Jun 19 AT 3:22 PM Dustin Earley 40 Comments

New rumors on Galaxy Note II point to UBP display, October release

Flexible amoled

With the success of the original Galaxy Note still following them well into the second quarter of 2012, Samsung is already preparing a successor to the popular phablet. Thanks to a rumor report out of MK Business News, we may now have an idea what could go into the device.

According to MK Business News, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be improved in just about every way possible. Not only is the Note II rumored to include a quad-core processor, sturdier build, better battery life and Jelly Bean, it will also deploy a new screen technology known as unbreakable plane, or UBP.

Instead of using glass like with traditional OLED displays, UBP displays use a polymer film allowing for thinner and lighter components. UBP technology has also been called a, “precursor to the flexible display.” So while the Galaxy Note II may not feature a flexible OLED display, it will bring us one step closer.

If the latest rumors are right, you can look for the Galaxy Note II to launch sometime this October, going head-to-head with the Apple iPhone 5. In the meantime, we’ll still be keeping our eyes out for that elusive T-Mobile branded Note spotted in late April.

Source: MK Business News

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • thaghost

    I love it! Note II over iphone 5 everyday, all day. Cant wait to see what samsung brings to the table with this one.

    • Jarren

      Agreed, I just hope they make a Galaxy Note III because thanks to my Galaxy Nexus, my contract isn’t up with big Red until summer 2013

      • Jon Garrett

        dude, 2 words for you that have worked for me for several years now–early upgrade !!

  • Adryan maldonado

    Ohh man if this pans out this will be AMAZING!!!! I love my original note and this display tech sounds freaking awesome!!!! Again if the rumors are I’ll at a samsung store shouting JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!!

    • R.S

      Had the original Note been released for T-Mobile, I would have purchased it. If they release the Note 2 for T-Mobile from the very beginning (I’m not waiting half a year for it), I’ll buy it. If not, I’ll stick with the Galaxy series.

  • tagstar

    What kind of dimensions can we expect? 10.1″? phablet that’s a phone tablet right?

    • zerosix

      They already have 10.1 Note.
      I don’t think, that they will increase the screen size, may be, very little. I’m sure, that they will focus not on screen/core/ram, but on software and unique features, just like they did in SGS3.

      • moew

        Right, because this is the apple way.

        Produce less than stellar specs, but focus on OMG we have a FAP app.

        But in this case, uber specs and focusing on real software, sounds like a win win!

  • AppleFUD

    6″ screen with minimal bezel and on-screen keys (no hardware keys) and world GSM comparability (please include T-Mo USA), NO proprietary ports. . .

    One of the few devices that I’m still finding interesting.

    • WlfHart

      If they did that I think I’d even pre-order…

      • cb2000a

        It would be too wide…unless they change the aspect ratio.

        • kazahani

          Not if they reduced the bezel and had on-screen buttons, like he suggested. If they did those things, they could fit a 6 inch screen on the current note.

  • Ps3y3Ops

    Hope that quad core processor makes it across the pond!

    • kazahani

      It will. NVidia is working on Tegra 3+, which supports LTE. As soon as they start putting that in phones, we will see it here in the states. I just wish in the meantime that T-mobile would pick up a current Tegra3 phone, since it would run on their HSPA+.

  • jerkyjones

    I’m very interested to see where UBP takes us as far as device thickness goes. I really quite enjoy living in the future.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    In other news, the nuclear power plant to recharge the battery in this beast is an optional accessory.

    • kazahani

      Nah, dude. Just download the “Shake to Charge” app!

  • epps720

    Wow sounds really intriguing!

  • nivekkev

    Hopefully they will launch this on all carriers at the same time. Was seriously considering the current Note when it is released on T-Mobile, just so happens my full upgrade starts in October. Can’t wait for more info!!!

  • BIllyBob

    By the time it makes its way to T-Mobile I probably won’t want it because it will be 8 months past the initial October release.

  • Tommy

    If this is somewhat true then all hail a big F U to samsung, galaxy note has STILL not recieved worldwide ICS upgrade, they are TOO late with upgrades, it’s not THAT different from SII which got android months ago! Just release an open API for the S-pen functionality and let everyone else do it for you! Because they do a h*** of a lot better work than you! And better too! THank you to all ROM makers out there, especially to the programmers of the ICS stunner ROM, although it needs an upgrade atm. Samsung, step it up, or i’m switching me and all my friends who bought a note because of me to HTC or Apple. F*ckers.

    • CTown

      Essentially everybody who has ever commented on an Android blog has said that he or she will never buy a Samsung product again. Some blogs even wrote about it. Yet, Samsung still sells a lot of phones. It seems people keep forgiving Samsung or just don’t care.

    • redraider133

      Blame it on carriers, most international versions already have ICS, sgs2 included.

      • Joshua

        I beg to differ. Most international versions don’t have ICS. I am in Korea, they don’t have it (damn hq for Samsung). I know a lot of people all over who don’t have it.

    • BigCiX

      Why do u think I never buy Samsung devices. All they care about is selling record numbers. Learned from my Captivate about slow updates. I wouldn’t expect ICS for the GS II from Sammy and at&t until August if that.

      • cb2000a

        It’s just been released for the S2. Note is not far behind.

    • n25philly

      My note got ICS. :P

  • Tommy

    Need to correct, recieved android 4 months ago, and i meant they do it faster too, the ROM developers, that is.

  • Mix

    Once it makes it across to us it will end up a single core, made of cardboard and take AAA batteries!

    On a serious “note” (tee hee) this sounds impressive and might make we wait on tossing my BB aside!

  • Dave Clary

    Is there a vaccine available for upgrade fever. I love my GT-N7000 but I’ll always be tempted by the next big thing.

    • Dustin Earley

      Man… why did I have to laugh at that first sentence.

  • CTown

    That 5.3 inch screen on the Galaxy Note was pretty big… Nintendo DS emulating big (that’s a hint to you emulator developers out there)!

  • redraider133

    Hopefully these rumors turn out to be true but after all the sgs3 rumors that ended up being just that, I am not going to get too excited….yet. Hopefully this version comes to all carriers not just at&t.

  • jamal adam

    Samsung, doing big things.

  • The_Diz

    I just like saying “phablet”.

  • Raptor

    UBP….one more buzzword united crowds of teen morons will salivate on.

    Like SGS3 whole last year which loses to HTC One in each and every benchmark. And before was Galaxy Nexus — another utter piece of crap. Read today Anandtech and its sour final words on SGS3.

    Loving initially for Clark’s articles i hate this site more and more recently. Where is Alberto by the way?

    • Raptor

      Taylor and Clark i mean

  • cb2000a

    The wife and I each just got the Note and we could not be happier. An awesome phone/tablet. I was at the stage where I did not want to drag a tablet around and she fell in love with the stylus (pen).

    • yankeesusa

      I’m looking forward to the galaxy note 2. I’m on sprint so hopefully sprint gets it. Otherwise I’ll be getting the sg s3 or another sammy phone that may have come out by december which is last month I can take advantage of my discount.

  • Rita

    I love the size of the Note. Would even like 6″. I’m wondering why not go with a small tablet plus a cheap pay as you go phone with a different carrier?