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Toss Up Between Galaxy S3 & Note 2 (Don’t Forget JellyBean)

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There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the smartphone of the moment. It has lived up to its huge expectations just weeks after release, and if you’re not convinced about it yet, then have a think about the company’s other long rumored big new release – the Galaxy Note 2. We’re about to have a look at the what we know about the Samsung Galaxy S3, what we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, , as well as Android 4.1 JellyBean, which may be a telling factor.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Note 2 rumors

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is finally in the US, several weeks after its release in the UK and Europe, although there have been delays and stock shortages. This quad-core (dual-core in the US) Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) phone has already sold hugely well, but is there a rival? In this rundown of the two phones, you have to remember that the specs of the Note 2 haven’t been confirmed yet, and the info we have here is gleaned from leaks. However, it is on the way, and may be an alternative to GS3 for many Android fans.

The first Note smartphone was also a huge success, although some thought its display was too big. Any Note successor is also likely to do well, and the first rumors of this phone suggested an October release date. Last week, though, there were whispers of a September launch, to get the Note 2 on the shelves before the iPhone 5.

September will soon be here, and anyone after a bigger display than the Samsung Galaxy S3 might want to look at the Note 2. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has an Exynos quad-core CPU (dual-core Snapdragon S4 in the US) and 4G LTE connectivity (except for T-Mobile US). The Samsung Galaxy S3 also has a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED screen with a 1280×720 resolution. It also comes in 16GB or 32GB versions that are expandable to 64GB with a MicroSD card. It has 1GB of RAM (2GB in the US) and an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video capture. There’s a 1.9MP front-facing camera, and it runs Android 4.0 ICS overlaid with Samsung’s own TouchWiz.

There’s not much info on the Note 2, but it’s almost certain that it’ll have a 5.5” Super AMOLED display that’s bigger than its predecessor and bigger than the S3 screen. The same sources that “confirmed” the screen size also said that the overall width of the phone would be smaller and that the Note 2’s design follows that of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Other specs rumors are conflicted. There’s been talk of a quad-core processor and a 12MP rear camera for the Note 2, but then there was talk about an ARM-15 dual-core CPU, and 8MP rear camera and 2GB of RAM. And what about JellyBean? At Google’s I/O, the next 4.1 update was revealed, and its set to be released in mid-July. The first new device coming with JellyBean is the Google Nexus 7 tablet and over-the-air software updates will hit the Nexus, the Motorola Xoom and the Nexus S devices this month. If JB is coming in mid-July and the Note 2 is out in September, chances are that it’ll run on it.
JellyBean came out in style and has been well-received. There’s also a lot of new features and improvements with it, like Project Butter, Google Now, enhancements to Voice Search, resizable widgets and expanded Notifications. There are also more tweaks that people will be keen to try out. It doesn’t seem likely that Samsung would send the Note 2 out with an older OS, as being one of the new devices on JB would be a big selling point. So, if you don’t want to plump for a Samsung Galaxy S3 just yet because you want JB or a bigger display, it may be worth holding out to see if the Note 2 can deliver on this front.

JellyBean will almost certainly come to the S3, but Android updates are notoriously slow. Only 7% of Android devices have had the last Android OS, 4.0 ICS, and so it could be a while before JB gets to the GS3 (appears set for Q4 2012). We have to remind you that the Note 2’s details aren’t confirmed yet, so it’s not certain it’ll have JB, but it probably will do. Another unanswered question is what carriers the Note 2 will be on.

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