Samsung's IFA press event set for 10 a.m. PT today (live blog)

Join CNET as we cover Samsung's Unpacked event from the IFA electronics show in Berlin, where the company is widely expected to launch the successor to the Galaxy Note phone/tablet.

Editor's note: This live blog has concluded, but here are some stories on what was announced: Samsung unveils ATIV S, world's first Windows Phone 8 device ; First impressions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2; Samsung bets on Android-powered, networked camera ; Samsung adds a Windows RT tablet, the ATIV Tab . You can also replay the live blog by clicking the link below.

Samsung should pull the Galaxy Note 2 out of its magic box. Samsung

Tune in to CNET's live blog of Samsung Unpacked starting at 10 a.m. PT.

On Wednesday at the IFA conference in Berlin, eyes turn toward Samsung as it unveils new devices on one of its favorite world stages. CNET, of course, will be on-hand in Berlin and here in the U.S. (via livestream) to bring you the blow-by-blow and smart analysis as the event unfolds.

Samsung is roundly expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 , the successor to the original Galaxy Note device it controversially unwrapped last year at the same event.

With its large 5.3-inch screen and flimsy retro stylus, the Galaxy Note "phablet" (part phone, part tablet) was never a guaranteed hit.

The screen would always be too large for some; but for others, the mega real estate was just the ticket to circumvent the need to ever buy a tablet as a second device. Samsung hit the streets on a massive consumer campaign and was rewarded with over 7 million worldwide sales.

What better way to celebrate the global success of a breakout product than by making the sequel bigger, and almost certainly better ?

Rumors point to an even larger, 5.5-inch, HD Super AMOLED screen (1,280x720-pixel resolution,) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. It should come in 16GB or 32GB storage capacities.

I'd also expect to see new tricks transfer over from Samsung's 10.1-inch Galaxy Note tablet , including the flatter, sturdier, and more comfortable S Pen stylus; compatible apps like Adobe Photoshop Touch; and side-by-side multitasking capabilities for select apps, like the S Note notepad and the browser.

See you then!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 could take a cue or two from the recently-released Note 10.1 tablet. Josh Miller/CNET
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Samsung Galaxy Note - carbon blue (AT&T)

The Bottom Line: With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens XL will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will just simply be too big. / Read full review

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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