Reported by: Jeremy Thomas
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumors are doing the internet rounds for quite some time. Being the successor of original 5.3-inch version, the Galaxy Note 2 is expected to trailblaze with major and minor modifications based on consumer needs.
The stylus Galaxy Note has already left an indelible mark by becoming the dearly loved tablet-smartphone hybrid for those who look for a blend of functions found on both phone and tablet.
After its introduction at an IFA event which took place in Berlin a year ago, the hybrid device has made giant strides by being the next purported hit after Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3. The sales figures prove the point as Samsung has shipped more than 7 million devices across the globe. The stylus Pen for the device has turned out to be a stunner feature as it can simply replace the use of a finger in situations where precision is needed.
Going by the rumors, the highly acclaimed Galaxy S3 design is expected to be inspired by Galaxy Note 2. The initial version has simple tablet like shape designed for it.
Although Galaxy Note was shunned initially, the response from the public has ensured a perfect platform has been laid for the second version of the hybrid device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 most probably will feature a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display. The PenTile display is on cards. There is no word on resolution of the device, however several tech portals foresee it to come with 1680 x 1050 pixels resolution. The present 5.3-inch version features 800 x 1280 pixels resolution. If the upgrade happens, then Note 2 would bring up the PPI ration to 333 pixel density from 285 found in original Note.
With inclusion of 1.5 GB RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean support, Galaxy Note 2 is expected to step up the gear from 1 GB RAM and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich found in original version. Few versions of Galaxy S3 comes with 2 GB RAM which may encourage Samsung to add it to Galaxy Note 2 as well.
Reports point towards Note 2 going to feature Exynos 5250 SoC quad-core chipset, however, the international version of Galaxy S3 which has Exynos 4 SoC is also rumored to be another chipset choice that can clock at 1.4 GHz for the device. The dual-core version found in the initial version clocks at 1.4 GHz and renders great speed for multi-tasking in the device.
There are also talks of improving the camera resolution to 12 or 13-megapixels, up from current 8-megapixels, but this may be changed depending on other factors. Meanwhile, there are also reports that Samsung is planning to keep the resolution similar to that of original Note’s camera which again points to an 8-megapixel sensor. There might be slight improvement with image sensor. Other anticipated features include S-Voice, Smart Stay and S-Beam.
Also options like 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage along with LTE support is expected to be featured in the hybrid device. The LTE version will see dual-core processor as quad-core doesn’t support LTE as of now.
The release date for Galaxy Note 2 is predicted to be somewhere around September or October, making it an iPhone 5 rival which also is expected to be launched during the holiday season.
Meanwhile, announcement on the device is expected to take place by the end of August, the period when the newest IFA event is scheduled to take place. However, T-Mobile USA has announced the availability of Samsung Galaxy Note in a press release. In an attempt to lure consumers, the carrier is offering T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack which includes Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner, and LinkedIn.