“We have improved ‘note’ functions this time, upgrading software for user convenience,” Koh told reporters in Seoul.
He is scheduled to take the stage to unveil the new Note phablet at an unpack event in New York. Since the predecessor Note 5, the company has held the event a month before its archrival Apple’s iPhone launch that usually comes in September.
The latest Note is the sixth version, but it has been named “7” in order to align its Galaxy S families.
About the competition with iPhone 7, Koh said: “We should compete with our own competitiveness. The most important thing is finding our own way that is well accepted by customers.”
“We could struggle in the third quarter but it wouldn’t be bad,” he said. “Because the market has already saturated, we won’t stick to elevating sales figures alone.”
In its earnings guidance announced on July 7, Samsung forecast its second-quarter operating income to reach 8.1 trillion won (US$6.90 billion), the best quarterly earnings in two years.