Not to be left out of the pink smartphone trend, Samsung revealed its plans to introduce a rose gold variant of its Galaxy Note 5 phablet, or what it calls “pink gold.” The catch is it’s only available in South Korea, according to AJU Business Daily.
The handset is also joined by a titanium silver model. Samsung’s move to sell new colors of the Galaxy Note 5 come as Apple prepares to launch the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in South Korea on Oct. 23. The new Galaxy phablets are expected to go on sale that same day. The silver titanium model will come in 32GB and 64GB storage sizes, priced at 899,800 South Korean Won ($796) and 965,800 Won ($854). The pink gold variant is expected to retail at 965,800 Won ($854) for the 64GB model.
At launch, the Galaxy Note 5 was only available in black sapphire and white pearl color options. However, Samsung is also expected to bring gold platinum and silver titanium color options to other markets in the coming months. Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 on Aug. 13, followed by U.S. sales on Aug. 21. The handset also went on sale in India on Sept. 20 and is expected to arrive in Europe by January.
While Samsung is the largest smartphone maker in the world, it’s expected to post its first negative decline in shipments in 2015. According to figures released by TrendForce, the Galaxy maker is expected to see annual shipments fall 1 percent, down to 323.5 million units. That comes as Samsung faces increased pressure from both Apple and Chinese domestic smartphone makers, such as Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo.
On the flipside, Samsung revised its earnings guidance on Oct. 7, with a forecasted 80 percent climb operating profit. But that’s expected to come not from smartphone sales. Instead the profit jump is expected to come from a weaker South Korean Won.