No more PenTile? Samsung Galaxy Note II specs review
|Design||Galaxy Note II||Galaxy Note||Galaxy S III|
|OS||Android (4.1)||Android (4.0.4, 4.0.3, 2.3.5, 2.3.4)||Android (4.0.4) TouchWiz UX UI|
|Dimensions||5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 (151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm)||5.78 x 3.27 x 0.38 (147 x 83 x 9.65 mm)||5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm)|
|Weight||6.35 oz (180 g)|
the is 4.1 oz (118 g)
|6.28 oz (178 g)|
the is 4.1 oz (118 g)
|4.69 oz (133 g)|
the is 4.1 oz (118 g)
|Colors||White, Gray||Black, Pink, White||Black, Brown, Blue, Red, White, Gray|
|Physical size||5.50 inches||5.30 inches||4.80 inches|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels||800 x 1280 pixels||720 x 1280 pixels|
|267 ppi||285 ppi||306 ppi|
|Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
|Talk time (3G)||13.50 hours|
the is 7 h (402 min)
the is 7 h (402 min)
|Capacity||3100 mAh||2500 mAh||2100 mAh|
|Samsung Exynos 4412||Exynos||Exynos 4412|
|Quad core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9||Dual core, 1400 MHz, Cortex-A9||Quad core, 1400 MHz, Cortex A9|
|Graphics processor||ARM Mali-400 MP4 (Quad-Core)||Mali-400MP GPU||ARM Mali-400/MP4|
|2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel: Yes)||1024 MB RAM||1024 MB RAM / DDR2|
|Camera||8 megapixels, Immobile||8 megapixels, Immobile||8 megapixels, Immobile|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
Note II screen eschews the typical PenTile matrix - image courtesy of The Verge
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
i love this phone!
now if only I had the money to get the Galaxy camera, the Ativ S and an i5 W8 tablet, i'd be the happiest creature in the universe.
25. MeoCao (unregistered)
S-pen is better than ever.
2. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
Im happy i didnt grab the GN1. Because this is very exciting! Now hopefully it gets here with LTE and that hot quad core goodness onboard.
36. apocalypsebc (Posts: 147; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I hope it has quad core as well to go along with the 2 gigs of memory.
3. jrandolf (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
why it has a lower pixel density than note 1 ?
8. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
It is no longer pentile, so even though its ppi is lower, the screen actually will look sharper, and you wont get the pentile style big square pixels (brixels, as I say).
The screen is a tad bigger too. This means you wont be looking as close to it, so the lower ppi wont be as evident. For example, a 1920x1080 50 inch television will only have around 44 ppi, but you can't tell because you sit far back from it.
27. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Wait but I'm confused... Is the screen HD Super AMOLED PLUS or just HD Super AMOLED? And if so, how is it the latter without PenTile? Someone please clarify :-/
38. sam_tek (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)
ok look at it this way:
Sumer Amoled - Pentile
Sumer Amoled Plus - RGB
HD Super Amoled - something else as it's mentioned in the article (but not pentile, neither is it rgb exactly)
I would speculate it to be better than the pentile. now, is it on par with the rgb or even better, someone needs to do a proper review - my take!.
47. rd_nest (Posts: 683; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
37. Hammerfest (Posts: 360; Member since: 12 May 2012)
Lower resolution, crappy aspect ratio, lower ppi...
Ill stick with my OG Note... The screen is pretty damn decent, sure the GS3 screen might look a bit better, but ill be just fine with my OG Note and the non crappy resolution
49. blackadder1996 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)
how is does it have a crappy aspect ratio?
and technically it has a higher resolution screen (in terms of subpixels)
4. wendygarett (unregistered)
Huh?? Only 267ppi??
12. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
The original Note was 285ppi on a PenTile display, which uses RGBG instead of RGB. RGBG skews the ppi and makes it look higher than it should be.
9. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
I want this phone, but I also want a new nexus phone. I'm sick of waiting for updates on my phone, and I've decided the next phone I will get has to be a nexus. I'm going to wait see if there will be any phablet variant of the nexus, otherwise I might actually consider this phone.
10. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
my galaxy nexus developed a faulty charging port today.
after 40 minutes with verizon customer care, i found out they wont honor my warranty due to a 1" hair line crack on the other end of the phone.
i am done with verizon. i am done with samsung. i am done with android.
when the new iphone drops, i'll be buying one for any carrier but big red that day. android will always have inferior build quality and inferior customer service.
were this an apple device, it would be far less likely to have the problem this "new, improved, flagship, frequently updated" android device has developed. and even if it did have the exact same issue, i would walk into an apple store and walk out with a new phone 10 minutes later.
11. YaIphoneiscool (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Should have got a Iphone way better!
13. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Riiiiight. Because iPhones never break. I have never once seen an iPhone with a cracked screen or anything.
