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Samsung GALAXY Note 2 geared for September release

by Alistair Lowe on 3 July 2012, 10:41

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Since its availability just 35 days ago, Samsung has sold almost 10 million GALAXY S III smartphones, with the phone yet to go on sale with some suppliers. With all the rage over the S III, it's easy to forget that the firm's successor to the GALAXY Note, another very popular Samsung handset, thanks to its Wacom digitizer, is not so far away.

Insider sources at GSMArena, should we chose to accept their word, have revealed that the screen size for Samsung's upcoming GALAXY Note 2 has been confirmed at 5.5in, up from the 5.3in of the original. Whilst readers may be wondering why in the world Samsung may wish to push their super-large mobile further into tablet territory, it was also revealed that, despite this increase in size, the phone would actually be thinner, that is, less wide, than the original, suggesting an exceptionally thin bezel.

Samsung GALAXY Note 2 mock-up

Sources also went on to state that the release date of the GALAXY Note 2 had been pushed up from the initially suggested October to an iPhone 5-intersecting September release and, that the device would be styled in a similar fashion to the S III.

Other rumours suggest that the device will feature an 8-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM and an Exynos 5250 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, however, these rumours remain yet to be confirmed by sources, however, it's looking as though the GALAXY Note 2 is shaping up to be one heck of a product.



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Why would rumours suggest a dual-core processor. For this device to make any sense it would need to be a quad-core. I do, however, likethe suggested 2GB memory.

I think the best upgrade to this, or any Android device, should be the ability to move ALL installed apps to SDCard (or USB memory). I really hate apps that hog my system RAM, they get uninstalled before anything else.
na, android doesn't even use quad core effectively at the moment and in most cases the samsung dual cores beat the quads in equivalent priced handsets.

My HTC One X is pushing the boundaries of what I would say is too big, although the slimness of it does definitely help. I have seen a lot of people using notes as tablets (two hands at all times), but not lot of people using them as phones (single handed operation whilst walking or handing a bag etc).
Lord Midas;24800
Why would rumours suggest a dual-core processor. For this device to make any sense it would need to be a quad-core. I do, however, likethe suggested 2GB memory.

I think the best upgrade to this, or any Android device, should be the ability to move ALL installed apps to SDCard (or USB memory). I really hate apps that hog my system RAM, they get uninstalled before anything else.
If the dual-core processor is “good enough” then - apart from bragging rights - why would you need a quad core? After all, the new dual-core might be clocked (a lot?) higher than the dual core in the current Note? And I've not seen many - actually make that “any” - Note owners complaining about their gizmo being too slow. I also remember some discussion - started by Intel - that current versions of Android don't really push dual core processors - never mind quads!

Apps I'm a bit more chilled about. Some apps - like little widgets or system utilities - I'm content to have locked to system memory, because it makes sense that they're still available if the uSD card gets pulled. On the other hand folks who try and lock bigger apps - especially games - need slapped around the head with an iPad! :p

But then again, I've got a Galaxy SIII (which is currently docked and playing Ozzy Osbourne at this moment). :mrgreen:
Never had issues with space on my s2 or s3, I had dozens of games and hundreds of apps on the s2 at one point. I don't see why it's even remotely an issue. As for dual core, it could be to keep the s3 as the flagship device, even though that dual core could be blazing fast.

After a bit of digging it looks like that Exynos 5250 will probably run at 1.7GHz and feature the new Mali-T604 GPU core which is supposedly four times the performance of the T400. This should be a gaming monster to rival whatever the iphone 5 brings. These smae processors clocked at 2GHz may well be in the new Galaxy Tab series.
I love my note. Soon got use to the size - went back to my 4" X10 the other day and it felt tiny. So does my other halfs S2. Looking forward to the note 3 myself as that'll be out by the time upgrade time comes along.

Just hoping this doesn't mean any delay in getting Jelly bean and even more importantly a fix to the eMMC bricking bug!