Samsung is readying a more affordable version of the Galaxy Note 2, reports suggest, as it bids to introduce phablets to mass-market consumers.
According to industry-wise sources cited by Sam Mobile, the South Korean gadget-maker is planning a stripped down version of the Note 2 with lower-end specs but the same expansive form factor.
Among the features that will fall by the wayside for what the site provisionally calls the 'basic Galaxy Note 2' is the S-Pen stylus, which Samsung will instead retain as a key differentiator for its top-end smartphone-tablet hybrid.
Super AMOLED screen technology, which has been a hallmark of top-of-the-range Galaxy kits since the Galaxy S dropped back in 2010, is also thought likely to be ditched for a cheaper display.
Toting a 5.3-inch screen that were we adhere strictly to industry definitions puts it in very firmly in tablet territory, the Note 2 has once again bucked received wisdom over phabets' appeal to sell over five million units since landing just over five months ago.
As well breathing new life into the stylus, the device also introduced some exclusive tweaks to the Android OS it is powered by, including the option to open multiple windows for multi-tasking.