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Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Due for an August launch?

If speculation is to be believed, Samsung is bringing forward its original launch date for the Galaxy Note 2 from October to August 2012.

Some have argued that this is an attempt to get ahead of the autumn debut of Apple’s iPhone 5; meaning that the device could be unveiled at the IFA 2012 in late August. This preliminary launch is set to be followed by a second launch in September.

The second-generation of the Galaxy Note is expected to feature a 5.5 inch screen, 0.2 inches larger than its predecessor. The Note may also be packing a 12MP camera, an upgrade from the original Note’s 8MP, and a speedy quad-core processor.

Other speculation includes the possible inclusion of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s latest mobile operating system.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 display

The hybrid device, bridging the divide between a tablet and a smartphone, is also set to feature unbreakable pane technology in its display, allowing for a slimmer design.

Although Samsung has confirmed very little about its latest offering to the ‘phablet’ market, a Super AMOLED screen, which offers a better viewing experience and better performance in direct sunlight, could be a key feature.

Other AMOLED display benefits include better energy efficiency, higher refresh rates and faster response times.

A screen resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels at 360ppi density is also set to provide the Note 2 with sharp graphics.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – the rise of the phablet?

Figures from research conducted by ABI suggest that 208 million phablets will be shipped worldwide by 2015, ensuring a healthy slice of the market for Galaxy Note 2 and other similar models.

The research also suggested that the larger screen size will see phablets, defined as having a touchscreen display sized between 4.6 and 5.5-inches, competing with tablet devices.

Screen sizes in general are certainly getting bigger, and the Galaxy Note is leading the charge. So expect to see a lot more manufacturers follow suit in the years to come.

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