Samsung’s major announcement this coming August 15 in New York will be about the Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet, the sequel to last year’s successful pen-enabled device, at least according to the BGR website which asserts that sources close to Samsung have confirmed this claim.
The South Korean company had sent invitations last week to media for a press conference where it revealed that it will be making public its newest addition to its Galaxy line of devices. However, in the invitation, it did not specify which device it will be introducing.
It had been believed earlier that the Note II was scheduled for an August 30 launch, right before the IFA 2012 trade show in Germany because last year, Samsung also launched the original Note around that time. Moreover, some thought that Samsung was planning to unveil a different product, namely the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, during the launch. The Samsung confirmation, however, puts to rest this rumor, especially since the device was already shown to the public during the Mobile World Congress earlier this year.
BGR did not make mention of any of the new Note’s specifications, save for its 5.5-inch display that will be slightly larger than the 5.3-inch screen found on its predecessor. Among the strong rumors surrounding the phablet, however, is the display’s 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, which is a tad bit lower than the original Galaxy Note’s 1280 x 800. Furthermore, rumors suggest that the device could come with the Exynos 5250 processor based on ARM Cortex-A15. As for its operating system, one could always hope that the device offers Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, but it is also likely that it will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and Samsung will roll out an update shortly after the device becomes available. Its main camera is said to have at least an 8-megapixel sensor, or even as high as 12 or 13 megapixels. LTE support is a strong possibility, along with pre-installed software like All Share Play, Music Hub, and S Beam, which are also found on the Galaxy S III smartphone. The S Pen, of course, will still be part of the package. Its price, meanwhile, is not expected to be on the budget range like the original Note which was a high-end device as well.