) is expected to announce the next version of the iPhone in early
September, but not before Samsung unveils its next major
smartphone. According to
The Wall Street Journal
, Samsung has sent out invitations to an event that will take place
on August 29 in Berlin, Germany.
The invitation did not specify which device would be shown, but
a Samsung spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that it would
unveil the next version of the Galaxy Note.
Designed to be a hybrid that combines the best of smartphones
and tablets, the Galaxy Note features a 5.3-inch screen that dwarfs
the size of most other smartphones.
The device was initially believed to be a niche product that
would satisfy a very specific market. In March, Samsung announced
that the company had shipped
five million Galaxy Notes
in just five months. While that pales in comparison to the
millions of iPhones
that are sold every quarter, Samsung's success is not to be
ignored. The Galaxy Note is just one of many smartphones that
Samsung produces. Collectively, the company
sells more smartphones than Apple
Details regarding the Galaxy Note II are scarce. However, rumors
suggest that it will feature a larger screen (5.5 inches) and a
faster processor among other notable enhancements.
Apple is expected to increase the size of its next smartphone as
well. While the company has yet to release any specifics about the
device, the iPhone 5 is rumored to be
10 percent thinner
than the iPhone 4S and contain a four-inch Retina Display as well
as a quad-core processor.
In November, Apple is also expected to release another version
of the iPad. This one will not be a direct sequel to the current
tablet, however. Instead, Apple is a seven-inch device to compete
against the Kindle Fire from Amazon (NASDAQ: ) and the Nexus 7 from
Google (NASDAQ: ), as well as Microsoft's (NASDAQ: ) first tablet,
Apple may also face competition from Dell (NASDAQ: ) and
Hewlett-Packard (NASDAQ: ), both of which are expected to release
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