Samsung unveiled their upcoming phablet the Galaxy Note 4 at the recently held IFA in Berlin back on September 3rd. The much hyped device by Samsung was released along with a curved-screen variant of it called the Galaxy Note Edge. Both these devices from the Korean smartphone manufacturing giant received a very good response both from the public and the critics. But now, it looks like Samsung is a bit worried.
The reason for that you ask? Samsung’s main competitor with whom they have been involved in legal troubles for a long time, Apple too unveiled two new smartphones, or two new iPhones to be more specific last week as you all know. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are the latest smartphones to be unveiled by Apple. While the iPhone 6 measures 4.7″, the iPhone 6 Plus comes in a little bigger as the name suggests at 5.5″. Got the answer?
The reason for Samsung being worried are quite eminent from this. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 has a competitor. The iPhone 6 Plus is pitched against the Note 4 and it could give a really good competition to the Samsung phablet and it actually is. While the Note 4 is nowhere to be seen, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are already up for sales and doing good business. Apple recently released a press statement in which they stated that the iPhone 6 has been doing good business, with upto 10 million units already sold. That too just in the opening weekend. This would be a good reason for any competitor to worry, leave Samsung alone. Though the figures dont state iPhone 6 Plus’s share out of the 10 million units.
In response to this, Samsung has rescheduled the Note 4’s launch across the globe, deciding to release the smartphone earlier than they had earlier scheduled. For an instant, the Galaxy Note 4 was scheduled to go up for pre-registration in October in many nations across the world but Samsung put it up for pre-registration in South Korea some hours ago and surprisingly, the Note 4’s initial stock is already out of stock in Samsung’s homeland. The reason for such good response could be the Note 4’s aggressive pricing in South Korea. The device is priced for 957,000 won ($920). This price is 10% less than the Note 3′s price and even less than the price that Samsung asked for the very first Galaxy Note way back in 2011.
Samsung’s statement to Korea Times is as stated:
The positive reaction from consumers to those two Apple devices prompted us to launch the Note 4 earlier than previously scheduled. Samsung will be aggressive in promoting the Note 4 as it’s true that we are being challenged and pressured amid a difficult situation.
With the initial stock going out of stock in a matter of hours, the Galaxy Note 4 looks like it is up to offer some good competition to the iPhone 6. If sources are to be believed, Samsung aims at selling 15 million units in the first month of the Note 4’s release. This goal however seems somewhat difficult to achieve as Samsung had earlier sold 11 million units of the Galaxy S5 in the initial month and the Galaxy S series smartphones are more popular than the Note series. But you never know, Samsung could come up with some irresistible offers or aggressive pricing that could make the Note 4 too difficult not to buy.
What strategy Samsung has planned for the Note 4 is still a secret. We’ll only know that once the Note 4 is out. Till then, stay connected for more updates.