By Sumit Passary | Aug 28, 2012 10:03 AM EDT
Smartphone market leader Samsung is on the verge of releasing its latest device, Galaxy Note 2, at the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin on Aug. 29. The current Galaxy Note users will be waiting for the launch to see if the new gadget is worth bidding adieu to the old version.
A recently released video teaser of Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 sent confirmation to tech enthusiasts that the much-talked about device is no more a rumor and will hit the shelves soon.
The current Galaxy Note users will be looking for a reason to think of an upgrade.
Introduced in Oct. 2011, the Galaxy Note comes with a dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM. To stay abreast with the changing times and technological improvements, a more powerful quad-core Exynos processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz with 2GB of RAM, will power the Galaxy Note 2.
The Galaxy Note sports a 5.3-inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 800x1280 resolution. The new Galaxy Note 2 is expected to have a slightly bigger display at 5.5-inch, super AMOLED screen with 1680x1050 resolution. It is speculated that Samsung may change the screen ratio of the new device to 16:9, an improvement when compared to the original Galaxy Note which has a 16:10 screen ratio.
Camera and Storage
The Galaxy Note offers users an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to pack a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with enhanced sensor. Both the Galaxy Note and the Note 2 will be similar when it comes to storage, with 16/32 GB on-board storage available to the users with the option to expand with the help of a microSD card. However, the Galaxy Note 2 will offer its users expandable memory option of up to 64 GB when compared to 32 GB in its predecessor.
A 2500 mAh battery boosts the Galaxy Note. Not much is known about the battery for the Note 2; however, users will expect a powerful battery to meet the requirements of the power-hungry device.
The original Galaxy Note bared resemblance to the Galaxy S2. This factor may give one reasons to believe that Samsung may come up with something similar. "The working product Galaxy Note II is a derivative model of the Galaxy S III which has just started accepting preorders this week, and will be released by October," indicated MK Business News.
To keep pace with rivals in the highly competitive smartphone market, the Galaxy Note already ticks most connectivity boxes: fast mobile internet with LTE connectivity (U.S models), Wi-Fi support, and Bluetooth. Rumors suggest that Galaxy Note's succesor will also be NFC enabled.
With Samsung Galaxy Note 2 exceeding the original Galaxy Note's specification on most counts, we won't be surprised if users upgrade to the Galaxy Note 2.
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