Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumor roundup: everything we know
Given that the Samsung Galaxy Note was one of the biggest bestsellers for the South Korean electronics giant, the recent flood of rumors regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 doesn’t seem unfounded at all. But to be frank, the only bit of reliable info is the 30% official confirmation from Samsung Arabia back in mid-July. Everything else is based on rumors, logic, and industry knowledge.
We know it might be hard to keep up with all these rumors, so we’ve compiled all the information we have covered about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in just one article, divided by spec rumors and release date rumors. Hope you’ll find it useful to have everything in one place, without having to go into too much detail!
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date
Before we dive in all the Note 2 release date rumors, it should be mentioned that Samsung tends to stick to a certain yearly schedule. Samsung has announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA 2011, before actually releasing the device in October. The Galaxy Note 2 might follow the same pattern, albeit some changes could occur given the dynamic nature of the market. Also, we can expect the Galaxy Note 2 to be priced similarly with other high-end devices from Sammy, so a $600 off-contract price is very probable.
One of the most recent rumors was ignited by a DDaily post that claimed Samsung will host another Samsung Unpacked event to reveal the Galaxy Note on August 30, a day before the start of the IFA trade show in Germany. No word on a possible release date was mentioned by the Asian publication. This followed a report from Korean news agency MK who has originally claimed claimed that Samsung will officially unveil the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012, on August 31.
As far as actual release date rumors go, GSM Arena claims that an industry insider has confirmed the Galaxy Note 2 for September, while other sources claim that the Galaxy Note 2 will arrive in October (thus competing directly with the next iPhone)
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs
Display & Design
Multiple sources confirm the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will feature a 5.5-inch SAMOLED display (most likely PenTile), with most of them mentioning that the size of the device will not be increased by a whole 0.2 inches when compared with the original Note, thanks to a smaller bezel. While they have originally announced that display on the Note 2 will feature an unbreakable plane (UPB) display, the Korean news agency MK has more recently announced that Samsung is expected to roll out the new display tech starting with the next major device after the Note 2.
Processor, GPU and RAM
While all sources point, as expected, to a quad-core Exynos SoC, I personally believe that rumors about the Note 2 featuring an Exynos 5250 SoC seem a little far fetched. It’s far more likely for Samsung to use the same Exynos 4 SoC, as you’ll find inside the international version of the Galaxy S3.
Android version and camera
Logic, as well as most sources, seem to point out that the Galaxy Note 2 will be released with the latest version of Android available, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although in the past, we’ve seen manufacturers going for “not the freshest” Android version.
As far as camera specs go, words have been flying regarding a 13MP camera, although it has been mentioned that Samsung might keep the resolution consistent with that of the original Note’s camera and improve the image sensor (which is actually a lot more important towards the quality of the photos taken with the camera).
So there you have it folks, all the Samsung Galaxy Note rumors in one place. What do you guys think? Are the rumors painting the image of a phablet you would buy? Let us know in the comment section below!