Samsung could launch the Galaxy Note 2 later this year with a larger screen

Samsung Galaxy NoteFew would have thought the Galaxy Note’s screen needed to get much larger, as at 5.3-inches, it was considered by too many to be almost comically big, especially for a device which was supposed to be used as a phone.

Samsung disagrees, and a new rumour suggests the sequel to the Note — which has been a big seller for the Korean firm — will sport a screen that’s even bigger than its predecessor’s.

According to a report published by GSMArena.com, the Note 2′s screen will grow to 5.5-inches, but crucially the size of the actual handset will reduce. Making the Note 2 more manageable in the hand, even though the screen will be larger, should see the tablet/smartphone hybrid become even more desirable.

This won’t be the first time Samsung has managed this either, as the Galaxy S3 is almost identical in size to the Galaxy S2, despite having a considerably larger display — 4.8-inches over 4.3-inches.

It’s being speculated that the Note 2 will be released in September this year, having been brought forward to beat the new Apple iPhone onto the market. Potential features include an improved 8-megapixel camera and 1.5GB of RAM.

A dual-core processor could once again power the device, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung popped in the same quad-core Exynos chip used in the Galaxy S3. There’s no word on the operating system either, but if it is released in September, it’s almost certainly going to be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and not the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version.

We’ll have to wait and see how this rumour plays out, but if Samsung is serious about getting the Note 2 out before the iPhone, then an official announcement can’t be far away.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars