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Samsung Moves Up Smartphone Launch to Take on Apple

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This story originally appeared on CNBC

First it was primaries, now it's phones—front-loading to get an earlier jump on relevancy.

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Samsung is moving up the launch of its to mid-August from its historical mid-September launch date to further distance itself from the furor and frenzy over 's latest devices,according to sources cited by the Journal.

Apple unveiled its 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year just six days after Samsung's introduction of its Galaxy Note 4, which quickly lost relevancy in the wake of Apple's shift to larger screens, WSJ reports.

The newest rendition of the Galaxy Note has always been showcased at the conference since the phone's introduction in September 2011, but WSJ says the -based company is looking to move its launch event stateside to a yet-to-be-named major U.S. city.

Samsung declined to comment.

Samsung executive Rory O'Neill told CNBC earlier this year that he was "delighted" that Apple followed the South Korean tech giant into the market, and the company previously poked fun at Apple customer excitement over its move to larger screens.

The earlier launch could come as a boost to Samsung's underperforming mobile business as the company posted second quarter profit estimates that marked the seventh consecutive quarter of declines.

You can read the full Wall Street Journal report here.

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