Join us on Telegram | Early Samsung Black Friday deals, check them out right now!

SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Did Samsung make a mistake by not releasing the Galaxy Note 5 worldwide?


Last updated: August 14th, 2015 at 08:14 UTC+01:00

Samsung just announced the next device in its Note lineup, the Galaxy Note 5, a phablet with a lot of potential and impressive features. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note 5 will only arrive in a select handful of countries starting with the US and some Asian markets in August, which could be a big mistake for Samsung, as their customer base is very widely spread out. If we take a look at their history, we can see a pattern here. Some markets, like South Korea and China, usually get Samsung flagships before other regions, but this time around the Korean manufacturer has no plans at all to expand the availability of the Note 5 anywhere outside a very limited set of regions. Even the UK isn’t getting the device, at least not until next year.

The fact that the Galaxy Note 5 isn’t available in every market isn’t Samsung’s biggest mistake, but it would certainly be better if more customers had access to the handset instead of what could be a few months’ wait. India is one example of this case, where Samsung claims to have a 40 percent market share. In these circumstances, it could be a mistake not releasing the device in this region. On the other hand, India has always been a huge market for mid and low-tier devices, and the Note 4 didn’t sell too many units in this region which could explain why the phablet isn’t available here yet. Samsung could concentrate its effort on regions where high-tier devices like the Note series sell well, especially given the steep price of this lineup.

It’s going to be interesting to watch the Galaxy Note 5 sales during the first month, but Samsung is most likely making a mistake in restricting its release to a handful of countries. We will just have to wait and see how well the Galaxy Note 5 ultimately does, and keep our fingers crossed that the restricted launch is only a temporary thing. Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ are available as of today in the US, and they are going to be available in Canada starting with the 21st of August. Samsung has yet to give a release date for any other market other than US and Canada, but we should learn more in the coming weeks.

Opinion GalaxyGalaxy Note 5Galaxy Unpacked 2015Samsung
Load 37 comments

You might also like

Matter smart home standard launches with support from Samsung, Apple, and other brands

The Matter smart home standard, backed by CSA (Connectivity Standards Alliance), has been launched. CSA started certifying products for the Matter 1.0 spec last month, and the new standard is now ready for primetime. The launch event took place in Amsterdam yesterday with support for around 200 products. Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung have already […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 2 weeks ago

Is Samsung and Google’s marriage of convenience under pressure?

It often feels that Samsung and Google have a marriage of convenience. The latter is the owner of the Android platform and obviously wants to have full control over the future of the platform. Samsung is the largest vendor of Android-powered smartphones and it has its own vision for smartphone software. However, both have been […]

  • By Danny Dorresteijn
  • 3 months ago

Samsung to use more LG batteries in its low-end and premium phones

Samsung may have driven LG out of the smartphone market, but it’s more than happy to source components from LG’s battery division for its own smartphones. A new report out of South Korea claims that Samsung is looking to source more batteries from its historic rival. The company is reportedly willing to use LG batteries […]

  • By Adnan Farooqui
  • 6 months ago

Samsung and Apple jointly hold 60% of global tablet market share

According to the latest report by market research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung and Apple jointly hold 60% of the global tablet market share. Samsung led the Android tablet market with 8.2 million units in Q1 2022, suffering only a 1.2% decline compared to the same period last year. However, Samsung saw its market share increase […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 7 months ago

New WhatsApp update adds extra layer of privacy to chats

The latest WhatsApp update for Android and iOS adds another layer of privacy for disappearing chats. Media sent in chats with disappearing messages enabled will not be saved on the phone’s gallery by default (via WABetainfo). Essentially, anyone trying to view media contained in a disappearing chat outside of WhatsApp will be unable to do […]

  • By Anil Ganti
  • 7 months ago

WhatsApp voice messaging is about to get a whole lot better

On Wednesday, WhatsApp announced that it is bringing a bunch of new features to voice messages. These features will make it easier for users to make use of voice messages and communicate with their contacts on WhatsApp. Notably, the company is introducing six major improvements to voice messaging support, aimed at making the overall voice […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 8 months ago