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Galaxy Note 5, New Gear Watch Expected at August 13 Event

Samsung is getting a jump on the fall phone releases, scheduling an August 13 event, where the consumer electronics giant is widely expected to release the next Galaxy Note.

Invitations for the press event hit mailboxes today (July 27) for the August 13 event, which takes place at 11 a.m. ET at New York's Lincoln Center. The invitation doesn't specify what Samsung's going to announce -- it's just a fairly spartan drawing of what looks like tabs -- but a report earlier this month in The Wall Street Journal claimed that Samsung would use an August event to launch the next version of its Galaxy Note phablet.

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In recent years, the Galaxy Note typically makes its debut at the IFA trade show in Berlin. But that show's September timing lets other phone makers -- specifically, Apple and its popular iPhone flagship -- get the jump on Samsung. By unveiling the Galaxy Note 5 in August, Samsung could steal some of the thunder surrounding the anticipated iPhone 6S, or whatever Apple has up its sleeve.

Rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 5 say the next version of Samsung's super-sized phone will feature an ultra-HD AMOLED display, a USB Type-C connection and an all-in-one chip combining CPU, GPU, memory, storage and modem into a single piece of silicon.

Samsung could have more planned for its August 13 event. The next Samsung Gear smartwatch was also expected to get an unveiling at IFA, so the company could just take the wraps off it a month early. Samsung's next watch is expected to have a rounded design, rotating bezel and revamped interface.

Philip Michaels is a senior editor at Tom's Guide. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.