Samsung is working on a larger, beefier sequel to the Galaxy Note for release later this year, rumours suggest, seemingly further blurring the lines between a tablet and a smartphone.
According to sources cited by UbuntuLife, the centrepiece of the device will be a 5.5-inch screen with 1680 x 1050 resolution and a pixel density of 360 per inch. That compares with a 5.3-inch number sported by the current-generation Note.
Samsung will also upgrade the processor from a 1.5GHz number to an Exynos 1.7GHz 5250 number. More than a little surprisingly given how much Samsung has led the charge for multi-core phones, this will be dual-core and not a quad-core chipset of the kind that graces the Galaxy S3.
The next Note is expected to tip up in September – the month many analysts and tech deep throats have identified as marking the arrival of the iPhone 5.
Assuming that’s true, it almost goes without saying that you can pencil in a smartphone battle royale for mind and marketshare between the two increasingly testy rivals during the fourth quarter.
Details of Sammy’s plans to extend the Note brand comes after reports surfaced that the original model has raced to seven million sales in seven months, confounding expectations that it was of limited appeal and would struggle to find support outside a core market of Fandroids and early adopters.
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