It’s fair to say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one of the best Android smartphone / tablets on the market right now, if not the best. Samsung seems to have really won over fans with their larger smartphone products, and it’s no surprise to see plenty of other manufacturers who want a piece of the pie as well.
The Galaxy Note 2 is now available to buy in numerous countries, with Samsung now having some breathing space as they look to prepare Android 4.2 for an official software update during Q1 of 2013 – as rumors claim anyway.
CES 2013 is bound to bring a whole plethora of Note 2 rivals and two new contenders that you may not have heard about, could actually give Samsung a run for their money. It’s been well documented that Verizon customers are not happy over the lack of communication regarding an official Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update.
While Big Red hasn’t hinted of any imminent release, they may be getting sidetracked with the upcoming and next Droid smartphone, which is due to be unveiled on November 13. It is going to be called the Droid DNA and at a rumored 5-inches, HTC definitely sees potential to eat away at the Note 2 market space.
The Droid DNA is being rumored to a point where it is semi-official already and considering the frustrations with Samsung over software update delays, consumers may want to give HTC an opportunity to strut their stuff, with the DNA looking like a really capable device – see here for more specification details.
A new Droid handset is going to be an interesting situation for Verizon customers, especially for current Galaxy S3 owners if the Droid DNA ships with Jelly Bean out of the box, which it surely will.
Meanwhile, another Galaxy Note 2 rival has emerged, a surprise package from none other than Sony, who will seemingly confirm the existence of their 5-inch Sony Yuga, which also touts a 1080p display like the Droid DNA. It is looking like the next lineup in the Xperia range and with Jelly Bean and a potential 12MP camera on board, it really could emerge as a great alternative to the Note 2.
[Sony's answer to the Note 2?]
Then again, consumers may not be willing to jump aboard the Xperia bandwagon, again possibly due to future software update concerns. Sony still has a loyal fan base though and if you have owned Xperia devices in the past with no problems, you’ll want to read over this German report, which contains the first images of the alleged Yuga in action.
It’s no surprise to see so many Note 2 rivals emerging, but do you think the Note 2 will still overpower them with ease, thanks to growing popularity and Samsung’s strengths as a global brand? CES 2013 is going to be very interesting indeed next year and time will tell whether Samsung has built the Note 2 in a way where it can still fend off all challenges before any talk of a future Galaxy Note 3 device appears.