Galaxy Note II: last minute round-up
So how about we do a quick round-up here, reminding ourselves of exactly what the Galaxy Note II is expected to be! What you can read below is an updated and improved version of our Note II specs preview that we did earlier. Of course, some things have changed since then, so there's a pretty good reason to go through it even if you've already read it.
No much is known about how the Galaxy Note II is going to look, although we guess it's relatively safe to assume that it'll be somewhat similar to its predecessor. Still, we've heard that it may come in a slightly narrower, thinner, and taller body, compared to the original Note, which wasn't impossible to hold with one hand, but didn't provide the most comfortable experience possible either. Still, some seem to believe that Samsung might take a slightly different approach with the Note II, taking cues from the current flagship - the Galaxy S III (probably not such a good idea). Whatever it ends up looking like, we can be completely sure that there will be an improved stylus for hand-written note-taking.
Most unofficial sources that have revealed info about the display of the Samsung Galaxy Note II agree that the device will come with a 5.5” panel.
Although there were some quite optimistic rumors going that the new Note will come with a spectacularly high resolution of 1050x1680 pixels, we don't think this will happen. It sounds as a bit of an overkill, and... well, even Samsung's tablets don't have such a high resolution.
The resolution of the Note II will most probably be the same as on the original one - 800x1280 pixels. In addition, though, it's rumored that Samsung will use a Super AMOLED HD Plus display, which would mean that the screen will have a standard RGB matrix, instead of PenTile, which in turn means better image quality compared to the original Note.
Flexible screen? Nope, not yet.
Processor and Memory
It's almost certain that the chipset of the Note will not be anything unseen. We believe that the gigantic smartphone will sport a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, the same that's found on the Galaxy S III. Of course, this isn't a bad thing, as this CPU is still among the best out there and will remain relevant for quite some time.
On the GPU side of things, the Exynos 4412 will sport the Mali-400, which has already proved its prowess in the Galaxy S III.
The RAM memory on the Galaxy Note II will probably be 2 GB, as it seems this is being established as the new standard in terms of RAM on a smartphone.
We're willing to believe that the sensor of the Note II will be an 8-megapixel one. That said, Samsung might as well surprise us with something more 12MP-like, but the chances aren't too big.
Actually, we won't be surprised at all if the camera is exactly the same as the one of the Galaxy S III, which in turn is almost identical to the one of the Galaxy S II. While this isn't such a bad thing, we think it's finally time to see some improvement in the camera field that would further close the gap with point-and-shoot (contrary to what some may believe, cell phones are still lacking compared to the trusty dedicated cameras). Anyways, we can be pretty sure that the Note II will take great photos, for a phone.
Of course, the handset will also have a front-facing camera for video chats and noisy self-portraits, but we haven't heard of any specifics, though anything around the 2-megapixel mark should be a pretty close guess.
Although there has been more than enough time between the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Note II, we somehow can't get this thought out of our heads that the Note II will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That wouldn't be such a catastrophe, of course, since ICS is still a wonderful OS, but that Jelly Bean update better arrive quickly.
But let's not underestimate Samsung that much. Here's to hoping that the manufacturer is to surprise us with a Jelly Bean handset from the get go! Whatever the OS version is, though, we can be sure that there will be TouchWiz UI on top, and a very Nature-inspired one at that. The latest version of the TouchWiz interface was a very important update to Samsung's custom software experience, which added some visual goodness, improved the smooth performance even further and introduced some cool features.
After its announcement on August 29, the Note II is expected to go on sale sometime in October, which isn't an outstanding achievement by Samsung, but the delay between announcement and launch is still tolerable.
Stay tuned for our August 29 coverage, when we'll tell you all there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note II! While you're waiting, though, why don't you take a look at the Galaxy Note II mock-ups that leaked during the last couple of months. Which one do you think will turn out to be the closest to the real thing?
Samsung Galaxy Note II: Mock-up time!
1. Galaxy Note II mock-up #1
Mock-up credibility: 13.5%
2. Galaxy Note II mock-up #2
Mock-up credibility: 24%
3. Galaxy Note II mock-up #3
Mock-up credibility: 48%
4. Galaxy Note II mock-up #4
Mock-up credibility: 54.2%
5. Galaxy Note II mock-up #5
Mock-up crediblity: 75%
6. Galaxy Note II mock-up #6
Mock-up credibility: 7%
1. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)
Omg VERIZON why won't you get this awesome phone? Don't you want more money?! Step up your smartphonenlineup with the top phones! No one is going to buy the LG Intuition( not hating on you LG ).
13. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I dont think verizon will not get the second version of this. They probably waited to see if it was going to be popular or not. They will most likely get this one.
2. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I wish it wont have that curves of the S3. It will just look like a jumbo S3. I want the design to be different. Samsung should use premium materials like the Bada flagship phones.
4. sid07desai (Posts: 268; Member since: 03 May 2012)
It is pretty obvious. Same as Galaxy S3 (Exynox 4412, 8mp cam, Mali 400, 4.0 ICS). Same as G Note (800x1200). The only new things are 2gb ram (intnl version) and RGB matrix. Won't be much of a surprise.
7. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Overclock the procie please. But really, I wish the Note 2 becomes the culmination of the Exynos 5, otherwise quad core krait will blow everything in the competition.
5. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Exynos 5 would be a great processor, i hope they would use it in Gnote2.
12MP+dual led flash and please, a shutter key?
resolution of 720p would be enough.
a stylus that could act like an earpiece+mic. *just like in asus padfone.
better build quality.
no physical keys.
And lastly, a neat looking design.. somewhat, like Gnexus. Curved screen. And no front physical buttons.
and oh, please don't forget that a couple of gigs of ram. That is needed.
9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4100; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Exynos 5 is only intended for tablets last time I heard. I think I read something about an 11.6 inch tablet Samsung is making that will be the first to have it? I'm not sure if the Note 2 will classify as a tablet, considering it's in its own class, but I doubt the Exynos 5 will be a feature in it regardless.
10. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
exynos 5 was truly intended for tablet. Same goes with s4 pro of qualcomm, but LG managed to put s4 pro in its upcoming device in IFA, optimus G. I think samsung could manage to do same thing with its exynos. :)
6. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Samsung haven't had a standout design lately, they keep it clean/minimalist. But its their hardware and software that has strength.
8. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)
I think if they used better build quality it would attract even more people!
11. jove39 (Posts: 1316; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
For some reason I love big screen phones...started with 4.0(SGS1) > 4.3(SGS2) > 4.7(OneX) and think next will be 5.5 in Note2 :)
12. redmd (Posts: 901; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
That sounds familiar. Mine is SGS1>SGS2>SGNote. I skipped the S3 because it's smaller than the Note. lol
14. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 527; Member since: 20 May 2012)
If that bulls**t jury decision delays or prevents the note 2 launch, I'm going to start a riot at a Mac store
16. serge327 (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
if note 2 can use Qualcomn APQ 8064 quad krait andreno 320 gpu instead of exynos 4412 will be better...
18. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I look forward to this today Wednesday August 29th. We will be hearing when this will land in the States and on what carriers. The Galaxy Note 2 will land on all US carriers except Verizon. It will hit T-mobile first on October 12 and At&t on October 19th and hit Sprint on October 26th just my predictions. Otherwise VERIZON has the LG VU and will have the exclusive HTC 1080p Note 2 competitor. Samsung won't make a Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon....