Excited about Samsung’s annual Galaxy Note debut at the IFA conference in September? Don’t be. Samsung is moving the whole production up two weeks and changing venues from Berlin to New York.
Invitations to Samsung Unpacked, set for August 13 at Lincoln Center, arrived in our inboxes on Monday. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. Eastern, and doors open at 10 a.m. (As always, CNET will cover the event live.)
Although Samsung isn’t saying so for sure, we’d bet the bank it’ll introduce the next in its line of large-screen phones: the stylus-toting, multitasking Galaxy Note 5 “phablet.” Samsung also could show off a new Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, which whispers and leaks point to as a handset with a 5.7-inch screen that curves over on both sides.
Keep an eye out, too, for a new smartwatch (its seventh!) or fitness band. We’d also anticipate an upgrade to Samsung’s Gear VR headset for virtual reality, whose technology is feeling pressure from HTC’s Vive kit and Microsoft’s impressive HoloLens.
New York, New York
New York is an unexpected location for this launch; for the past four years, Samsung has made the Note series synonymous with the IFA trade show in Berlin. The event typically takes place at the beginning of September and is followed closely by Apple’s fall iPhone launch. Introducing its newest phones earlier gives Samsung a jump on Apple and allows its devices to dominate the news instead of being pushed aside by the latest iPhone.
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SOURCE: Cnet, Jessica Dolcourt and Shara Tibken