Rumors surfaced last month that Samsung would be releasing an update to the Galaxy Note that launched earlier this year. The phone is said to have a massive 5.5-inch display and a quad-core processor among other features. We now know that the latter bit of information is likely accurate thanks to recent test results uploaded to GLBenchmark.
Specifically, the handset will have a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, or 200MHz higher than the chip found in the recently released Galaxy S III. The dual-core Galaxy S II was clocked at 1.2GHz while the original Galaxy Note has a dual-core processor ticking along at 1.4GHz.
The benchmark results are a little higher than what the Galaxy S III is capable of according to SlashGear. We also know that the screen resolution on the tested device was 1,280 x 720, good for a 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the 16:10 found on the original. This lends some credit to earlier rumors about the screen being a little larger but the phone maintaining roughly the same chassis size.
The phone also appears to be running Android Jelly Bean, likely shipping as the native OS. It would seem a bit foolish at this point to launch what could be a flagship handset with yesterday’s operating system.
We still expect Samsung to introduce the handset on August 30, just one day before Germany’s IFA 2012 trade show begins. It seems that Samsung is keen on launching the smartphone before Apple makes the new iPhone available.
The Samsung Galaxy Note measures 147mm (5.78in) tall and 83mm (3.27in) across, which means that it feels absolutely massive when held in the hand. However, despite its large dimensions, the Note remains very thin at only 9.7mm (0.38in) thick. Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Note with impressive internal hardware: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (with just under 13GB available to the user). It comes with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz interface.
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