Galaxy Note II alleged press shot

A new image of what is allegedly Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note II has surfaced online. The shot showcases the front of the new handset, and it looks a lot like a Galaxy S III that's been stretched out. It features a physical home button that's significantly larger than that of the original Galaxy Note, in addition to a front-facing camera.

With the handset's official unveiling now just a couple of weeks away, this is certainly the right time for official press shots to be leaking. But Samsung has been cracking down on leaks like these, and the Korean company managed to keep the Galaxy S III's design a secret right up until its unveiling.

The image was sent into GSMArena, who have been unable to confirm its authenticity with their other sources. However, as they note, Samsung is expected to make the second-generation Galaxy Note look a lot like the Galaxy S III, and so even if this is a fan-made mockup, it's likely to be pretty close to the truth.

The tipster also provided some specifications for the device. They claim it will it will sport a 1280 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED display that measures 5.5 inches diagonally. A full HD display did undergo testing, according to the source, but it was found to be consuming too much battery life and had to be scrapped.

The handset will also boast a 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. It is expected to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rather than 4.1 Jelly Bean, but an update to the latest OS is expected later on — as you'd have hoped with a brand new handset.

What do you think of this alleged press shot? Do you think it's real, and if so, would you be happy with a Galaxy Note II that looked like this? I know I would.

[via GSMArena]