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Will Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 be a bigger Galaxy S3 with a stylus?

It’s interesting to see how Samsung has managed to push the original Galaxy Note as what one could consider to be a Galaxy S2+, six months after the launch of the S2.

It's slightly bolder and better than the S2 - just enough to keep the pressure on Apple and the rest of the competition.

Based on the differences between the S2 and the Note, we dare to predict that the Note 2, which is scheduled to be launched this afternoon at a Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin, will be a Galaxy S3+, a small enough improvement on the S3 to entice users to consider both devices rather than Apple's forthcoming iPhone 5.

Other than a bigger screen (5.3in being the most likely option), the screen resolution we reckon will be the same at 1,280 x 800 pixels (rather than 1,280 x 720 as others have suggested).

Expect a quad-core system-on-chip (the same Exynos 4412 that runs in the Galaxy S3), 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, the S Pen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and sticking to the same 2500mAh battery, 8-megapixel rear camera sensor, and a 2-megapixel front-facing one.

Check back later today for up-to-the-minute details about the announcement. Meanwhile, follow the link to find out why Samsung chose the Galaxy Note 2 as its IFA 2012 headline act.