Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 (invite graphics)

In spite of naysayers, Samsung’s stylus-based Galaxy Note phablet series has definitely carved a market for itself. Introduced in October 2011, the original 5.3-inch Note went on to ship a surprising ten million units by mid-August 2012, making a believable case for pen-based mobile devices sized between jumbo-smartphones and tweener tablets.

During last year’s IFA, the Galaxy maker held the Unpacked event to introduce the Note successor, called the Note II. But that was last year and this year another Note upgrade is needed so the South Korean conglomerate has just sent out invites to an event unimaginatively called Unpacked 2013 Episode 2, with the Note III likely the star of the show…

The event is due on September 4 (the first Wednesday in September) at 7pm local time (1pm ET, 10am Pacific) in Berlin, Germany.

Samsung will be providing a live stream of the press conference in New York’s Time Square. The company has also promised a YouTube livestream feed for those that can’t make it to Berlin to follow along.

If the ‘Note the Date’ tagline and invitation graphics are an indication, it’s all but certain that the announcement will focus on the next Note phablet. The current-generation Note II features a 5.55-inch 720p resolution screen and a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. At the very least, the Note III should improve upon its predecessor by providing a newer Samsung chip and a 1080p display upgrade.

The Note does not directly compete with Apple’s iOS devices because Apple doesn’t believe the stylus is the way to go. “If you see a stylus, they blew it,” Steve Jobs quipped during the January 2007 iPhone introduction.

steve jobs who wants a stylus

However, the success of Samsung’s Note series – though not (yet) stealing sales from Apple – proves there is a market for phablets and pen-based mobile computing.

We know from patent filings Apple is researching so-called active stylus for iOS devices, but that’s never a guarantee we’ll ever see a stylus-based gadget from Apple.

If anything, a rumored 13-inch iPad could benefit from providing an optional pen-based input method for specialized apps like design, CAD and so forth.

Invite graphics via 9to5Google.

  • Kurt

    YES!!!!!!!!!!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I guess you really like crappy staged musicals?

      • Kurt

        Why are you trolling? That will be my phone next month

    • Taf Khan

      I know your into the note n all that but what exactly are you expecting in terms of advancements.

      I agree that a better betray life is always a good thing.

      Is a faster CPU going to make a difference when the last one hasn’t really be used to its full potential.

      How much better is additional ram gonna make to everyday usage, is it gonna be noticeable.

  • Kenny Woodard

    I hope all of the rumors have been right. This phone should be a beast.

    3gb Ram
    S-Pen
    1080p 5.7″ screen
    Android 4.3 ( maybe )
    ~3,700mAh battery
    SD card support like always
    Air gestures ( probably, but I couldn’t care less haha )

    Not an iPhone killer because it is for a different market of people, but this phone will definitely be the phone that defines Android.

    • Rowan09

      Why would this be the Android phone to beat? How much better was the Note 2 from the S3? I don’t think the Note 3 will be anything more than a bigger S4 with a stylus. I heard the screen was suppose to be a 6.3″ screen before but only time will tell.

      • Kenny Woodard

        More Ram? 3GB
        Snapdragon 800?

      • Rowan09

        They have the Exynos Octa in the S4 international version and 3 GB of ram for what purpose, just to say I have more ram?

      • Kurt

        6.3 was the mega. Note 3 will be 5.7″ in the same size phone

  • RarestName

    Finally! I hope that will be easier to hold than the first generation one.

  • Jacob Galea

    I pray to God it is not like the last samsung event… They was terrible!

  • Joseph

    Christian. Keep your damned bias out of the article. I want to know the news, not feel like I’m being flamed because I use both iOS and Android.

    WWDC sounds just as unimaginative as Samsung’s event name. Worldwide Developer Conference. What’s so special about that name?

    • Kurt

      +1

  • Drock81

    Goodbye iPhone n hello Note III.

