The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has officially been unveiled at the Berlin Unpacked Event. The newest phablet from Samsung sure brings a lot of great features to the table, but let’s start by taking a look at the hardware and features this thing packs:
- 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD1280 x 720 display
- Size: 80 x 151.1 x 9.4mm thin
- Weight: 180 grams
- 16/32/64GB on-board memory
- microSDHC support of up to 64GB of additional storage
- 2-megapixel front cam
- 8-megapixel rear cam
- HSPA+ support
- 4G LTE connectivity (in selected markets)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Wi-Fi Direct
- USB 2.0 support
- A-GPS and Glonass support
- 3,100mAh removable battery
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
- Redesigned S Pen with better grip and rubber tip.
The Galaxy Note 2 rocks some pretty good specs as you can see. The S-Pen has really uped its game this time around, offering S-Pen related tricks that allow things like hoovering over icons in order to to take a peak at email lists and other contents. Worried about leaving your stylus behind? If you try to leave without it, the Note 2 will quickly warn you that they are about to leave the Stylus behind.
The Galaxy Note 2 seems to be a worth successor to the popular Note, that’s for sure. So when is it coming? For now all we know is that it is destined to arrive sometime in October for the European, Asian and Middle Eastern market.
For the North American market though? It’s coming sometime 2012, or so we are hearing, but that’s all we know for sure. Pricing has also yet to be revealed, but considering the OG Note premiered at a $300 price point with two year contract, the Note 2 might take a similar approach.
What do you think of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2?
Be Creative, Be Expressive with the GALAXY Note II
The most powerful smartphone sparks everyone’s creative inspirations
BERLIN, Germany—29 August 2012— At the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event held today at IFA, in Berlin, Samsung introduced the GALAXY Note II, a whole new level of innovation for the GALAXY Note category. The new Samsung GALAXY Note II enables unique experiences in personalized and expressive content creation, making it the ultimate smartphone for on-the-go creativity.
“Last year at IFA, we launched the GALAXY Note, which opened a new category of smart mobile devices. This year, again at IFA, I am proud to announce the GALAXY Note II, which will encourage users to ‘unleash their inner creativity.’ With a perfect viewing experience and unique and differentiated features, users can discover information and capture their ideas faster, express thoughts freely and manage tasks more efficiently. For anyone who wants to be creative, expressive and unique, the Samsung GALAXY Note II will be the ideal device, allowing users to live a life extraordinary,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
Since the first introduction of the GALAXY Note category, Samsung has continued to enhance and expand the GALAXY Note product experiences. In May 2012, Samsung introduced ‘Premium Suite,’ a software upgrade which provided enhanced user experiences. With the Ice Cream Sandwich OS upgrade, Samsung offered innovative new features such as Shape Match and Formula Match, providing a new way for organizing and expressing ideas in their personal and professional life. Also in August, Samsung expanded the category further with the GALAXY Note 10.1, which has a 10.1-inch large screen, a Multiscreen feature for the ultimate multitasking, and enhanced features for users’ productivity, creativity and learning abilities. With further enhancements, Samsung GALAXY Note II will help users unleash their inner creativity by letting them discover information faster, capture ideas, and express them in a more organized and efficient manner.
Perfect viewing experience
The GALAXY Note II features a 5.5” (140.9mm) HD Super AMOLED screen, providing breathtaking visuals and crystal clear detail. Its 16:9 screen ratio ensures an immersive and enriched cinema-like video viewing experience, perfect for watching HD videos on-the-go. Its larger screen allows users to see content clearly and vividly, with much enhanced readability. In addition to the stunning content consumption experiences on a larger screen, users will also be able to accomplish more tasks efficiently and create content freely on-the-go, as the GALAXY Note II comes with a thinner and portable body.
Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature enables users to quickly search and see more information in one view without screen transitions.
Thanks to the breadth of the GALAXY Note II’s amazing viewing experience, a feature called Popup Note extends the concept of Popup Play, which lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen. For example, when a user pulls out the S Pen during a phone call, the S Note application automatically pops up on the screen, allowing users to jot down a quick note.
In addition, the device’s new gesture pad feature, called Quick Command, lets users quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call, or search a location as they draw pre-registered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark to allow for quick and easy access.
Furthermore, users will be able to share their experiences with others quickly and easily using Screen Recorder. It allows users to record a whole sequence of actions taken on their screen — a demonstration of how to use an application, for example — and then share it with friends for comment, or just for fun.
Amazing expression tools – Advanced S Pen & S Note
The new S Pen is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Therefore, it provides a more precise, comfortable, and natural writing and drawing experience.
The S Pen’s advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly, and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. By simply pressing the dedicated S Pen button, the S Pen magically recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content on the screen. The Easy Clip feature allows users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content through coloring, shading, or their own personal handwriting. It is quick and easy.
Another amazing expression feature called Idea Visualizer allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords on the S Note. It provides illustration images that match the handwritten keywords. It’s a fancy illustration match function that will allow users to express, organize and visualize ideas in a more innovative and creative way. Users can even customize and add in their own illustrations library.
Powering content creation, sharing and multitasking capabilities, the GALAXY Note II comes with the latest hardware technologies. A mighty 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus or 4G LTE connectivity delivers easy multitasking, lightning-fast screen transitions, powerful browser performance, and minimal app load time. The GALAXY Note II is powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. This brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search, to the GALAXY Note II. The memory options are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB with an expandable micro SD memory slot. Thanks to a 3,100mAh battery, users can enjoy multimedia content, always be productive on the go, and capture ideas whenever, wherever without suffering from power limitation.
The GALAXY Note II comes with an 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera has great features like Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on the GALAXY S III earlier in the year. In addition to that, the GALAXY Note II features a unique camera function called Best Faces. Best Faces allows users to choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos. Users can also personalize photos by leaving handwritten notes on the backside of a photo using the S Pen. Handwritten Photo Notes can be shared with others in jpg format.
Available in Marble White or Titanium Gray color options, the Samsung GALAXY Note II is set to launch in October starting in major European, Asian, and Middle East markets.
The Samsung GALAXY Note II will be on display at the Samsung booth # 20 at IFA 2012 from Aug 31 through Sep 5. For more information on GALAXY Note II, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.
Samsung GALAXY Note II Product Specifications
3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps (HDSPA 42Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
1.6 GHz quad-core processor
5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSISub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSIBest Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8,Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebMFull HD(1080p) Playback & Recording
Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV,AC-3, FlacMusic Player with SoundAlive3.5mm Ear Jack
S Pen Optimized Features
S Pen Experience- S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration- S Pen Keeper- Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist Air View Popup Note, Popup Play Shape Match, Formula Match, Idea Visualizer
Samsung AllShare Play & ControlSamsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & ExtensionSamsung AllShare Framework S Beam
Content Features & Services
Samsung Apps Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel Samsung Hub- Game Hub- Learning Hub* / Music Hub* / Video Hub* / Media Hub*(US only) Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service Samsung S Suggest Smart Stay, Direct Call, Screen Recorder, Quick Glance Page Buddy/ Tag Buddy/ Word Buddy Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads
On Device Encryption (H/W)Microsoft Exchange ActiveSyncVPN(F5, Cisco, Juniper)MDM(Sybase Afaria, MobileIron, SOTI, Good)CCX
Bluetooth®v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LEUSB 2.0 HostWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40Wi-Fi DirectmHL
Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)microSD (up to 64GB)
80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g
Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh
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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.