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Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 2 release for 29 August

Just weeks before the expected debut of Apple's next-generation smartphone - thus far dubbed the iPhone 5 - Samsung has confirmed it will unleash a sequel to its popular Galaxy Note handset/tablet hybrid at IFA on 29 August.

Media outlets in South Korea, where Samsung is based, have hinted that the new Galaxy Note is likely to feature a superior camera and faster processor than its older sibling, and also boast an unbreakable, 5.5in display. If you're keeping score, that's 0.2in bigger than the present model's screen and just 1.5in smaller than tablets like the Nexus 7.

"We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29," a Samsung spokesman said on Friday, without elaborating.

The announcement further ups the ante in the all-out global war between Samsung and its bitter American rival, with the Galaxy Note 2 launch in Berlin at the end of the month set to coincide with the conclusion of the historic US patent trial being contested by the leading smartphone manufacturers.

Samsung will be hoping its latest line-up refresh helps it to defend its current position atop the handset market, taking some of the sting out of the downturn predicted when the iPhone 5 launches.

Samsung will be hoping the line-up refresh helps it to defend its current position a top of the smartphone market, taking some of the sting out of the market share loss expected when the

Multiple sources have pointed to Apple holding a 12 September 'special event', where it is expected to finnaly announce its new iPhone, the sixth iteration in its flagship smartphone range – and also possibly a smaller form factor tablet, the 'iPad Mini', to complete with the likes of the Nexus 7.

Stay tuned, as ITProPortal will be in Berlin for the Samsung press conference on 29 August, bringing you the best coverage of the Korean tech giant's autumn product releases.