Samsung has let slip on its next big reveal showcase, announcing that its Unpacked event which is normally scheduled at IFA is coming earlier than before.
This year Samsung will be revealing its latest gadgetry on August 13th in New York City, around a month or so ahead of its normal schedule.
Samsung typically takes these events as a platform for its next Note smartphone, with this year’s release being the Note 5.
However, it appears that it will be sharing the stage this year, with a plus sized version of the Galaxy S6 Edge also making its way onto the market, possibly in the place of the Galaxy Note Edge from last year.
Both phones have been leaked recently, adding fuel to the fire about an upcoming launch, and the announcement of the event has practically confirmed that at least one of the phones will be on show shortly.
With both phones reportedly coming early, it could leave IFA 2015 a bit bare, with the Note phablet in particular being one of the biggest selling points for the event, which is normally pretty hectic.
With the Note missing, the glitz and glam won’t be at its best by the time the show comes to Berlin, meaning that it could be the first time the event takes place without a Samsung announcement, although it could open the door for another manufacturer to make some noise.
Samsung may have pushed its Unpacked event forward in an effort to dodge the iPhone train, which normally hits full speed in September, with the impending launch of the iPhone 6s this time around.
Apple has normally outgunned Samsung during this period, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samsung make the move to help boost its sales ahead of the iPhone announcement – although you’d have to press them hard to get them to admit it.
Of course, with the announcement pushed forward, it means that the phones themselves could also be put on the market sooner as well, possibly before the start of September.
Samsung won’t be revealing the release date of either phone until the event, so we’ll have to wait and see for a confirmed launch of the phone.
Samsung is shipping invites out to selected media companies and other potential audience members, however if you’re not lucky enough to make Samsung’s list, you can always catch the show online.
Samsung will be livestreaming the event live on YouTube, so you can make sure you’re one of the first to see the new phones either way. However, these kind of streams are susceptible to crashes when they’re busy, so don’t bank on this being the smoothest way to watch…
Written by Luke Hatfield