It looks like the race to launch their latest smartphones will be won by Samsung who is set to launch its latest phone the Galaxy Note 2 in the next few weeks, beating Apple who is expected to launch their latest model, the iPhone 5 in the autumn. This is undoubtedly a clever move as the Galaxy Note 2 release date is imminent and will enable Samsung to steal potential new sales away from Apple, as new consumers get caught up in the marketing and sales hype that will undoubtedly accompany the new phone launch.
A Samsung spokesman has confirmed that:
"We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29."
Rumours about the specification of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 include: that its screen will increase in size from 5.3-inches to a slightly larger 5.5-inch flexible AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution which is claimed to be unbreakable, a more advanced 13-megapixel camera, 1.5GB of RAM and an all-important faster quad-core Exynos processor for all round better performance.
Many are wondering whether the 5.5-inch screen may have pushed the smartphone size limits too far as the distinction between smartphones and tablets appear to be blurring, but this was hotly debated previously when the original Galaxy Note was launched and that phone has proved to be a huge success.
Other rumours are also circulating about the operating system that the Note 2 will be launched with. It was widely expected that the phone would launch with Android 4.0 Icecream Sandwich, but as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been launched, is there a chance that the phone will be launched with this already installed? If this is the case, it may impact favourably on their sales as new owners are keen to experience not just the new phone, but the new operating system too.
The South Korean company, Samsung has stamped its dominance on the mobile phone market by overtaking Apple and becoming the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer. Samsung’s technology had previously lacked innovation but they now have a great range of phones, including the highly rated Galaxy S3 which was released in May this year, hence the anticipation over its latest planned release.
Samsung have continued to see sales of their phones increase in the last quarter, whereas Apple have seen their sales plummet by 26% over the same period as new buyers hold off making purchases, either because they want to own a new iPhone 5 or because they hope the price of the iPhone 4S will reduce after their latest phone is launched.
Many questions are still unanswered, including whether there will be a simultaneous Galaxy Note 2 roll-out across all regions or whether some areas will have to sit tight and wait for the phone to be launched in their region, something that is a commonly encountered problem in the United States where the phone manufacturers have to satisfy many levels of scrutiny by the US carriers.
Both Samsung and Apple are currently battling to win a patent trial in the United States which was initiated by Apple last year when they launched a lawsuit which alleged that Samsung had copied the design and functionality of their tablets and smartphones. This action then resulted in Samsung counter suing.
So if you’re hoping to be the proud owner of either the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or the new iPhone 5, why not look at companies online that will buy your old phone for mobile phone recycling. The value paid for your phone is often more than you’d think and you could put this cash towards buying your new state of the art smartphone.