Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy Note will launch in August yet again this year, weeks before the IFA trade show kicks off in Berlin, according to one reliable tipster. Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5 in August of last year, reportedly to beat Apple’s latest iPhones to market.
A tweet from the ever-reliable Evan Blass (@evleaks) says the Galaxy Note 6 is scheduled to launch in the U.S. — and probably many other territories — the week of August 15. That’s almost exactly a year after the Galaxy Note 5 got its official unveiling in New York City.
Previous Galaxy Note handsets — starting with the original — were all announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin, which takes place in early September. It’s unclear why Samsung decided to step away from that last year, but according to some reports, it wanted to make the Note 5 available before the iPhone 6s Plus arrived.
Launching in August again this year will give the Galaxy Note 6 around a month before Apple unveils the iPhone 7 series, and Samsung will be hoping that many phablet fans will be too tempted by its latest handset to wait for Apple’s.
Recent rumors have claimed the Galaxy Note 6 will ship with a new Snapdragon 823 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a larger 5.8-inch display, and USB-C connectivity. It is also expected to introduce a feature called Samsung Focus, which is thought to be similar to the BlackBerry Hub in BB10.