The phablet wars are coming, just not right away. The Galaxy Note 4 -- the latest big-screen phone entry from Samsung Electronics Co. -- won't go on sale in U.S. markets until Oct. 17, nearly a full month after Apple Inc.'s new iPhone 6 Plus hits stores.
Pre-orders for the Samsung begin Friday, which also happens to be launch day for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It's an indication Samsung is holding off the Galaxy Note 4 launch until some of the hype surrounding the iPhone 6 dies down.
Samsung may also be launching the phone amid iPhone shortages. Reports indicate that Apple’s primary manufacturer, Foxconn is struggling to meet the global demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which could equate to shipping delays and potential for Samsung to snap up some anxious consumers.
Samsung is offering those who pre-order the Galaxy Note 4 between Sept. 19 and Oct. 16 the chance to trade in an old device for a guaranteed $200, which will come in handy when considering the cost of the device, quite pricey.
T-Mobile US Inc. and AT&T have both confirmed the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their networks. T-Mobile will offer the Galaxy Note 4 for $0 down and $31.24monthly for 24 months or $746.36 full price. The Magenta network will begin pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 4 on Sept. 24.
AT&T will offer the device for $299.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T also had its installment program; customers pay $34.42 per month for 18 months or $41.30 per month for 12 month. The Galaxy Note 4 is $825.99 on AT&T off-contract. Thus far Sprint Corp. and Verizon Communications have not announced their price plans for the Galaxy Note 4.
In the U.K., the Galaxy Note will also be available for pre-order starting Friday at Samsung retail stores, while some carriers and retailers will begin pre-orders on Sept. 26. The Galaxy Note 4 will be on the market in the U.K starting Oct. 10. The U.K. carrier Clove announced that it would sell the Galaxy Note 4 for 575 Euros ($744.99).