Samsung to launch new Galaxy Note smartphone on August 29th

It's official. Samsung has confirmed it will launch the new version of its Galaxy Note smartphone on August 29th at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event in Berlin.

That's a couple of weeks before the anticipated launch of the new iPhone 5 from Apple, which is widely tipped to launch on September 21st with either a 4in or 5in screen, if the rumours are to be believed.

The Samsung event will take place just before the opening of the IFA European consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin.

Media outlets in South Korea are reporting that the new Galaxy Note could have an unbreakable, 5.5in display (slightly larger than the current one), plus a faster processor and better camera.

Samsung and Apple are battling it out in the smartphone and tablet market, and have recently been suing and counter-suing each other over various alleged patent infringements.

Samsung is estimated to have increased smartphone shipments to 50.5 million in the April to June quarter of 2012, nearly double the 26 million iPhones sold.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.