Reports that Samsung will rush-release the Galaxy Note 2 appear to have been kyboshed by posters for the current-gen Note around the Olympics site, indicating that Sammy intends to be pushing the original edition of the phone at least until the event ends.
Latterly, a host of leaks from Samsung’s supply chain have suggested that the company could bring forward the launch of the phone in a bid to capitalise on the sales window before the iPhone 5’s expected arrival in September or October.
However, Samsung’s prominent promotion of the phone around the Olympics site and on the nearby Blackfriars Road, as the above snap captured by the London SE1 community website testifies, suggests that while it may well be on the way soon, it won’t be here before the "WORLD’S BIGGEST SPORTS EVENT™" kicks off in earnest on July 28th.
In fact, given the scale of the Olympics-related promo push it's getting, it seems pretty unlikely that the Note 2 will drop before the Games come to a close on August 12th.
Quite when it will appear, then, is anyone’s guess right now. But we’re putting our money on a launch much later in the fourth quarter, most likely in November, which would allow some of the fuss around the iPhone 5 to subside and still give the Note 2 a decent tilt at the seasonal market.
The successor to the five million-plus-selling Note is reportedly set to improve on the original with a larger screen, a quad-core processor and a revamped S-Pen stylus. For a full round-up of Note 2-related speculation, check out our one-stop guide to all the spec-sheet, pricing and availability rumours currently doing the rounds.