Samsung Galaxy Note 2 price cut sparks Galaxy Note 3 launch speculation
Substantial Galaxy Note 2 price-drops hint that Samsung is preparing a new Note device to launch soon
Several US retailers have now slashed their prices on Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note 2, prompting a wave of speculation from analysts about the imminent arrival of a successor.
Amazon is now selling the Note 2 for $189, or around £120, less than half price. Major US network Verizon has also made a big reduction in its upfront charges on Note 2 tariff deals.
The rumoured Galaxy Note 3 successor model is an obvious jumping off point and it’ll allegedly sport a larger 6.3-inch display to distance it from the supposed 5-inch Galaxy S4 flagship due sometime this year.
Other rumoured devices which might be prompting such price drops include a larger Galaxy Note 10.1 successor, which may feature a 300ppi Super PLS display from the Nexus 10, and the much-rumoured Galaxy Note 8.0, expected to arrive at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.
Indeed it’s quite possible that any or all of these rumoured Galaxy Note devices could be making an appearance.
The Galaxy Note 3 is rumoured to run the same eight-core Exynos 5 Octa (Cortex-A15/Cortex-A7 double quad-core) chip as expected for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
It would be unprecedented though not entirely surprising for Samsung to launch an all out Galaxy Note assault on Mobile World Congress with the Galaxy Note 3 ‘phablet’ and both Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Note 2 10.1 tablets launching all at the same time.
Samsung is also believed to be bringing a selection of budget Galaxy smartphones to Mobile World Congress and a possible reboot of its Galaxy Tab line-up with both Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch models leaked and rumoured.