Samsung Rumored to Update Original Galaxy Note Phablet in October With Higher Res Display

After the success of the 5-inch phablet class that Samsung is helping to popularize with the original 5.3-inch Android-powered Galaxy Note, the company is planning a refresh in the form of the Galaxy Note 2 with an even larger display, but not by much. The Galaxy Note 2 will utilize a 5.5-inch display, pushing the limits of the size of a screen on a smartphone even further. The good news is that the marginally larger display may in fact accommodate even more pixels. Samsung is speculated to a debut a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1680 X 1050 on the Note 2 5.5, up from 1280 X 800 on the original 5.3-inch model.

According to Ubuntu Life, other specs for the phablet include 4G LTE connectivity, 1.5 GB of RAM, dual-core 1.7 GHz or higher Exynos CPU, and the premium software suite to make use of Samsung’s S Pen digitizer. The phablet is expected to debut in October, a year after the original model came to market.

It’s unclear why Samsung would not be upgrading the Galaxy Note 2 5.5 to a quad-core Exynos processor. The company is using its quad-core applications processor on its Galaxy S III flagship Android smartphone and it has been speculated that the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 has been delayed so Samsung could launch that tablet with quad-core processing power.

Since the Galaxy Note debuted, Samsung had announced that it has shipped over 7 million units worldwide. The phablet is available on U.S. carrier AT&T in the U.S. It’s still unclear at this time if AT&T will also pick up the second-generation successor.


  1. Will definitely upgrade
    Been using the Note for over 6 months now and it is the best device by far

    Only a bigger screen with high res and quad core cpu would I upgrade and so far looking good

  2. I’ve been waiting for a phablet to get picked up by someone with more flexible plans than AT&T.
    Glad to see that Samsung hasn’t listened to all the reporters out there copying each other to say that the phablet’s won’t last. Phhhtttt

    • The international unlocked Note gives you that flexibility. For example, depending on how much unthrottled data you need, there is Walmart Straight Talk (which uses AT&T or TMobile towers depending on which SIM you choose) for $45 and TMobile monthly plans starting at $30.

  3. Why increase the size of the screen? The size of the original Note is perfect…just barely small enough to manage in my hand (and I’m tall) and just small enough to put in my pocket. Any larger and this wouldn’t be the case.

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