When the Samsung Galaxy Note first arrived last year, quite a few people didn’t really know what to make of it. I mean, it looked a great deal like a smartphone, and operated as such, but the sheer size of the device categorized it as something different. The unofficially dubbed "phablet" device has, despite lacking conformity, been a rousing success, and consumers are now looking forward to its successor, set to be announced later this month at Samsung’s IFA conference.
With the Korean company having generated some hype by announcing a special release arriving this month, Android fans immediately pointed to the possibility of a brand new Galaxy Note, and as well as the numerous leaks we’ve already seen in the past week or two of its purported final design, another has surfaced which, if true, will certainly appease the majority.
We expect Samsung to really go to town with the name – opting for the adventurous title of Galaxy Note II– and the most recent leak before today, which showed the front bezel of the device, indicated the screen would be bumped from the current 5.3-inches to 5.5-inches – a pretty healthy increase in display real-estate terms.
Earlier reports suggested the Note II might take a few aesthetic elements from the immensely-successful Galaxy S III, and it now appears as though that could well be the case. An image (featuring a bezel looking mightily similar to the aforementioned leak), shows a rendered design of what we’d presume is the Note II, and as you can see, the it oozes the same kind of style seen with the S III, while also maintaining its own identity.
When a company has two very successful product lines – as Samsung has with the Note and S III – the temptation is always to amalgamate the two, and although merging the two contrasting devices would be unwise in itself, giving the Note II a slicker finish akin to the flagship handset looks a sure-fire winner in our eyes.
The physical home button also appears set to make the cut, and if is the real deal, we’re struggling to find any legitimate reason to slander it. Of course, it could well have been nicely faked, so it’s key not to get carried away, but with the IFA event not too far away, we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.