It has been confirmed that Samsung will unveil their latest phone at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29th. The Galaxy Note 2 release date has yet to be confirmed but is expected to be imminent and will see Samsung beating its largest rival Apple, who is set to launch the iPhone 5 in the autumn. Rumours about the specifications and features of the Galaxy Note 2 are rife and we’ve compiled a collection of the latest one’s for you to take a look at.
It is expected that in line with the trend for increasing smartphone screen sizes, that range from 3.5-inches to 4.8-inches, that the screen will increase in size from 5.3-inches to a slightly larger 5.5-inch flexible and allegedly unbreakable super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 resolution. Many believe that this may exceed the practical smartphone size and be yet another step towards the phone becoming more of a tablet than a smartphone, but this was a concern voiced after the launch of the original Galaxy Note and that phone was hugely successful.
The smartphone is expected to have a faster, quad-core processor for all round better performance using the same Exynos 4412 chip that is built into the Galaxy S3, but may be overclocked to 1.6 GHz.
Many are wondering whether the Galaxy Note 2 will be launched with Android 4.0 Icecream Sandwich, which was previously anticipated or whether Samsung will manage to have the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system preinstalled on its release. If they manage to have the latest OS on the phone, it will surely result in more sales as people will want to be able to experience not only the phone but also the latest operating system too. Latest reports doubt that this will be achieved, but we can at least hope that this rumour materialises.
Rumours suggest that the camera may increase in quality from 8-megapixels to 12-megapixels, but these mirror similar rumours to the camera upgrade between the S2 and S3 and this failed to be realised.
The Galaxy Note 2 is a premium piece of technology and is expected to launch with a price tag to reflect this. The original Galaxy Note launched at around £600, but with recent launches including the Google Nexus 7 at under £200, it is expected that Samsung will have to price the Note 2 more competitively in order to penetrate the market and be accessible to a larger number of consumers.
Samsung have has a successful year and seen sales of their phones increase in the last quarter, compared to Apple who have seen sales fall by 26% during the same time as new potential buyers await the launch of the iPhone 5.
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