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First mover advantage? Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 4 in China before Apple iPhone 6

Samsung said the Galaxy Note Edge, which has a curved side screen that serves as a second screen to display information, will start going on sale in late October.

Youkyung Lee   Seoul, South Korea     Last Updated: September 24, 2014  | 10:46 IST
Models pose with Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones
Models pose with Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphones at the unveiling in Seoul, South Korea, on September 23, 2014. PHOTO: Associated Press

Samsung Electronics' latest Galaxy Note 4 smartphone will go on sale in China and South Korea later this month as its flagging mobile business tries to defend sales from Apple's new iPhones.

Apple's iPhone 6 is yet to arrive in China, the world's most populous country. But the company has still chalked up 10 million sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days after the phones went on sale.

Samsung's early move in China comes as the South Korean company faces challenges on multiple fronts. Its profit from the crucial mobile business has flagged and local brands in India and China have dented its sales of cheap phones.

Samsung's announcement marks the first time the South Korean company has released a flagship smartphone in China before other major overseas markets.

The company on Wednesday said all three South Korean mobile operators will begin Galaxy Note 4 sales on Friday. All three Chinese mobile carriers will release the new phone before the end of this month, it said.

Apple's new iPhone 6 with its larger screen than previous models eliminates a key advantage for Samsung that lured buyers with the big screens of its Galaxy phones.

The 4.7-inch screen of the iPhone 5 has been increased to 5.5-inches for the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Galaxy Note 4's display measures 5.7 inches diagonally, slightly larger than the biggest iPhone. The Note series comes with a stylus that Samsung calls "S Pen" for note taking and drawing.

Samsung moved forward its launch schedule for the new Note phone from October after Apple announced the iPhone 6 with a bigger screen.

US sales of the Galaxy Note 4 will start on October 17.

Samsung said the Galaxy Note Edge, which has a curved side screen that serves as a second screen to display weather information, clocks and menu buttons, will start going on sale in late October.

(Associated Press)

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