Samsung Galaxy Note
This one definitely goes into the Galaxy Note 2 rumors folder as there is no hard evidence to support the claim, but according to MK Business News, Samsung Electronics will release the Galaxy Note 2 in October.

Obviously, Samsung is bound to release the Galaxy Note 2 by the end of the year, but an October release for the Galaxy Note 2 will automatically pin Samsung’s phablet directly against Apple’s iPhone 5, also expected to be released during the same time period.

Such a head-on battle would definitely make a lot of sense for Samsung, given that the first Galaxy Note was different enough from the rest of the Android pack to actually draw in customers that aren’t huge Android OS fans, such as non-hardcore iPhone fans. But a more obvious question also arises: are the officials from Samsung bold enough to enroll in such a full head-on battle with Apple?

The paper cites unnamed industry sources who claim that a successor for the original (and commercially successful) Galaxy Note was initially planned for a Q2 release, but was delayed as to satisfy Samsung’s recently finalized market strategy for the second half of the year. If this rumor is to be believed, the Galaxy Note 2 will be a “derivative model of the Galaxy S3”, and will feature a quad-core processor, an unbreakable plane display (UBP is a precursor to flexible displays) of more than 5.3 inches in diagonal, a bigger battery and a sturdier build. The last bit of info is actually the part that we’re sincerely hoping will come true, and that is the inclusion of Android Jelly Bean (the actual numeral version will be 4.1 or 5.0), a new version of the Android OS that Google might unveil as early as by the end of this month, at the Google I/O Conference.

The first Galaxy Note was a total success for Samsung, but the cold hard fact is that not all sequels are destined to overtake their predecessors. What do you guys think? Could Samsung release the Galaxy Note 2 in the same time window as the Apple iPhone 5 and still get away with it? Let us know in the comment section below!

Mike Andrici
Growing up in my father's PC store, I was surrounded by and developed a passion for technology ever since I was in kindergarten. However, advancements made in the technology world continue to amaze me on a daily basis! I've been writing about the Android OS since back in October 2008, when Google and HTC launched the first Android smartphone ever, the T-Mobile G1 / HTC Dream. Although I'm no company's fanboy, Android is the mobile OS I devoutly support.
  • Mike

    I will invest in a note. used it before n nothing comes close it. try n u will love it.

  • AppleFUD

    Nexus Note?????????? PLEASE Google!!!

    • Please no! I like the fact that the note has an SD slot. Not all that is Nexus is gold.

  • olbp

    All this is well
    and good, but we had hoped that they would have a better screen, Full HD, like
    on the new LG screen, full 1920 x 1080P in an SAMOLED HD +, but NOT Pentile.
    And, completely water-proof and drop-proof, as well.

    We would also like
    to see them make their screen truly superambiphobic (that is: VERY water (hydrophobic)
    and oil (oleophobic) repellant, to cut down on smudges and fingerprints).

    A superambiphobic
    screen is able to keep itself completely clean of smudges, smears, water spots,
    oil stains,
    fingerprints, etc. Let’s get it on, Samsung! Recently I saw a friend’s phone
    after he signed in with gestures. From several feet away I could see the
    pattern he used smeared on the screen, even after several minutes of use. That
    is NOT secure, we NEED better glass, superambiphobic glass, to be exact.

    It should be, naturally, Enterprise Ready, and
    certified Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE).

    Face Unlock
    should be available.

    It should also try
    to be a bit more future-proof. 2GB of RAM and 32GB Internal storage these days is
    an absolute MINIMUM! We’d actually like to see 4 and 64, or more, standard, by
    the end of the year.

    Don’t forget the
    wireless charger, with at least a 12” charging range, 5 feet would be better.

    For expanded
    storage it should have a microSD card slot able to handle at least 64GB, and a
    micro-USB3 port for external access and drives.

    The latest
    iteration of Bluetooth goes without saying, but so many aren’t paying
    attention, so I’ll say it. And for goodness sake, update and simplify pairing.
    Gracious what a mess everything seems to be, needlessly.

