Further blurring the lines between smartphones and tablets, Samsung is rumoured to be preparing a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release ahead of IFA
Following the recent Samsung Galaxy S3 release, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumours have kicked into overdrive with latest reports suggesting Samsung's next oversized smartphone-come-tablet hybrid will be officially unveiled ahead of IFA 2012 in a special Sugust 15th Samsung Mobile Unpacked event.
Tipped to further stretch the boundaries of what can be classed as a smartphone, new reports have suggested the surprise success of 2011 will see Samsung increase the 5.3-inch form factor for the Galaxy Note follow-on to a hefty 5.5-inches whilst reports of a somewhat flexible display being widely dismissed.
Having previously been pencilled in for either a September of early October arrival, recent reports have suggested that a confirmed US-based August 15th event will see the second-generation Note enter the realms of reality.
With much debate as to when the next-gen Note will land, previously the Korean handset manufacturer had been rumoured to be readying another Mobile Unpacked event the day ahead of IFA 2012 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date set to be announced on August 30th. The Berlin based show is set to run between August 31st and September 5th.
With the second-generation Galaxy Note set to steal the show, Samsung was said to be preparing to unveil a host of other mobile devices at the Unpacked event that is supposedly scheduled to kick off at 7pm.
Citing “undisclosed industry sources,” recent reports via MK Business News suggested “Samsung is in the midst of developing a large-screen smartphone model with displays exceeding five inches.” The reports went on to name the device as the “Samsung Galaxy Note 2.”
Adding further fuel to the fire that is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumour mill, Samsung has teased the upcoming device via the official Samsung Mobile Arabia Twitter feed. Sparking a new round of excitement, the Arabian arm of the Korean tech giant lumped the second-generation Note in with a selection of already confirmed devices tweeting: "Which one of these are you excited about: #GalaxyBeam #GalaxyTab2 #GalaxyNote2 ? #Poll"
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Features
Whilst everything is still far from confirmed, the mooted Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is tipped to be the first handset to land boasting an unbreakable plane (UBP) display with the new, slimline screen acting “a precursor to the flexible display.” The oversized handset is said to be getting even bigger with the previous 5.3-inch screen being replaced by a new 5.5-inch model.
With the new streamlined screen allowing Samsung to shave precious millimetres from the handset’s form, it is expected the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will sport an all new form factor with Google’s newly confirmed Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system lining up alongside a possible S3 mimicking quad-core processor and a new 12 -megapixel camera giving the device some added grunt.
Samsung Galaxy Note Release Date
Again a long way from being confirmed, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumour mill has suggested that the Korean manufacturer could use the S3 sibling to detract with the widely expected autumn Apple iPhone 5 release. As such, an early October Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date was originally banded around before the latest September arrival speculation took the limelight.