The release date for Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 is expected at the end of this month, but those hoping for the smartphone-tablet hybrid to come with Android's Jelly Bean may be disappointed. The Galaxy Note successor will reportedly launch with Ice Cream Sandwich instead.
Alleged leaks from insiders have shared this news with Sam Mobile, and added that the software that will accompany the Galaxy Note 2 upon launch is still undecided.
"The Note 2's test software is currently based on Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), which we'd have to say doesn't leave long for Samsung to change course," the source said to Sam Mobile.
But this does not mean that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system won't be making its way to the Galaxy Note in the near future. If the device does roll out with Ice Cream Sandwich, it is likely that Google will launch Jelly Bean "a couple of months later," as USwitch speculates.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 is expected to feature a larger screen than its predecessor, with a display measuring at 5.5 inches as opposed to the previous 5.3 edition. A render of the device that reportedly leaked before the launch of the Galaxy S3 depicted an edge-to-edge display and curved design.
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This image did appear on Samsung Pakistan's Facebook page, according to Gotta Be Mobile, but still hasn't been confirmed as the official design. The build is said to be similar to that of the Galaxy S3, which features a curved body that Samsung says is inspired by nature.
With a device that is significantly larger than others of its kind, the quality of the display can be an important factor. A rumor initially indicated that that the device would sport a flexible AMOLED display, but that was soon dismissed. The Galaxy Note 2 was then thought to come equipped with an HD 720p display, but then a different rumor popped up pointing towards the flexible technology once again.
A South Korean publication claimed that it will in fact support the flexible screen, which Samsung had showcased at trade shows but has yet to release to the public. This news comes from Korea IT Times, and the new display technology would allow for Samsung to put in a bigger battery for the device. Samsung was believed to be commercializing the technology for use in 2012, but has yet to officially announce its presence on any devices.
Check out the video below to get a preview of what these bendable screens can do.