These past few weeks have been quite the ride for Samsung’s Galaxy Note devotees — a variant of the original model is finally (and officially) on its way to T-Mobile’s airwaves, and a report out of South Korea pointed to some nifty upgrades in place for the phablet’s successor.
Now there’s a new, even juicier tidbit for those phablet fans to mull over. A Samsung spokesperson confirmed to Reuters last night that the company would indeed show off “the next Galaxy Note” at an event in Berlin on August 29 — just two days before the city’s massive IFA trade show is slated to kick off.
Sadly, said spokesperson wasn’t feeling very gabby when it came to specifics about the device — even just the name would’ve been nice — but early reports hinted at the inclusion of a quad-core processor and an even larger 5.5-inch display. Should those details hold true, it seems like a natural (if conservative) step for a device that pushed plenty of limits the first time around. More than a few people (myself included) weren’t initially sold on the concept of pairing an awfully wide phone with something as seemingly passe as a stylus, but the original went on to sell 7 million units as of this past June. Not too shabby, Samsung.
This turn of events also casts some doubt on the big August 15 unveiling that Samsung’s U.S. arm announced earlier this month. Many expected the company to pull back the curtains on the new Galaxy Note at that domestic event, but that seems awfully unlikely now — the original Galaxy Note made its debut at the IFA show last year, so to trot it out on U.S. soil as opposed to one of the world’s largest consumer electronics events seems a little lacking in the grandeur department. Looks like it may be full speed ahead for the long-awaited 10.1-inch Galaxy Note tablet, especially considering that some online retailers will soon be pushing them out the door.