Twas just two days ago that the good Mr Curdie shuffled in roundabout fashion towards the obvious conclusion that a “major” Samsung product announcement tabled for August 15 pretty much had to be about the Galaxy Note II.
Well, he was right – or at least we're around 98.2% sure he was anyway. That's the credibility rating we'd give a BGR report claiming that a Samsung source has confirmed the whole deal.
We say report, but in truth it's barely more than a couple of sentences saying, well, pretty much the above. Which is fine, because the rest is familiar territory anyway.
The big-boned Galaxy Note, complete with its 5.3in screen, has proved a surprising success for Samsung, to the extent that a successor has been seen as a fait accompli for months now.
Early guesses spoke of September, then the potential due date crept forward to the end of August, before Samsung itself told us to be ready and waiting for something “major” at the middle of next month.
And with a likely 5.5in screen, that's major with a capital M. And in case you're thinking you'll need plastic surgery just to be able to hold the thing, the good news is that some aspect ratio jiggery-pokery (namely switching from 16:10 to a more conventional 16:9) means the Galaxy Note 2 will actually be a little thinner than the current model, albeit taller.
And just to stir up the anticipation factor even further, there's the juicy rumour reported by Phone Arena that a device labelled the Samsung GT-N7100 (bear in mind the original Galaxy Note is the N7000) made a fleeting appearance posting some pretty crazy numbers on GLBenchmark before disappearing again – no doubt following a very pointed “ahem” from a senior Samsungite.
The device in question boasted the same Exynos 4412 quad-core chip found inside the new Galaxy S III, but running at 1.6GHz rather than the 1.4GHz offered by the Galaxy S3.
The screen resolution of 1280 x 720 is consistent with the 16:9 aspect ratio reports, and the only real downside is that it's “only” Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich running the show, rather than the newer Jelly Bean.
But let's be fair – it's bigger, faster and cleverer than the current model, and looks like getting here sooner than anyone was expecting. What's to complain about?