The alleged front panel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. (Photo : GSMArena.com)
The latest Galaxy Note from Samsung is set to debut at their Mobile Unpacked event on Aug. 29. The Galaxy Note 2's improvements from the original Galaxy Note has dubbed it as a "phablet" due to its size being too large for a smartphone but too small for a standard tablet.
Ahead of its Aug. 29 launch, the features of the Galaxy Note 2 are guaranteed to give users a difference experience from other handsets. The S pen stylus is set to return following positive reviews on the original Galaxy Note. It has even been featured in the latest Galaxy Note 2 advertisement (video below).
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Reports also indicate the Galaxy Note 2 will feature a quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera, and a 5.5-inch HD display with a 1280x800 resolution. Samsung's Galaxy S3 device features the Super AMOLED HD display, but it is so far unknown if the Galaxy Note 2 will follow suite.
As for operating systems (OS), the Galaxy Note 2 will most likely debut with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS despite the newest Android 4.1 OS, the Jelly Bean, making its rounds already. An update with the Jelly Bean is expected sometime in the fall season as other Samsung products, such as the Galaxy S2, have confirmed it will get that updated OS.
The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to go on sale at around $930, similar to the price the original Note when it first launched. Prices are definitely cheaper, in the $200-$300 range, when signing onto a two-year contract, however, this has yet to be confirmed.
Important to note is AT&T is the only carrier that will carry the Galaxy Note 2. T-Mobile is set to release the original Galaxy Note so a release of the Galaxy Note 2 can eventually come in the unforeseen future. For Sprint and Verizon Wireless, it's still unknown as they haven't carried the original Galaxy Note.
The launch of the Galaxy Note 2 comes two weeks before the expected launch of Apple's iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.
Slash Gear's Chris Burns stated the expectations the Galaxy Note 2 has, especially over rival Apple.
"Now with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, we're likely going to see everything we had with the original Note, but with a larger display as well as some Galaxy S III flair," wrote Burns. "We're hoping to see each of the following bits of fabulousness that came with the Galaxy S III line for one reason: if Samsung is able to continue to bring on Samsung-unique features such as each of these, they'll have an Apple situation on their hands with people wanting to remain 'in the family' - aka brand loyal. Of course when we say 'we hope' it's more of a hope for Samsung if they want to continue to rise in the market ranks."