Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note III at IFA 2013 in September, however it looks like the Galaxy Note II still has a bit of life left. The Note II had recently been spotted in a benchmark filing. The interesting bit about that filing dealt with the processor -- which just so happened to be a Snapdragon 600.
The details of the benchmarking seemed legitimate, however with filings such as that you can never be fully certain. And well, when dealing with a handset that is soon expected to be replaced, there is a fairly obvious reason to wonder. That being said, it looks like this was a case where worry was not needed. Samsung has officially unveiled a Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy Note II.
This handset has arrived as the GT-N7108D, though this is one that will likely not see a release outside of China. For now, Samsung has only announced it for China and it is expected to be available exclusively with China Mobile. Basically, this model was released with the Snapdragon 600 processor so it would support the TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA, TDD-LTE, and FDD-LTE-enabled network of China Mobile.
Aside from a switch in processor the remaining specs have stayed the same. That is to say the handset still has a 5.5-inch 720p display and 2GB of RAM. There is also 16GB of internal storage, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 3100 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
While this is a decent step for the Galaxy Note II, there really shouldn't be any reason for those outside of China to hope for a similar handset. After all, that Note III is expected in September and assuming the rumors hold true -- it should be arriving with a Snapdragon 800 processor.