Last week, we reported on murmurs started by Samsung that August 15th would be the date for a significant product launch, and now, BGR has learned via a "source close to" the Korean company, that said product will indeed be the rumored Galaxy Note II.

The original Galaxy Note was a niche product, billed as the perfect median between smartphone and tablet. Although it isn’t the sort of device that can be squirrelled away in the pocket, it’s still more than portable, and with the ├╝ber-sharp S Pen (fancy word for a stylus), users have been given free reign to go ahead and be creative with the larger-than-life "phablet".

Following on from the success of the Galaxy Note, the next in line is said to be thinner than its predecessor, with a 5.5-inch display – a slight bump from the 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen on the front of the original. Despite this, though, the Galaxy Note II may have a screen of 720p resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels), which is actually slightly fewer than the 1,280 x 800 res of the first Galaxy Note.

Some reports are suggesting the device will be taller, although others have speculated the Note II will become smaller than the current Note – despite having a larger screen. Such a move is bound to impress enthusiasts of the device (and there are plenty of them), and it will be interesting to see if Samsung makes many changes to the popular design in general.

The Galaxy Note II is likely to pack a similar punch as Samsung’s current flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S III – so expect more quad-core loveliness and plenty of RAM for playing resource-intensive games or multitasking.

With the 7-inch Google Nexus 7 having just released to the market, it’s fair to say the demand for the Note II could be a lot less, with consumers having found their niche product with the small, powerful, and cheap tablet. The Note, lest we forget, is a smartphone though, so for those looking to use one device for the majority of their digital needs, the Samsung Galaxy Note II might well be your perfect companion.

All will become clearer on August 15th, and we’ll keep on the lookout for any more info in the meanwhile.

(via BGR)

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