New Galaxy Note phone to debut this month

Posted by Mark Raby

Samsung is set to launch a successor to its intriguing large-screen Galaxy Note phone.

"We plan to unveil the next Galaxy Note at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29," a company spokesperson was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Whether or not you think it's cool, one thing that Samsung's Galaxy Note phone has sparked is that "how big is too big" discussion when it comes to smartphones.

The original Galaxy Note has a whopping 5.3-inch display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 16 GB of built-in memory, and a 1280x800 resolution.

In other words, its specs are on par with some of the entry-level tablets on the market. When it comes to display sizes, smartphones generally measure in at 4 to 4.5 inches, while tablets start at around 7 inches.

So the Galaxy Note falls in between the two categories but definitely still sides more with the phone group. Nevertheless, it is a highly interesting phone. The device packs a large 2500 mAh battery which should provide a sturdy battery life to power that bigger-than-usual display.

The new iPhone has been rumored to have a notably larger display than the iPhone 4S, and this August 29 announcement would be just a couple weeks before many believe the iPhone 5 will be unveiled.

And we all know that Samsung would like nothing more than to steal some of Apple's thunder. The two have been in a mobile death match for years now.