This could be too good to be true! We don’t want to use a harsh word, like “desperate”, because Samsung is definitely not in such a position, being the undisputed market leader in the Android world, and, occasionally (and regionally), in the smartphone world as well. So far, the release cycle was pretty standard: Galaxy S flagship in Q1 of the year (preferably MWC), Galaxy Note flagship in Q3 of the year (preferably at IFA).
However, this report claims that Samsung is preparing to launch its next flagship, dubbed Galaxy S7, sometime in the second half of the year. The report comes from Korea, and, the reason behind such a move would reportedly be Samsung’s decision to counter Apple’s next device (Apple is historically releasing smartphones in the second half of the year). Said report claims that the a Galaxy S7 launch could happen two-three months ahead of regular schedule, which puts it somewhere around November, or Holiday season.
If this rumor turns out to be true, it would be the first time in Samsung’s recent smartphone history that the company releases not one, but two same-class flagships in a year (the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note, while both considered flagships, are different-class devices).
While Digital Times estimates a total number of 70 million Galaxy S6 units sold, other sources are more reserved, predicting about 45 million.