Samsung Galaxy S3 to get bigger brother called Galaxy Note II in August

A source close to Samsung has apparently told BGR that the company will be launching a follow-up to the Galaxy Note called the Galaxy Note II on 15 August at 4pm UK time.

The device, which may well displace the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the company's flagship smartphone, is said to be thinner and taller and come with a massive 5.5in screen compared to the 5.3in one on the Galaxy Note.

Other rumoured specifications for this phablet include Bluetooth 4.0, a 12-megapixel camera, a quad-core processor (the same as the Galaxy S3 but clocked at 1.6GHz rather than 1.4GHz), a slightly lower resolution 1,280 x 720 pixel screen as opposed to the previous Note's 1,280 x 800 (a subtle switch from 16:10 to 16:9), and finally Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rather than Jelly Bean.

It is not known whether Samsung will keep the capacitive stylus on the new Note II or if it will come bundled with 50GB worth of cloud storage as for the S3.

The current Galaxy Note - which launched 10 months ago - was on sale at Asda for £369 a few weeks ago (currently out of stock) but you can still get the handset for around £15.50 per month (with an initial fee of £99) on pay monthly contracts.

Source: BGR