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.