The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was unveiled on August 29th, 2012 at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with an expected release date of October 2012, and is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Nobody expected the stylus to make such a comeback, but with impressive Samsung Galaxy Note sales and the introduction of the bigger Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the Korean manufacturer has now officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at its Unpacked event at IFA 2012.
The Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED screen with 1280×720 resolution, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2 GB RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and 1.9 MP front camera, and a 3100 mAh battery. The phone will be slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9.4 mm, albeit also being slightly heavier by 2 grams. Depending on the specific model, the phone will feature HSPA+ 21 Mbps along with 4G LTE.
Build and design
Looking like a super-sized ‘phablet’ version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, design elements are clearly inspired by the flagship smartphone which is a drastic change in from the original but could similarly prove a popular move. Thinner than the original (9.65mm) and marginally heavier at 180g, the main talking point is of course the bigger screen which we will move onto next….
The new screen will be moving up from the 5.3-inch display up to a 5.5-inch 1280×720 HD AMOLED touchscreen, a 16:9 screen ratio also means the latest Note 2 is more movie-friendly. Some user could appreciate it.
The phone’s S-pen has an improved ergonomic design compared to the original Galaxy Note. A feature known as Air View will allow users to use the S-Pen to preview content by hovering over it, and another called Quick Command which reveals a list of commands at the swipe of the S-Pen.
This is of course what makes the phablet so special and now the S Pen currently available for the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be bundled for the 5.5-inch device. That means a better grip, a rubber tip for greater friction on the screen and increased pressure sensitivity for greater accuracy.
On the snapping front, an 8-Megapixel camera with Auto Focus and LED flash is on board once again while the the front-facing camera has dropped from a 2.0 to a 1.9-megapixel sensor. You can shoot in 1080p full HD video and can access modes previously only available on the Samsung Galaxy S3 including the likes of Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo.
Ramping up the power under the hood from a 1.4GHz dualcore chipset to a meatier quadcore processor, there’s also a 2GB of RAM to ensure it’s not sluggish performer when using new multitasking features like PopUp Web and PopUp Note and watching videos while browsing the web on the screen at the same time.
With the original Samsung Galaxy Note promising around 13 hours of battery life over 3G via a 2,500 maH battery, Samsung has packed the Galaxy Note 2 a larger 3,100 maH battery life which should help to burden the extra multitasking capabilities now on board. We can expect longer hours of battery life.
Connectivity and storage
Like the Galaxy Note, the sequel will support Bluetooth 4.0 , USB and Wi-Fi and MHL smartphone to TV. In terms of storage capacity, there will be 16,32 and 64GB versions with MicroSD card support which is expandable up to 64GB
Price and release date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be available to buy in October 2012 and will be available in either Marble white or Titan grey. There’s no news on pricing yet.
What upgrades would you like to see in the Galaxy Note 2? If you are a Galaxy Note owner, would these upgrades be enough to convince you to spend the money for a new device?