Even as Apple and Samsung are battling it out in the courtroom, the two companies are likely to have a showdown in the market, too, with the launch of their latest gadgets in the upcoming weeks. Samsung, for one, is set to launch the latest version of the Galaxy Note by end of August.
“We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29,” a Samsung representative told Reuters earlier today. This event will be held a couple of days before the annual IFA electronics trade show, considered the biggest in Europe.
This confirms earlier rumors that the event invites Samsung has been sending out was meant for the new Galaxy Note launch. The new Galaxy Note is rumored to come with an “unbreakable” 5.5-inch touchscreen display, and an improved processor and camera.
We have posted a roundup of Galaxy Note 2 rumors earlier this month, which includes specs and the estimated price. It looks like our sources were a day or two off from the official announcement date, although they're pretty close.
What's even more interesting with the end-August launch date is that the Galaxy Note 2 launch seems to be competing directly with the latest planned Apple announcement just two weeks after. Apple is gearing up for a September 12 announcement, and it is speculated that the launch will involve the iPhone 5. Apple may also announce the much-anticipated iPad Mini, which, depending on the actual size and price point, might compete directly with the likes of the Google Nexus 7 or even the Galaxy Note itself.
Samsung has risen from the ranks to today's top smartphone seller, with a record quarterly profit of $5.9 billion this second quarter of 2012. Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, has sold 10 million units in its first six weeks in the market, and is poised to challenge the iPhone's dominance in the consumer market.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note has likewise proved to be formidable in the market too, falling in-between smartphone and tablet form factors. The hybrid has proved to be popular, especially in Samsung’s own South Korean hometown. Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 prove to be as popular, as well?
Galaxy Note 2 Mockup by GSMArena