The alleged front panel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. (Photo : GSMArena.com)
Korean electronics company Samsung is supposed to unveil their anticipated Galaxy Note 2 phablet at an event on August 29, just days before the 2012 IFA consumer electronics begins in Berlin. The Galaxy Note 2 boasts some impressive technical specs according to rumors, but will still most likely release with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system rather than the recently-released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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The Galaxy Note 2's size will fall somewhere between phone and a tablet, earning it the title "phablet." According to a Koreanittimes the Galaxy Note 2 will come with a 5.5-inch unbreakable HD display that runs at a resolution of 1280x800.
The Galaxy Note should also feature a 1.5 GHz Exynos 4 Quad chipset and come with the S pen stylus that users of the original Galaxy Note have come to know.
And if the rumors are true, then the Galaxy Note 2's rear-facing camera could be as powerful as 13-megapixels, making this a very powerful mobile device.
Despite these specs, the Galaxy Note 2 will more likely than not, debut with the older Ice Cream Sandwich. This has nothing to do with whether it can run the operating system or not, it mostly has to do with the development process of Android interfaces. Google develops and releases a vanilla Android, which then has to be tweaked by each company separately for each of their devices, and finally sent out to the carriers for approval and distribution on networks. This takes time, and is why Android devices are slower to upgrade than Apple devices which Apple can directly update as soon as it wants to.
Website SamMobile has confirmed that the Galaxy S3 will have its Jelly Bean update as early as August 31. They have also stated that a Galaxy S2 update is on the way, and that the Galaxy Note would most likely get Jelly Bean as well.
The Galaxy Note 2 will get Jelly Bean, that much is obvious. But the just-released Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet came out with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean, and If the Galaxy Note 2 is not too far off, and Samsung is already on work at 3 other Jelly Bean updates, it's easy to see why it will take some time for the Galaxy Note 2 to get its Jelly Bean update.