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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to unveiled in August at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Germany, according to Korean website MK Business News via The Verge). The new big-screen handset is rumored to feature a quad-core processor and a 12-megapixel camera.
If the second-generation Note does have a 5.5-inch display, it would be even bigger than the large 5.3-inch screen found on the first Note. Released earlier this year, the stylus-driven Note turned out to be a bigger-than-expected success for Samsung.
The details come as Apple is also rumored to be considering an increase in the screen size of its iPhone with a new sixth-generation model expected to debut this fall. However, Apple isn't expected to increase the size of the iPhone display to near the massive, near-tablet-size display of the Galaxy Note.
Reports have suggested that Apple's next iPhone will feature a screen size of around 4 inches, growing from the 3.5-inch-diagonal display that has been found on all iPhone models to date. Parts alleged to be from Apple's next iPhone have shown a taller display with about the same width as previous iPhones.
Comparison of Samsung Galaxy Note to Apple iPhone 4S, via PC World Australia.
Samsung's new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S III, also features a relatively large screen, though it doesn't cross the 5-inch threshold like the Galaxy Note. It sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen powered by a 1.4 gigahertz processor and one gigabyte of RAM.
The first Galaxy Note was promoted earlier this year with a Super Bowl ad that took direct aim at iPhone users. It portrayed Apple customers who were happily converting to Samsung's big-screen handset.