Samsung Tries To Beat Apple in Race to China

How do you take sales away from a dominant company like Apple? One way might be to beat AppleEUs signature product to market with one of your own. That seems to be the thinking by Samsung as it prepares to launch its new Galaxy Note 4 "phablet" ahead of schedule in China and South Korea this week.

With early sales success by Apple with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung has responded by getting its new product out in the two vast Asian markets at the earliest possible date.

Apple is still awaiting permission from Chinese regulators to sell in that country. That delay gives Samsung a chance to get a leg up by releasing its new product to the largest smartphone market in the world.

According to mobile marketing firm MobiBanking, China has more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions. The Korea Times reported that sources within Samsung say the companyEUs goal is to ship 15 million Note 4 devices within the first 30 days of availability.

Apple is reporting record-breaking sales of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Samsung's Note 4 sales launch follows Apple boasting earlier this week that it had sold 10 million of its newest iPhones over the first weekend they were available. Apple did not provide sales figures for each device, but said it could have sold more if it had more to sell.

Smart Move

SamsungEUs new phone was initially set for an October release, but will now hit shelves in China and South Korea later this week. The release date in other countries remains set at Oct. 10, with pre-orders available this Friday.

When we reached Jan Dawson, chief analyst with Utah-based Jackdaw Research, he said pushing up the release date was a smart move for Samsung.

"It makes perfect sense for AppleEUs major competitors...

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