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Samsung reveals the GALAXY Note II smartphone

by Alistair Lowe on 30 August 2012, 09:41

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS)

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Well folks, we knew it was coming and, we had a little idea of exactly what it may include, however, at its Unpacked event in Berlin yesterday, Samsung unveiled its GALAXY Note II smartphone for the first time.

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Somebody needs to say it out loud, it looks just like a big GALAXY S III. In fact, the specifications of the device are not too dissimilar either, only super-sized in almost every aspect. The Note II features the same quad-core Exynos 4 SoC, overclocked to 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, up form the worldwide standard 1GB, the same Super AMOLED HD 1,280 x 768 display, though now at 5.5in in size and a larger and, apparently faster charging, 3,100mAh battery.

What really makes the GALAXY Note II special, of course, is the S-Pen. This has been boosted from 128 to 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and now features a rubber tip for a more tactile feel; likewise, the pen has had a small makeover to enhance the comfort. Though the Note II's screen is 0.2in larger than the original Note, the device is actually thinner, albeit a little taller, though this is largely due to the move to a 16:9 display format.

See below for a full list of specs and yes, the GALAXY Note II will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with an array of S-Pen optimisations, which Samsung promises to expand-on over the coming year.

CPU Exynos 4 Quad-Core 1.6GHz (ARM Cortex-A9)
GPU ARM Mali-400MP4 (overclocked)
Display 5.5in 1,280 x 768 Super AMOLED HD
Storage 16/32/64GB internal, microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera 8-megapixel BSI + AF & LED Flash rear, 1.9-megapixel VT BSI front

A-GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0 Apt-X, USB 2.0 Host,

WiFi a/b/g/n 2.4 and 5GHz with channel bonding, WiFi Direct,

mHL and NFC

Sensors Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Companss, Proximity, Gyro and Barometer
Dimensions 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4mm
Weight 180g
Battery 3,100mAh fast-charge
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Also of interest are the device's optional enterprise features, which, beyond the usual device encryption and VPN, there's also support for CCX and VMware MVP virtualisation. Release will be sometime next month, with Samsung not committing to any exact dates. Sadly there's no flexible OLED display this time around.

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Seems a bit soon, wasn't the original launched just the start of this year? Still, amazing specs but as always it needs the software to match. Jelly bean or release please!
It will have JB on release, according to the article :)

Samsunge announced the original note at IFA last year, so this makes sense.

I look forward to the Note III next year ;)
I love my note 1. This doesn't look enough of an upgrade for me but I bet the note 3 will be if they continue down this path.
Samsung makes some pretty desirable mobile phones! If you are arty in any way, the pen has so much more control. It would be neat if you could use the phone as a window onto your desktop photoshop though! Like a mini Wacom tablet.
Oooh do want, wonder if I'll be able to squeeze out the cash for it… thinking I might replace my HTC Sensation and Archos G9 with this, best of all worlds.