A little earlier this afternoon we were talking about Samsung’s retail plans for its latest phablets, and in particular what kind of pricing the Note Edge might find. At the time, we mentioned how Samsung didn’t give us a very tight release window for the Edge, only saying that it would be out before the end of the year. That’s in contrast to what the manufacturer had revealed about the Galaxy Note 4, announcing at the time of the phone’s launch that sales would get underway in October. As it turns out, even that may be too long of a wait to get this horse out of the gate, and we hear this evening that South Korean carriers are ramping-up to begin sales later this month.
It what reminds us a bit of that unauthorized early South Korean release for the Galaxy S5 this past spring, carriers are reportedly opening pre-orders tomorrow, with the intent to deliver the Note 4 late next week, on September 26. The big difference now is that this accelerated schedule may come with Samsung’s blessing – at least, that’s the sense we get from this auto-translated report, though as usual it’s a bit of a hard-to-follow read.
The motivation for this speedy release is framed as an effort to stem competition from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With South Korea not on the short list of nations that will get those Apple phones first, Samsung has an opportunity to swoop-in and get its own new phablet in stores before Apple’s around to offer shoppers an alternative.