Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ in South Korea

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Samsung has now launched the recently-announced Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ in South Korea. The former retails for 899,800 Korean Won ($758) for the 32GB model and 965,800 Korean Won ($813) for the 64GB edition, and is available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum colorways, whilst the latter is only up for grabs in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum, and carries a price tag of 939,400 Korean Won ($790) for the 32GB variant.

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Samsung to discontinue Galaxy Alpha in February 2015

Samsung_Galaxy_Alpha_blackAccording to an industry insider, Samsung will cease production of the Galaxy Alpha as soon as existing inventory of its materials run out. ET News reports that the reasoning behind this decision is partly due to the Terminal Distribution Structure Improvement Act recently passed in South Korea, which has resulted in more consumers favouring budget-friendly smartphones.

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Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Charcoal-Black_Front-Pen_02Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.

SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device. Read more

Samsung speeds up launch of the Galaxy Note 4 to compete with massive iPhone demand

samsung_galaxy_note_4_demo_1Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you heard several news stories about Apple’s iPhone 6 launch this past weekend. The Cupertino based company claims to have sold 10 million iPhones on launch weekend, and they very easily could have sold more if supply could meet demand. Regardless of what we think here, Apple is going to sell a ton of their new devices.

Of course, those record breaking sales haven’t gone unnoticed by other major players, especially Samsung. Samsung has announced that they will speed up the release of the Galaxy Note 4 to try and curb some of the momentum behind Apple’s iPhone, starting with an official announcement and unveiling of the Note 4 this Thursday in South Korea. The device will go on sale on the 26th, the day after the announcement ahead of its original October launch. As of right now, this only affects the launch date in South Korea, so we may not see anything happen quicker in other parts of the world, and it’s not clear if they’re speeding up the launch of the Note 4 Edge, either. Read more