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!

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