Samsung was reportedly sending out press invites since last week for a press conference in the US that will kick off on August 15th. Though Samsung is mum what exactly it will unveil on the said event, earlier rumours suggest it could be the successor to the supersized smartphone, the GALAXY Note. If you could remember, the first GALAXY Note was released at the IFA event in Berlin last year. It does make sense to expect Samsung to announce the second iteration of the device at this year’s IFA (on August 31), but it seems like Samsung will make the announcement ahead of it.
If indeed Samsung takes the wraps off the 2nd generation GALAXY Note on August 15th, which we can call for now as the Samsung GALAXY Note II, certainly that would carry stunning specs and features in today’s smartphones. And to wrap these specs up, here are CTB’s best bet:
Slimmer Form-Factor, Bigger Display
The first GALAXY Note is 9.7mm thin and features a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The GALAXY Note II however, maybe slimmer than its predecessor or a bit thicker than the GALAXY S III. It’s most likely that Samsung will be using the same Super AMOLED display, and if the 5.5-inch screen size turned out to be true – the GALAXY Note II would offer higher pixel density, even higher if Samsung increases horizontal pixel counts from 800 to 960, resulting a display resolution of 960 x 1280 pixels.
The first GALAXY Note was powered by an Exynos chipset with 1.4GHz of processor inside. It’s the same chip used in the GALAXY S II, only that the latter was underclocked at 1.2GHz. 2012 could be the year of the quad-cores and the GALAXY Note II won’t be an exception. Samsung released the GALAXY S III two months ago, and it’s rocking a quad-core processor ticking at 1.4GHz inside another Exynos chip, the 4412 Quad. Seems like there’s an unambiguous pattern here: that is same chipset, same processor only that the GALAXY Note is 0.2GHz faster than GALAXY S variant, and same graphics processor. So it’s most likely that the Samsung GALAXY Note II will also pack an Exynos 4412 Quad chipset, with an overclocked 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and a Mali-400MP graphics processor under its hood.
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
Google’s incremental update to Android OS (the Jelly Bean) has already been made available for some of its Nexus-branded smartphones and on its lone Nexus 7 tablet, but the OTA updates for other device makers have been around the corner as well. Though it doesn’t guarantee that the GALAXY Note II will carry the latest Android OS, I’m still inclined to believe the device will have Jelly Bean out of the box.
Up to 64GB Storage
If there’s another thing to boost on the first GALAXY Note, certainly the storage is on the list. And yes, Samsung might have a 64GB variant of the GALAXY Note II once it comes out.
Better Camera Optics
An 8MP camera on a mobile device like the GALAXY Note is undeniably great. But to set apart the GALAXY Note II and of course to add a selling point for such device, I’d bet Samsung prepped this device with a 12MP shooter.
I don’t think Samsung will pack the GALAXY Note II with the same 2500mAh power source as its predecessor. A chip with a quad-core processor is theoretically more intensive in power consumption compared to another chip with only dual-core processor. The Exynos 4412 Quad and the more advanced OS with seamless UI showing off in a bigger display screen will definitely require more power and there should be an increased battery capacity to handle such power requirement, else it’s just as bad as dead.
So that’s the list of most notable specs I believe we’ll see on the GALAXY Note II, while carrying the rest of the specs of its predecessor such as the regional LTE support, NFC, and etc.
Do you think I’ve nailed the specs down? Let me know in the comment section below.