This just in – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is gearing up to unveil the Galaxy Note II, the successor to its very successful phone tablet, or phablet, in October this year.
This will put it in direct contention with Apple’s proposed iPhone 5, which too is rumoured to be launched in the same month.
According to South Korea’s MK Business News, Samsung is said to be timing the launch of its latest Galaxy model to coincide with the release of the iPhone 5, up from its initial launch date at the year-end, to compete head-on with Apple.
Rumours suggest that the Galaxy Note II will use an unbreakable plane (UBP) display – a stepping stone to its much-vaunted flexible display. UBP will be thinner than the existing Galaxy Note display, allowing for a slimmer design by giving more space for the baseband core chip and application processor, say experts.
Interestingly, just as Apple has never publicly acknowledged the existence of a work-in-progress iPhone 5, so hasn’t Samsung, either with its Galaxy Note II or with Galaxy Tab II. However, in a tweet sent last Thursday, Samsung Mobile Arabia may have inadvertently spilt the beans.
“Which one of these are you excited about: #GalaxyBeam #GalaxyTab2 #GalaxyNote2 ? #Poll” tweeted @SamsungMobileME, the Arabian arm of South Korea’s Samsung Mobile on June 21, 2012. This led a number of online denizens to respond with a message asking if this was indeed a confirmation that work on the Samsung Galaxy Note II was indeed in progress.
Interestingly, the Gulf region is a hotspot for Samsung products, with the South Korean giant paying back in kind by launching many of its products here before many other regions in the world. For instance, the sale of the Samsung Galaxy S III started in the GCC much before it went for sale in many other parts of the world.
This fact adds fuel to the fire that we in the Gulf might see the Galaxy Note II before our friends elsewhere.
Coming back to the specs of the new phablet, it is expected to have a large screen and longer battery life. “The new Galaxy Note II will have a larger display than the current model at 5.3 inches, while also having a longer battery life and sturdier build/weight to increase shock-resistance against potential falls. It will also feature a quad-core processor, which allows faster processing speed for multi-tasking,” suggests MK News citing unnamed “industry sources”.
The new device will also reportedly include a 12 megapixel camera, and may not necessarily be called the Galaxy Note II, according to unsubstantiated news reports.
The sequel model will also use Android’s Jelly Bean operating system (OS), a successor to the current Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) OS, to release a premium product that can vie against Apple’s steady bestseller smartphones.