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Samsung unveils the impressive Galaxy Note II

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Aug 2012 19:26 User comments (12)

Samsung unveils the impressive Galaxy Note II As expected, Samsung has shown off the impressive Galaxy Note II today, with specs that should make even the pickiest consumers happy.
The new device runs on Android 4.1, has a 5.5-inch screen, a new 16:9 aspect ratio meaning 1280x720 resolution.

Additionally, despite having a larger screen, the Note II is actually thinner than its predecessor, at 9.4mm. The new S Pen is longer, and also thicker than last year's, but with a more ergonomic grip.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor and 2GB RAM. The device has an 8MP LED rear camera and a 1.9MP front-side camera, a microSD slot, MHL, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Glonass, Wi-Fi Direct, 21 Mbps HSPA+ or 4G LTE support.

The real kicker is a massive 3100 mAh battery.

On the software side, the S Pen brings a new feature called Air View, which lets you see previews of emails, galleries, and videos when you hover the S Pen over them. If you pull out the Pen during a phone call, the S Note app will automatically open, allowing you to take notes if need be. Outlining, cropping and simple tasks like copy/paste are now easier, as well.

Screen Recorder will let you record full sequences of actions, not just a single screenshot. Idea Visualizer is another cool feature, automatically drawing images of the words you write in the phone.

The phone launches globally in October (price unknown) and then "later in 2012" for the U.S.

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12 user comments

129.8.2012 20:32

If Apple somehow blocks this I might kill someone.

229.8.2012 21:58

Originally posted by KillerBug:
If Apple somehow blocks this I might kill someone.
Does it have rounded corners?

329.8.2012 23:11

Read on a couple of news site (google results) that its approx $800US starting point.

Speculative maybe... But prolly not off the mark.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Aug 2012 @ 23:13

430.8.2012 2:15

if sprint doesn't pull this in they are fuqin stupid.

530.8.2012 3:56

very nice , i want one

630.8.2012 6:45

It looks like the galaxy s 3, but bigger, from the demos etc i have seen it looks good

730.8.2012 8:09

Hopefully AT&T isn't the only carrier that gets it this time.

830.8.2012 12:23

Nice phone with rounded corners. Now if we can keep Apple & their crazed band of legal trolls from trolling up our Hershey highways in their yogurt truck of doom, maybe we'll all get a crack at one here in October.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Aug 2012 @ 12:59

930.8.2012 12:50

Better specs than the newly released Galaxy Note 10.1, how insulting! You would think tablets would have double the specs of phones given the need not to miniaturize! I am not buying another tablet until it is at least 2.0 ghz quad core, 2gb ram and 64gb of storage for no more than 550.00. This phone will be cool, but not for me.

1031.8.2012 11:00

the only thing about this phone that is making me worried is whether i may look like a madman when i hold it close to my ear. also, holding issue.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 Aug 2012 @ 11:03

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111.9.2012 23:06


124.9.2012 20:07

So why doesn't my GS3 have quad core? I could of swore Samsung said something about the quad core chip not being compatible with LTE (which T-Mobile doesn't even have and when they get it it won't support the LTE network in the GS3.)

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