Samsung is looking to derail sales of the iPhone 5 by launching a new Galaxy smartphone just nine months after the Galaxy S III, according to unnamed company officials quoted by The Korea Times. The phone would feature an even larger display at around 5 inches, and is expected to be announced during the Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona in February next year, hitting shelves a month later.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV would increase the display size to 5-inch, up from the 4.8-inch display on the S III, topping the 4.3-inch display on the S II, which in turn was bigger than the 4-inch display on the original Galaxy S. Samsung already sells the Galaxy Note II with a 5.5-inch display. With the iPhone 5, Apple increased the iPhone display size for the first time from 3.5-inch to 4-inch.
Speculation over the announcement comes days after Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and pre-orders of the device reached 2 million in the first 24 hours of availability – twice the number the iPhone 4S achieved last year. “iPhone 5 pre-orders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Pre-orders also skyrocketed over the weekend too, as AT&T said the iPhone 5 is “the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.” The first iPhone pre-orders should arrive on September 21.
Since the iPhone 5 was announced, Samsung has promoted heavily its Galaxy S III. First, Samsung began to run a newspaper ad strangely comparing the S III to the iPhone 5. Now, if the Korea Times report is accurate, Samsung is looking to make the S III obsolete by launching the Galaxy S IV only nine months after its predecessor. Sales of the Galaxy S III have reached more than 20 million worldwide in three three months to September, and Samsung said it expects this to rise to 30 million by the end of the year.
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