love your device. But get off your high horse of competing for your fanboy in you – fanboys are annoying.

        And besides, Apple has already won.

        • BlazeHN

          Note 3 its a very strong improvement over the Note 2, its not like the improvements on S5 – S4 and S3, those were weak indeed, but the Note 3 its just amazing on any form, specs, design, features, etc.

      • Monk

        The S2 was the largest improvement I remember from Samsung. The original S had many hardware issues. The S2 was ahead of the competition and had a great built quality, better than the S3 and S4 IMHO. The Note 1 was the same, great build quality. I already have a note 1 (lend it to my brother) and it is almost in new condition. I passed on the note 2 because I didn’t like the glossy and cranky plastic back. The Note 3 I own has more dents and scratches than the old Note 1, but the internals are great.
        I think that the Note 4 is again on track with the build quality. It’s similar to the Note 1 if you look close…

  • AJ

    All indications are they’re living many customers, all but the hyper loyal Android fanatics who frequent blogs like this. Google would be smart to release L and their new Nexus phone. If it’s still a lower price point, they’d also be smart to once proactively market the device to consumers… Not just leave it as a developer…. More consumers these days are paying full price & going prepaid or no contract. A $400 top tier phone (can you come up with a decent camera.. That alone may finally make me abandon Android) is compelling vs the iPhone for people not already part of the iCult.

    The media and celebrity fawning also hurts Android. The Verge was one of the few outlets I read that actually pointed out iOS shortcomings.

  • nietzsche

    iphone vs android users… I like VW and my boss Vauxhall (Opel), but we both get to work, enjoying our driving and our cars… It is completely stupid to publish pro or con if all of us totally different… I like my Note 2, but my wife’s dad got all his necessary work tools in his pocket, in his iphone, so I cannot compare it to my Note 2, I dont need to do this, if he is happy to use these good quality software for his business and I am happy with my Note 2 which exactly fit my needs. I will wait for Note 4 now and same time interested and wstchingvall news and reviews about the iphone 6 plus. Must be a nice feeling to have in in your hand afyer these miniature iphones until now, but because I am already using phablets with large screens, the new world is not coming to me with this new iphone, it is just one of the many iptions for me, not better tan any other phonet

  • nietzsche

    iphone vs android users… I like VW and my boss Vauxhall (Opel), but we both get to work, enjoying our driving and our cars… It is completely stupid to publish pro or con if all of us totally different… I like my Note 2, but my wife’s dad got all his necessary work tools in his pocket, in his iphone, so I cannot compare it to my Note 2, I dont need to do this, if he is happy to use these good quality software for his business and I am happy with my Note 2 which exactly fit my needs. I will wait for Note 4 now and same time interested and watching all news and reviews about the iphone 6 plus. Must be a nice feeling to have it in your hand after these miniature iphones (until now), but because I am already using phablets with large screens, the new world is not coming to me with this new iphone, it is just one of the many options for me, not better than other phone.

  • linda k taylor

    I wish they would hurry up and send our pre orders. I can’t wait to get my note 4.

  • Robert Davey

    I was about to get my note 4 on the 10 10 but now it going to be the 17 10 samsung is mucking us all up not good