Samsung Galaxy Note 2: bigger screen, narrower body, launching in September

Samsung Galaxy Note 2: bigger screen, narrower body, launching in SeptemberThe 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.

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Pondlife  Jul. 2, 2012 at 10:17

How much was the original at launch?

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:25

How much was the original at launch?
Around the £500 mark, as far as I can remember. It wasn't extortionately expensive or anything, and the price fell quite quickly.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 12:41

How much was the original at launch?
Around the £500 mark, as far as I can remember. It wasn't extortionately expensive or anything, and the price fell quite quickly.

True. It was €599 on prepay in Ireland - which is arguably a more "appropriate" price than €579 for the HTC One X...
We've been over this a lot, but hey: size aside, imho it is currently the best Android phone (I'm not counting the SGS3 - I haven't used that one enough to compare the 2). It's as fast as more current 'flagships', it beats them all in terms of battery life. And it has a hole for a pen or very slim emergency cigarette*** :D

*** NB: smoking is relatively disgusting.

jaybear88  Jul. 2, 2012 at 20:06

Relative to what, Jan? :p

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 20:16

Relative to what, Jan? :p
exactly :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 21:03

Relative to what, Jan? :p
It was a subtle dig at my perfectly rational dislike for smokers. Wasn't it, Jan ;)?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 2, 2012 at 21:08

Relative to what, Jan? :p
It was a subtle dig at my perfectly rational dislike for smokers. Wasn't it, Jan ;)?


No, actually not. Relatively speaking. :p
But I'm sure nobody's interested in a long complicated 'rant' on the issue...

In fact, I didn't even realise you disliked smokers...

Tequila  Jul. 21, 2012 at 15:25

I hope note 2 is not designed like s3,s3 is ugly design wise.but original note looks alright

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