JULY 20, 2012, 3:31 P.M. New York local time — Reports reveal that Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy Note 2 tab-phone will include a quad-core CPU and a 720p display. Can it compete with the iPhone 5?
5.3-inch or 5.5-inch with 720p display and a slightly faster processor? If accurate, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be 1.5-inch bigger than the iPhone 5′s rumored 4-inch screen.
Reports today say that Samsung is already testing the “Galaxy Note 2″ after benchmarks for the handset from GLBenchmark appeared online. According to Phone Arena, a certain Samsung GT-N7100 phone appeared in the popular benchmark site with 1.6Ghz quad-core processor a relatively faster CPU compared to Samsung Galaxy S3′s quad-core Exynos 4 system on a chip. The post also revealed that the phone will boast an HD 1280 x 720p touch screen display resolution.
Aside from the quad-core processor, larger display and new operating system, speculation has been mounting as to what materials would be included in the phone’s outer shell, more premium materials? Or still plastic?Also new in the Galaxy Note 2 rumors is the possible out of the box operating system. Phone Arena’s report claims that the Note 2 will include the months-old but still popular 2011 Android Ice Cream Sandwich platform. For starters, the latest version of Android is “Jelly Bean,” the out of the box mobile operating system of Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet computer.
Slashgear reports that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will hit the IFA stage in Europe on August 30. The phone’s rumored launch indirectly suggests that it will compete with Apple’s next smartphone, the iPhone 5, which will reportedly arrive before the end of October according to channel checks of numerous analysts.
Speaking of analysts, Market Watch reports that the iPhone 5 will slow down sales of other mobile devices and their components in the time frame leading up to its release date — including Apple and its older iPhones.
Qualcomm, maker of smartphones chipset including the processors of Samsung’s US-based Galaxy S3 (Snapdragon S4) and Galaxy Note, said that the September quarter is widely expected to post lower revenue whilst adding that the “December quarter” will be strong. The report goes on to say that Qualcomm’s share is rising. Another analyst, James Faucette of Pacific Crest, said that Qualcomm could sell 40 million chipset units for the iPhone 5 alone.
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