The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 pre-release rumour wagon continues to chug along right on schedule. A month ago we had the first spec-heavy rumour piece regarding the phablet follow-up, then came a slightly left-field tweet-then-delete reference from SamsungMobileArabia (which now boasts nearly 10,000 followers as a result).
And now we move on to the next phase. It's time for the “trusted source” to make an entrance, in this case confirming that the Galaxy Note 2's screen will indeed be bumped up to 5.5in across, but it will also be slightly narrower than before as Samsung reverts to a conventional 16:9 aspect ratio.
The existing model, introduced late last year, has a 5.3in 16:10 screen, and while the latest info (surfaced by GSMArena) repeats the claim of a bigger screen we heard a month ago now, talk of a switch to a more conventional aspect ratio is new.
As a result, the Galaxy Note 2 will actually now be narrower than the original despite the screen size increase, though there's nothing on the type or resolution of the panel in question. GSMArena has, however, put together a mock-up of how the handset will look based on the new screen dimensions, which we've reproduced here.
As things stand, previous rumours have pointed to a new Samsung Exynos 5250 dual-core chipset, 1.5GB or possibly even 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera.
GSMArena's source also reckons Samsung plans to move the Galaxy Note 2's release date forward a month from October to September as part of Samsung's response plan for the launch of the Apple iPhone 5.