Note 4 Launch Brought Forward Due to iPhone 6
Samsung is under a lot of pressure to perform with the upcoming release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 especially after the market performance of the recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company’s shares have not been faring too well lately after plummeting a staggering 15% over the year, the biggest drop in light of the 10 million units in its first weekend alone.
It comes as no surprise that reports are emerging that the South Korean behemoth is becoming increasingly worried. These reports have also pointed out that executives at Samsung have taken notice of the iPhone 6’s performance. In what can only be considered a pre-emptive decision, the electronics manufacturer has decided to bring forward its plans to release their upcoming phablet flagship, the Note 4. Pre-orders for the device have been slowly becoming available in countries such as South Korea and America. These pre-orders were launched initially in Samsung’s home grounds of South Korea on the 26th of September and have since been reportedly to be rolling out in the U.S. with Sprint being the latest American carrier to offer pre-orders. However, as of this writing, no pre-orders or announcements have been made in Malaysia regarding the Galaxy Note 4’s release.
Initial pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea have reportedly been sold out in a matter of hours. This comes as the company enticed customers with a price of ₩957,000 (RM2978/US 914) which comes in at 10% less than last year’s Galaxy Note 3. According to other sources, Samsung is looking to move 15 million units of the Galaxy Note 4 in its first month which is surprising considering the S5 only shipped 11 million units in its first month. However, while the Galaxy S series has historically been more popular than the Note series, the increasing number of Galaxy Note users in Malaysia may be a good indication of the increasing popularity of Samsung’s flagship phablet.
The design and specifications of the Galaxy Note 4 don’t hurt its chances either. The Galaxy Note 4 is the first Samsung flagship to adopt a metal frame with a Quad HD screen and quite a few compelling specification tidbits which include Samsung’s new Exynos Octa 5433 processor which has so far been out performed only by NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor or the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. It would be no surprise if Samsung shatters its own sales records if it takes the proper marketing steps when the device is released later in October.