The original Galaxy Note was a success for Samsung. (Photo : Samsung)
Ever since the Samsung Galaxy Note came out, it has captured a unique niche in the mobile market. Dubbed a "phablet," a device too big to be a phone and too small to be a tablet, the Galaxy Note was unveiled at the IFA in Berlin in 2011, and this year Samsung intends to follow up on the Note's success with a successor - the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. If Samsung's track record is any indication, then the Note 2 should be a success, thanks to its unique market and timing.
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Samsung has already made an impact against Apple's dominance in the mobile market by outselling Apple in smartphones two-to-one for the second quarter of 2012. Their recent release, the Samsung Galaxy S3, elicited an unquenchable demand and positive reviews. In the one month since its release, 10 million units of the Galaxy S3 were sold.
The Galaxy Note sold seven million units as of June 2012. While nowhere near the Galaxy S3's popularity, it offered a stylus and a bigger screen that appealed to certain users more interested in a mini version of a tablet. The original Galaxy Note came with a 5.3-inch screen and a dual-core processor. Expect the Galaxy Note 2 to top that.
Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 2 on August 29, just days before the 2012 IFA in Berlin.
The Note 2 is rumored to come with a 5.5-inch unbreakable, flexible screen. This won't mean that you can bend the Galaxy Note 2 into any shape, but it could point to Samsung trying to fit a bigger battery underneath the hood since the flexible AMOLED display is thinner.
The Galaxy Note 2 should also come quad-core processor, a better camera, and 4G LTE support.
The way it looks, Samsung is hoping to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 and gather some media and public coverage before Apple makes its big announcement on September 12 that will most likely reveal the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. If the Galaxy Note 2 is presented right, it might appeal to those who are the fence as to get an iPhone 5 or an iPad Mini - the Galaxy Note 2 might just be the in-between they need.