Last year Samsung announced the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note at IFA Berlin, an event that kicked off on September 2nd. This year the first day of IFA Berlin takes place on August 31st. According to the Korean publication MB Business News, that’s when Samsung will show off the Note II. The story goes on to say that the device will have a 5.5 inch screen, though it will remain the same size as the current Note.
Like the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note II will use Samsung’s quad core Exynos processor. There’s also talk that the Note II will have a 12 to 13 megapixel camera, but this writer doesn’t think that’ll happen. The first generation Note was basically a Galaxy S II with a larger screen. This new model will likely follow the same pattern of simply taking the latest Galaxy and bumping up the screen size.
Now we have to admit, we made a lot of fun of the Note when we first heard about it, but the sales numbers it achieved made us rethink our stance on the product. Last month Samsung announced they sold over 7 million Notes. Considering that it hit the market in October 2011, that’s a little over 1 million units a month. To put that into some perspective, during the first three months of 2012 Nokia managed to sell just 2 million Windows Phones.
But back to the Note II, the report we mentioned earlier says it’ll run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Again, this writer doesn’t believe that, but he’d be incredibly happy to be proven wrong. It should be noted (no pun intended) that Samsung will likely update the Galaxy S III to Jelly Bean by the end of the year, and since the Note II is just a jumo GSIII, it shouldn’t be too long for that device to get it as well.
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