    • Gorgonphone

      note 4 is coming next week you better wait ..oolool

      • Martin

        hahaha or note 3 mini/note 3 mega/note 3 sport/note 3 wtfanotherone

    • Kurt

      Same here. I’m switching. Plus my wife is. Two iPhones about to go on sale or be smashed.

  • Matthew Cooper

    Keep the screen the same size and make the bezel thinner. Higher resolution and more spen features. Android 4.3 and more RAM. If that happened id be very happy

    • Gorgonphone

      burn it..

    • Kurt

      It will be the same size phone with a larger screen being 5.7″ instead of the 5.5″. And at 1080p! IR blaster, thermometer, plus here our notes get DMB to watch live tv/radio with an antennae. Plus we get a second battery and an external battery charger free. Very cool.

      • Matthew Cooper

        Thats awesome. Especially the extra battery and external charger. I bought one on eBay for my Note 2. Although the battery life is awesome it never hurts to pack an extra battery just in case. I can deal with the phone being the same size with a bigger screen as well.

      • Kurt

        How happy are you with your note 2. Vast majority of owners seem to have a real love for it.

      • Matthew Cooper

        I love it. I bought it in December. At first the screen is overwhelmingbut u fall in love with the all the viewing space. I upgraded to the Galaxy S4 a month ago and immediately took it back cause I loved my Note 2 better. I dont know why Apple doesnt make a phablet already. They have a habit of not trying something they didnt think of first.

      • Kurt

        I think next year we will say an apple phablet. Hopefully their phablet won’t be 4.5″ they love small size screens. Larger than five inches apple. I’m excited about using the IR blaster with their awesome tv app. Click on a show you like it changes the channel to the station it’s playing on. Very cool. Though I prefer Netflix, YouTube to regular tv I’m still looking forward to it. Nice to hear you prefer the note 2 to the s4. Quite a bit of people felt it was a downgrade when they moved to the S4 from the Note 2.

  • totempole90

    I hope they do away with the “musical” keynote this time as the first one was really painful to watch.

  • Gorgonphone

    omg more android BS back to back to back… lol note 4 coming next week..lol

    • Kurt

      Now I’m starting to see why your last name of Joe Josen was banned

      • Gorgonphone

        Yeah funny how that works a conpany makes more and more bs that is not beeded and floods the market with crap and i get banned lol we needd to ban samsung and ban android until they stop sucking

      • Kurt

        One thing that sucks about android is the way to delete apps. Why do you have to to the settings or play store to delete apps? Why not like other OSes where you just click and delete the icon/tile

      • Matthew Cooper

        Oh yeah thats something u have to get use to. My biggest gripe was the black contrast in Android. I missed Apples white and clean look. Seems like alot of things in Android have a black background.

      • Kurt

        The new tablets from Samsung have white menus and toggles. I’m really hoping the note 3 will too. Black is better at night time on your eyes but white looks better so I prefer the white clean look too. Sept 4th can’t come soon enough

      • Gorgonphone

        All os uis need to come with a day and night varient the gradiauly changes according to ambient light that would be incredible but no one wants to design something that cool yet

      • Kurt

        Yes! I’ve thought about that so many times.

      • Gorgonphone

        Would be revolutionary if done right

      • Gorgonphone

        I hate the od neon ish glow that the android UI tends to have its just and od design that silly ive wants to emulate in ios7 … And 99% of android devices just feel cheeply built

      • Gorgonphone

        I used android one time and since then every android i test in stores has the same crappy feel just with more and more gimicky features … Its really sad actually

  • Yunsar

    I don’t samsung keynotes that much, they are too short and not very interesting. Apple announces many products in just one keynote and they keep it fun and tell jokes

    • Kurt

      Jokes? Must have missed those apple keynotes. Smh

      • Matthew Cooper

        Apples devices are the jokes that they tell at the keynotes

      • Gorgonphone

        Lol too bad samsuung and android suck though so aple still rules