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Affordable Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rumoured to be in development

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Samsung is developing a lower spec, more affordable Samsung Galaxy Note 2, according to rumours.

According to Samsung rumour website SamMobile, the South Korean manufacturer is planning an entry-level phablet, which will be a variant on the current Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It's claimed that "Samsung wants everyone to try bigger screens."

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will reportedly come with a similar form factor (so expect a 5 or 5.5-inch display) but no S Pen stylus. The S Pen is far more advanced than your average stylus owing to its Wacom digitiser, which can detect differing levels of pressure on the point - and even detect the stylus's position when some way away from the screen.

The source also believes that Samsung will omit the Samsung Galaxy Note 2's Super AMOLED display, which is known to be quite a pricy component to produce.

The original Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also sported a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU accompanied by 2GB of RAM - two components that we would expect to be replaced should these rumours of a cheaper variant prove accurate.

On the camera front, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2's 8-megapixel camera has been around for some time now, so there's a chance it could remain intact for any new budget device. A 5-megapixel replacement is another possibility.

All this is speculation at the moment, but with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hitting five million sales within two months of going on sale, it makes a great deal of sense. The public clearly has a taste for the 'phablet' form factor.

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