It was only a matter of time. Samsung just sent out invitations to the their latest Unpacked press event, this time labeled "Episode 2." It's scheduled for 1PM EST on September 4th, just under one month from today, before the annual IFA show in Berlin. Android newshounds will recall that the original Galaxy Note got its debut at the same venue back in 2011.

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There's little doubt that new Note hardware will be the focus of this event: stylized text reading "NOTE THE DATE" is emblazoned on the invite. The Galaxy Note III is the obvious choice for a reveal, but as they say, it's not over until the fat lady sings. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is also due for a refresh, and Samsung is always ready to show off entirely new toys. Note-style functionality for Windows hardware wouldn't be out of the question, though it would be a bit out of our wheelhouse.

The competition for "phablets" is heating up. After Sammy defined the super-sized category two years ago, all kinds of competitors have arrived from LG (Optimus G Pro), Sony (Xperia Z Ultra), Asus (Fonepad), and even Samsung's cheaper offerings like the Galaxy Mega. Just yesterday an alleged HTC leak showed a 5.9-inch One Max device, probably hoping to grab a piece of the market for the Taiwanese phone maker. It will be interesting to see if the two manufacturers face off in Berlin.

Source: Samsung

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • pop

    ...waiting patiently

  • Joao

    Why care about the Note 10.1 upgrade? I was one of the first that bought the Note 10.1 and then i am still on android 4.1, it was never upgraded. Unfortunately, the devs are not supporting very well the Note because there is some stuff with exynos that is closed source, and they are unable to fix some issues on CM, so even CM is not perfect in this case...

    This is a bad strategy, we will see how this goes.

    • Ashley Waugh

      Its the note 3 that is so highly anticipated, not the 10.1

    • Wazzifer

      I hope to God it doesn't get upgraded with that ugly phone UI. It doesn't need a boost. It's fine the way it is.

  • Armus

    Everyone deserves at least 6 inches

    • MLBaylor

      Sadly, your wife isnt among them...

      • Armus

        This is true, she uses a iPhone

        • Lalit Mali


  • illninofan

    That's my birthday! :)

  • http://www.asus.co.uk/studyinstyle Adam Smith

    I really hope they ditch the plastic for this. It's got to the point where every other OEM has stepped their game up. HTC have made the gorgeous ONE, ONE mini and the leaked ONE Maxx. Sony have made a great line of hardware with Xperia Z and the Motorola have Kevlar. Samsung's glossy plastic just won't cut it.

    • shadowdude777

      If they ditch the plastic, they've lost a sale on me. Plastic is way more resilient than metal. Kevlar is nice, but I don't see a whole device being made of it. Honestly, all they need to do is get rid of the GLOSSY plastic and they'll have a gorgeous phone. Remember that the HTC One X was all plastic, and everyone loved it. So were all the Lumias. All they have to do is use matte plastic and the device will still be resilient while also being incredibly sexy.

      • fzammetti

        Or, better yet, put the backing from the first Nexus 7 on it. There's little plastic on the front of these things at it is so it hardly matters there, it's all the back, and that grippy material was heaven (I wish they had stuck with it for the v2).

        Come to think of it, probably 90% of the plastic some people complain about is in the back covers of all the Galaxy devices... how about someone just comes out with an aluminum replacement and gets rich quick?

        • shadowdude777

          There are lots of eBay sellers with aluminum covers for the S3/S4. The problem is that the aluminum interferes with NFC, and a lot of power users like NFC. But there are plenty of matte plastic and carbon fiber-ish covers on eBay that also seem to be really nice. And you're right, if they just replace the back cover, everyone will stop complaining.

          Also, as a Nexus 7 2013 owner, agreed, the 2012 model had a MUCH nicer feel to the back.

          • fzammetti

            Ah cool, I knew there were replacement covers but never really looked at the variety... but yeah, if it breaks functionality that's a no-go for at least some users.

            I have an N7 2013 too, and while the back isn't BAD, yeah, wish it was the original backing for sure.

      • http://www.asus.co.uk/studyinstyle Adam Smith

        Yeah the OneX was nice, but if it's not done right then they look like toys. And it's the fake metal of the sides too. It's just bad.

  • http://TabletAndroidBR.com/ Humberto R.

    I hope they show us at least 2 Note devices: Note 3 and second generation of Note 10.1

  • Wazzifer

    I need a 2nd Gen 10.1. Note that there's anything wrong with mine, but the poor thing deserves to be retired and sit gracefully on a little stand. It served a great job for me all year around.

  • nxym

    lets hope that it won't be a shitty event like earlier this year.

  • disqus_0DvjPGmqim

    It better be the note 3 they have to redeem themselves with the failed update of 4.2 to the note 2. I might skip the note 3 because if this. I cant see myself spending top dollar for a device then have the company neglect it for updates then come up with all kind of excuses. (Lame ones that are illogical at that). Then have the audacity to update the old ass s2 plus to 4.2. Wtf sammy. Now is the time to redeem yourself because you have a lot of pissed off note 2 users.

    • Hans Pedersen

      They've said they will skip 4.2 and go directly to 4.3 instead. Probably because the changes between 4.1.2 and 4.2.2 was a bit limited for non-Nexus devices.

  • ImSteevin

    [hype intensifies]

  • EH101

    Anything bigger than 5.5 and I'm sticking with my Note 2, it's at the absolute limit of functionality right now. The only way I can see a bigger screen being ok is if it's the same overall size as the Note 2 but with on screen buttons... And we all know that isn't going to happen!

    • Paul

      I hear the Note 3 has a 5.63" display or something, but it's not any physically bigger than the Note 2, thinner bezel's :-) Maybe they stole some room from the top and bottom bezel as well, made the button a tad smaller and brought the screen down lower. As long as the Note 3 is physically the same size, I could learn to like a 5.63" display over the 5.5" my Note 2 has. Agreed though, it's on the edge of being usable. The 6.3" mega phone's screen size is just ridiculous.

      • EH101

        The only thing that worries me is if they made the screen larger by removing top bezel only. That would make pulling the notification shade down quite the stretch as well as make the new Chrome swipe features harder.

  • http://about.me/BenRogersWPG Ben Rogers

    I've already placed myself on the (currently imaginary) waiting list for the Galaxy Note 3!! I can't wait to get one and they haven't even announced it yet! *Galaxy Note 1 owner*

  • Small Hands-Big…PHONE

    If they can fit a bigger screen into a similar sized body (not larger) to the Note 1 (my current device) then I'm all over this come upgrade time.