Samsung Galaxy Note II May Launch in October with Android Jelly Bean
While its Galaxy SIII model is currently stealing all the limelight, we’re hearing reports that Samsung is working on plans to introduce a sequel to the Galaxy Note.
MK Business News reports that the South Korean electronics giant will launch a Galaxy Note II this October to compete with the iPhone 5. What’s more, they claim that the second generation ‘phablet’ will feature a new flexible display of sorts.
The display will again be in excess of 5-inches, with industry insiders reporting that it will be bigger again than the original, with its 5.3-inch screen. The screen technology used will be an unbreakable pane (UBP) panel, which is said to be a precursor to the flexible display. This type of screen is thinner than the current AMOLED screens, and so will allow for a thinner phone and more room for powerful internal components, such as the processor.
The report doesn’t touch on the processor, although we think it’s likely that Samsung will utilise the same Exynos quad-core processor as the Galaxy SIII. They do however mention that the sequel will have an improved battery life and much sturdier construction to prevent damage from drops – we can imagine many people finding the product too big to comfortably hold!
Google is expected to reveal the next new version of Android next week at its I/O Developer’s Conference; version 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. MK Business News reckons that Samsung will employ Google’s new OS for its new Galaxy Note, which should stand it in great stead for new apps and features.
Samsung launched its original Galaxy Note in October of 2011 to a mixed reaction. While some have mocked the device for its large form factor, it’s managed to coin the term ‘phablet’ in the tech world and sell over 5 million units within 6 months. While it may have seemed like an odd device to launch, there’s no denying that people love the tablet-phone combo.