The Samsung Philippines executive told reporters at the sidelines of its Galaxy Tab 2 launch that its flagship phone, the Galaxy S3, is still going to enjoy the same level of demand even as its chief rival, Apple, prepares to launch the sixth-generation iPhone.
“But of course, we’ll also have a surprise by that time,” teased Coco Domingo, product marketing head for Samsung mobile.
Domingo, however, refused to disclose what product they are planning to launch, even if pressed to confirm if he is referring to the Galaxy Note II.
The second-iteration of Samsung’s 5-inch phablet — that is, the product segment between a phone and a tablet — has been going around the Internet rumor mill for some time now, but the Korean technology firm has yet to make definite statements about its launch or even its existence.
Technology blog BGR, however, claimed that the Galaxy Note II will be launching in mid-August, or two weeks before the annual IFA trade show in Berlin, when the company announced the first Galaxy Note last year.
Aside from the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is another device from Samsung that has been seen in the wild but has yet to be released to the market.
Both devices offer a capacitive touchscreen input that can be controlled by a proprietary stylus pen, a distant departure from the usual finger-controlled smartphones and tablets of late.
The two new devices follow the massive success of Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S III, which already saw more than 10 million in unit sales just two months after availability.
Locally, the Samsung executive said the Galaxy S III far outpaced sales of the previous premium smartphone, the Galaxy Note, with the former toppling the record sales of the latter within just a week of pre-orders from the country’s top two telcos.
Domingo said they expect to corner more than half of the local mobile market by the end of the year, as they push to keep and cement their leadership positions both in the mobile and tablet spaces, according to data from research firm GfK