Samsung is reportedly gearing up to launch the second-generation model of its half-smartphone, half-tablet Galaxy Note device this month.
"We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29," a Samsung spokesman told Reuters, declining to provide further details.
A late-August release date means the new Galaxy Note’s arrival would come just two weeks before the highly anticipated debut of Apple's new iPhone, which is reportedly slated for Sept. 12.
Separate reports surfacing from Samsung’s home base of South Korea are suggesting the new Galaxy Note will feature a 5.5-inch display, delivering slightly more screen real estate compared to the 5.3-inch first-generation model. The new device is also expected to sport a faster processor and a more advanced camera.
Samsung's Galaxy Note is a hybrid smartphone and tablet device that comes with Samsung's S Pen, a stylus for note taking and basic screen navigation. In June, Samsung said it had sold approximately 7 million Galaxy Notes since the device first became available in February.
In its second-quarter earnings report released in July, Samsung attributed much of its $US42.7 billion record quarterly revenue to continued demand for its Android-based Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III smartphone. Its handset business, as a result of these two products, saw earnings skyrocket 75 percent year on year, Samsung said.
Samsung and Apple have been in a neck-and-neck race for smartphone dominance for months now, each touting a robust app ecosystem and a growing subscriber base. Samsung, however, was crowned the most recent victor, with market analyst Juniper Research saying the Korean tech giant sold 52.1 million smartphones during the second quarter, more than double Apple’s 26 million iPhones.
Apple and Samsung are currently entangled in an all-out patent war, with the two tech giants making their first appearance in a U.S. court this week. Both companies are accusing the other of having infringed on its patents for smartphones and tablets, and they are seeking financial damages in return.