    Further, it should
    have Dolby Mobile 3 with support for 5.1 sound via HDMI out.

    Then, make sure it
    can play full HD for at least 10 or 11 hours, minimum.

    Let’s not forget
    an updated, more useful Stylus. The stylus should have a finer point, and the
    stylus INSIDE a full PEN-sized adapter should fit inside the case of the unit.
    It should have less lag. The current stylus is just too small to handle well, and
    the point is too broad for fine work.

    Voice control is a
    must, and must be MUCH improved.

    Don’t forget wireless
    charging. It should be able to handle 2 units at least a foot away from the
    charger. Five feet would be better.

    NFC is a MUST! And
    you should include some of your own NFC TecTiles as a sample, too, say 5 or 6
    of them.

    Don’t forget,
    Android 4.1 or 5.0 should be loaded out of the box, with NO bloatware.

    Then, of course,
    you can make it a Nexus device, to avoid bloatware and speed up updates.

    Then, bring it to
    all carriers, as you did with the S III.

    NOW, Samsung, you would
    be getting somewhere.

    • skynet11

      Demanding much?

    • shahin

      jeeze…. coming 2014, maybe.

    • antitroll

      0/10 worst troll i’ve ever seen
      Try harder next time olbp

    • DGoliath

      you’re an applepit drone huh?

    • Aravindan

      Olbp, r u nuts??? why don’t u demand 64GB RAM??? Samsung is already bring in the best hardware specs in its devices. U need to think before u demand unrealistic specs immediately.

      • Dreadz

        He didn’t mean 64GB of RAM. He ment 4GB or RAM and 64GB internal storage.

  • oh no…another rumors. look at S3, well.. is good phone but not “must have” phone to me. so i think i will not put too much hope and wait until the real Note2 come out.

  • Just get rid of pentile, we don’t care for bendable screens.

  • austenemily

    Come to Verizon!

  • guy

    The rumors put the note 2 at 1080p@5.5″. If it really is 400ppi then I demand they use pentile for its bias towards the physics of the materials used; and at such high densities the granularity introduced from the matrix is negated entirely.

  • John

    Yes. The Galaxy Note 2 can.

  • SamsungGirl21

    I totally think Galaxy Note 2 would be a huge rival for the Iphone5! Iphone has had a great thing going that obviouslly worked & have monopoized the market on accessories for their product… but they haven’t changed the size of their phone… & I think will lose at lot of customers who want a bigger screen to surf & do apps/games. I am a Verizon customer who would have loved to have had the Galaxy Note (have Galaxy Nexus), so I am hoping they offer if to Verizon on the first run! Can’t wait for the Note2! :-)

  • dphone guy

    can’t wait the note 2 is for me currently have s2

  • Meg

    I will def. hold off buying the Galaxy 1 this week. I want an all round portable phone, come computer, come notepad, come camera. Unfortunately I keep breaking the screen on iphones. This looks like the answer. def will keep my $ in pocket until it comes along.

  • Doodles

    Yes, it’s poised to kick the apple out of the race. I’ve been trying to find any other competitors to see if anything is comparable on the market. Nothing yet, and nothing that I can get in the US with the features I want. I’m just annoyed at trying to look at what the price may be. No word on memory, RAM, but just rumors. I see something different at almost every site. I can’t wait to hold one and see what network I can put it on. I don’t want a contract, so I’m looking to buy outright.

  • A.Halim

    Since a year now, the Marketing is going on the Iphone5, even in some places in the world they consider it as “magic”. Samsung should include something new, creativity, to reach the needs of the technology oriented user.

  • I am really waiting for the note2 to launch…….I had thought it would be in August but then….. sigh got to wait for another 2 months. praying real hard

  • adno

    “automatically pin samsung note to competition with iphone 5” is a ridiculous statement. The Note was never released to compete with iphones. It’s a larger screen and for a different user (those that want a bigger screen and use a pen to draw or write). With it’s size, it’s not a phone and not a tablet. And it’s not going to knock off iPhone but it will be a product success.