An alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 2 spec sheet. (Photo : Seoul Newspaper)
Samsung will officially show off the Galaxy Note 2 handset at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event on August 29, just days before the 2012 IFA consumer electronics show starts in Berlin. The official details we have come from a teaser trailer released by Samsung, which only confirms that the S pen will be returning with the Galaxy Note 2. Now, just two days before the announcement, Korean publication Seoul Newspaper has posted what they claim is the official spec sheet for the device.
Surprisingly enough, if the spec sheet is accurate, then the Galaxy Note 2 will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed. I had previously written that it was more likely that the Galaxy Note 2 will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich because Samsung is busy developing Jelly Bean updates for a variety of devices, and that the Galaxy S3 was most likely first in line. If the Galaxy Note 2 does launch with Jelly Bean, it will give Samsung a boost after losing the court battle with Apple and allow it to better compete with the iPhone 5.
Other specs revealed in on the sheet include a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1280X720 resolution, a 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16 and 32GB models, and 4G LTE support.
The Galaxy Note 2 will be available through AT&T, which exclusively carried the original Galaxy Note for a while, probably by mid-September at the latest. Samsung will most likely want the Galaxy Note 2 available for purchase before Apple releases the iPhone 5 around September 21.
Verizon will not carry the Galaxy Note 2, at least not immediately, as it has its own "phablet" in the works from phone manufacturer HTC. T-Mobile just released the original Galaxy Note, and while it will probably get the Galaxy Note 2, it won't be for a while. Sprint passed on the original Galaxy Note, and there is no confirmation that they are interested in carrying the sequel.
If you didn't have a chance to watch Samsung's teaser trailer, here it is: