Samsung is known for releasing its smartphones in a wide array of colors, and now the company may launch its popular Galaxy Note 2 in another shade next year. A purported leaked image has indicated that a black version of the Galaxy Note successor could be in the works.
Previous rumors have hinted that Samsung would add more colors to its lineup of Galaxy Note 2 devices. As Samsung news blog Sam Mobile reported back in November, these colors included Amber Brown, Ruby Wine and Topaz Blue. These new colors along with the rumored black variant are expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February, according to Slash Gear’s report. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 is currently available through major carriers in the US in shades such as Pebble Blue and Marble White.
The allegedly leaked photo shows the rear of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 in black with the company’s logo sprawled across the back. There is no indication of which carrier this darker edition of the smartphone would launch on, and although multiple websites have reported on this image no source has been specified. It appears to be a press photo that surfaced on the Web earlier than expected, so we’re assuming that it came from one of Samsung’s website or a carrier’s website and was quickly pulled down.
The Korea-based company’s newest phablet isn’t the only device that may be seeing some new color additions come 2013. The Galaxy S3 mini is also rumored to launch in new colors, as Sam Mobile also reported back in November. However, it is important to remember that this information has not been confirmed by Samsung or any mobile carriers, so we won’t know how credible these leaks are until we hear official word.
Although these new color additions are considered rumor, it seems like a likely step for the company. Samsung appears to be following in the success of its flagship Galaxy S3 when it comes to the Galaxy Note 2. Both devices were released on all major carriers in the US, which has become a new tradition for the Galaxy brand manufacturer. The Note 2 also features the same design elements of the Galaxy S3, with its curved edges and nature-inspired body. Samsung released subsequent colors of the Galaxy S3 following its launch, so it would come as no surprise to see additional variants of the Galaxy Note 2.
These rumors come just as the Galaxy Note 2 has reached a major milestone in South Korea. Galaxy Note 2 sales have officially topped one million sales in the country as of Monday. This feat comes only 90 days after the “phablet’s” initial launch South Korea this past September. Last month, Samsung announced that it had sold five million units of its Galaxy Note 2 worldwide, and that number is likely to have grown since then.
The Galaxy Note 2, which comes with a larger 5.5-inch display and a speedy quad-core processor, introduced new features to the recently established Galaxy Note line. Launching with Android 4.1 right out of the box, Galaxy Note 2 owners have access to features such as multi window support, Air Play and other S Pen enhancements, and improved camera functionality as well. The device also comes with 4G LTE connectivity and a larger battery than its predecessor.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...