15. Paradox (Posts: 123; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Well, the nexus is actually intended for developers. And idk if you noticed, but android isn't a phone, so it can't have inferior build quality and inferior customer service. Go get yourself ripped off on an iphone if you really want to, you will only regret it.
23. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
thats why i specifically mention samsung and verizon.
android is stuck with other hardware manufacturers and carrier's customer service. they lack control. dont be dense.
i used to have an iphone 3g on ATT. i loved it. not sure why i ever left.
34. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
If you got a hairline crack on that Gorrilla glass, I cant imagine what your iPhone woulda looked like had you chosen a 4S.
They are infamous for shattering and since they have glass on the backside that only DOUBLES your chances.
Regarding the charging port. Neither Carriers or Assurion cover warranty on ports (its better to report phone stolen) And if you think apple will honor ports they dont. I sent a customer to the apple store and they said it was "corroded" and warranty wont cover.
Im with you on Samsungs "Quality" (its the worst) but dont be mad at Verizon, all carriers will do the same. And dont be mad at Android either.
17. ahhxd717 (Posts: 316; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Android isn't to blame for that. I guess Samsung is at fault for having bad build quality and s**tty warranties. Maybe you should've gotten insurance.
24. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i have insurance. i dont know why.
after $70 in coverage payments, they want $100 for a deductible. all for a phone that has a used value of about $200 and is 10 months old and is falling short on all the promises made at launch.
i just cancelled my insurance. i'll be leaving vzw, android and samsung for good on 9/21.
26. xtroid2k (Posts: 323; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Leaving android. You know what Android doesn't like u either. And if you want an alternative WP8 will be far superior then IOS. I used to work for Verizon and it is what it is. Your device had a hair line crack. Don't get mad at mommy cause you didn't get your way.
By the way apple could give two craps if you have a hairline crack. The same thing will occur. My best advice is to spend money on a case
35. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Dont buy Samsung. Their phones depreciate in value too quickly, and a lot has to do with the cheap build quality.
41. Forsaken77 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
You should've called Samsung, they have a 1yr manufacturer warranty. They won't give you a refurb either. They fix your actual phone (the port, not the crack) and send it back to you. I had a really bad experience with Samsung fixing my og GS1 Captivate. They sent it back with more software issues then when I sent it to them to be fixed. Yours is a port so it's pretty straight forward. It's better to have them fix it for free then not have a phone till you cancel.
45. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
better pay that nice big applecare fee and deductible each time it falls on the carpet :)
The hairline crack was damaged you caused therefor you need to own up and either pay your insurance for a new device or buy outright.
SO your argument was inappropriate.
16. gcogger (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
I'm not sure this quite fills the same niche as the original Note, as it has a taller (by ~7mm) but narrower (by ~3mm) screen. One of the distinctive features of the original Note was its much 'squarer', by phone standards, screen.
21. hung2900 (Posts: 765; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
4mm taller, not 7mm. Learning maths again, man!
44. gcogger (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
I was talking about the screen, not the phone. Learn to read again, man :)
19. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Why the heck Samsung downgrade the screen of the note2 ? The note one have 1280 x 800 screen but note 2 downgraded to 1280 x 720 ? But i guess people dont care because if it has a Samsung logo on it people will still buy it
20. jrandolf (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
is there any big difference about their screens ? galaxy note has 1280x800 and galaxy note 2 has 1280x720.
29. doejon (Posts: 317; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
guys just read a few comments at the top there is everything u need :-)
the note 2 display will be better cus its not pentile and the screen is bigger and brighter.. sorry 4 my english
33. jrandolf (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
i know . my point is , the note 1 is 80 points higher than note 2. is their any difference ? im not asking why note 2 has a lower density .
51. blackadder1996 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)
It will actually be clearer as it has the full RGB matrix as opposed to RGBG of the original note
22. JC557 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I like how the phone is narrower due to the new aspect ratio. This would make it a bit more managable to hold and use and will look less odd when taking calls. I'm definitely gonna check this out if it comes to Verizon.
28. gaby1451 (Posts: 113; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I'm confused... Is the screen HD Super AMOLED PLUS or just HD Super AMOLED? And if so, how is it the latter without PenTile? Someone please clarify :-/
31. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 501; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Selling my white Note 1 for around $350 in October!!!
39. Phaze0085 (Posts: 99; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
I dont know how you can make something narrower than its predecessor, but yet its got a bigger screen?
40. JC557 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The aspect ratio went from being 16:10 (note 1) to the (now) more common 16:9 which makes the display a bit taller and narrower.
43. rallyguy (Posts: 518; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
So your saying no Touchwiz? If that's the case I'll buy it.
46. rd_nest (Posts: 683; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
48. pegasso (Posts: 132; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)
Samsung Galaxy Note II is using AMOLED pattern similar to Ingis Innovations' patented HR pixel structure :