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Samsung Launching Note 5 Early to Beat Next iPhone

Samsung may have a new strategy for toppling the iPhone this year: coming out first. The Korean smartphone giant is reportedly looking to launch its upcoming Galaxy Note 5 phablet in August, which would give it up to a month's lead on the iPhone's typical September release window.

Reports of the Note 5's early launch date come by way of The Wall Street Journal. Samsung's Galaxy Note devices are typically unveiled at IFA in Berlin every September and released in October, so this rumored release date would mark a significant bump forward.

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While the smaller Galaxy S series is largely considered the iPhone's biggest rival, it makes sense for Samsung to go head-to-head with Apple with its phablet-sized Note. After all, Apple now owns a chunk of the big-phone market with the iPhone 6 Plus, a device that's rumored to get a "6S" upgrade come September.

According to rumors, the Note 5 could be a notable step up from the Note 4, a phone we loved for its gorgeous quad-HD display and sharp 16-MP camera. The Note 5's display could see a resolution bump to 4K, and may come in standard and curved-edge variations, like those of the Galaxy S6. The new phablet may also pack USB Type-C functionality, a blazing new all-in-one processor and a long-lasting 4,100-mAh battery.

Samsung has fallen on hard times of late, with the company missing profit estimates because of weaker-than-expected Galaxy S6 sales. According to various reports, Samsung underestimated demand for the curved S6 Edge and wasn't able to produce enough units.

Seeing as the Note 5 could arrive as soon as next month, we expect to know more in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for the official word from Samsung.