Samsung Galaxy Note II announced for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular
DALLAS — September 19, 2012 — Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States – will launch the Galaxy Note® II in the U.S. with five major carriers by mid-November. Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the carriers.
Optimized for the fastest 4G LTE* and HSPA+ 42 networks, the Galaxy Note II combines some of the best capabilities of the Galaxy S® III with an enhanced S Pen and new S Pen apps, the processing power to multitask like a PC, with a larger screen yet in a thinner, lighter form factor. The Galaxy Note II enables consumers that want a larger format device to create, collaborate and now share original content faster and easier than before.
“The original Galaxy Note® created a new category of smartphones by combining the best of a smartphone with the best of a tablet. In less than a year, Samsung sold more than 10 million globally demonstrating the category is taking hold,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The new Galaxy Note II is a significant leap forward for the category.”
Power & Performance
Galaxy Note II marks the U.S. debut of Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6 GHz quad-core processor optimized for LTE networks. It has 2GB of internal RAM; and comes with 16 GB of onboard file storage and supports up to 64GB of additional memory with a microSD® card. Collectively, these deliver easy multitasking, lightning fast screen transitions, powerful browser performance and minimal app load time.
The Galaxy Note II is the first Samsung smartphone to launch with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean, which brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search. It is also a SAFE-designated device, which means it has additional security features to safe-guard sensitive data and communications.
The Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen with 16:9 aspect ratio, the standard for true HD video viewing, and comes with a 3,100 mAh battery, which is 24 percent larger than the original Galaxy Note.
Despite the much larger battery, the device weighs slightly less than the original Galaxy Note. As a result of a narrower bezel on all four sides of the screen, the screen is larger but the overall device is narrower. The Galaxy Note II is available in Marble White and Titanium Gray color options.
Create & Collaborate
At the heart of the Galaxy Note II and the ability to create and collaborate is the S Pen™, which has been ergonomically redesigned to provide a more precise and natural writing and drawing experience. The new S Pen can sense 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, four times more than the original S Pen.
When the new S Pen is removed from the Galaxy Note II, it automatically launches the S Pen menu, which opens a new home screen that allows one-touch access to most used S-Pen applications. Keeping track of the S Pen is simple now too because a visual and audible alarm appears if the user forgets to put the S Pen back inside the device.
The S Pen’s advanced features provide the ability to capture ideas, inspiration and information instantly, and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen, such as adding new calendar appointments by writing the event details directly on the day of the week, signing or adding handwritten notes to an email.
Selecting and cropping text, images or other content on the Galaxy Note II with the S Pen is very similar to a traditional “click-mouse” experience. When the S Pen’s side button is pressed down, the S Pen recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content on the screen. Users can draw precise lines around the content to be cropped out, highlighted or copied into another application.
Key applications of the S Pen include:
- 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.
- Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, calendar entry, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it or wait for screen transitions. This feature also enables users to preview Web site content without opening the full site. Air View provides a title description for unrecognizable icons in various applications.
- Quick Command uses the S Pen to quickly activate applications and services people use most often. The command pad appears with one upward swipe on the screen with the S Pen button pressed down. Users can send an email, make a call or search a location with pre-registered and customized S Pen stroke marks made on the command pad.
- Idea Sketch 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.
- Photo Notes allows users to create handwritten notes on the back of digital photos.
Multitask & Share
The Galaxy Note II takes multitasking to the next level by enabling consumers to launch multiple windows on one screen, including high definition video. Multitasking features include:
- Popup Note lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window to jot down a quick note during a phone call, checking email or watching a video.
- Popup Video extends the concept of ‘Popup Play.’ While watching a video, with the touch of a button, the video will become a floating window on the display. The video will continue to play and it can be re-sized or repositioned to any part of the GALAXY Note II’s screen. This versatility means that users are free to load other applications beneath it to browse online or work in other apps such as email, calendar or text messaging.
- Popup Browser launches a new browser window when a user clicks on a link embedded in an email.
The Galaxy Note II contains many of the popular, real-life content sharing features introduced in June on the Samsung Galaxy S™ III including:
- S Beam – Tap back of Galaxy Note II against another S-Beam-enabled device to share large video files, documents or S Notes in seconds without using data service.
- Share Shot - Seamlessly share pictures taken with Galaxy Note II’s 8 megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away.
- Burst Shot/Best Shot – Capture rapid-fire still pictures with zero shutter lag; choose picture with optimal colors, lighting and clarity from Best Shot image recommendations.
- AllShare Cast™ and GroupCast™ have been expanded on the Galaxy Note II. Share premium video content, mobile games and movies and TV shows from Samsung Media Hub wirelessly with Samsung Smart TVs, laptops, tablets and other consumer electronics.
Customize & Accessorize
- Protective Flip Cover – Samsung’s unique flip cover enhances the look of the Galaxy Note II with a premium leather front and glossy backing, while providing privacy and protection. The Protective Flip Cover comes in seven vibrant colors to customize the Galaxy Note II, including Titanium Gray, Marble White, Blue, Pink, Mint, Lime Green, and Orange.
- S Pen with Eraser – This ergonomic, full-featured S Pen features a button for gestures and an eraser tip for easy corrections. This updated version of Samsung’s original S Pen truly mimics the feel of a pen or pencil.
17. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Doesn't matter, I sold my RAZR back in March (cleared 100% profit) for this. I will be there launch day at my local Verizon SOHO store and happily pay out-of-pocket.
OMG, I feel like I am back at the 'Chocolate Factory'!
2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2167; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
It's finally official that it's coming to all carriers! I couldn't be more excited! Day one purchase for me.
27. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
Just talked to a Verizon rep that told me I should upgrade to the iPhone 5. When I told him i'd rather wait for the Note2, he told me Verizon was not going to get it. I told him it was coming to all 4 major carriers (+ 1 small regional carrier), he said he KNOWS Verizon will not get it. & Well, we don't even have Note1.
what an idiot.... lol
3. MikeG77 (Posts: 371; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
While im happy to see that its coming to Verizon with Jellybean on board it makes me wonder when will we see JB on the Nexus/S3 and pricing. Sounds like this fall its going to be a lot of awesome choices for new smartphones.
9. MikeG77 (Posts: 371; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
I swear the people on this site amaze me. I get thumbed down for wondering on pricing and when JB is coming out for other phones. We all know that there are some people on here who would be complaing if it was not released with JB.
4. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'd want to see what fluff samsung has added on top of Jelly Bean before recommending or possibly buying it, but it's very encouraging to see it on all the major carriers. Waiting to see what HTC and LG bring to the table as well, as I personally tend to prefer their designs and interface.
5. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)
I'm with you on that. I want to see what HTC has to offer before I make a final decision. Excited, nonetheless
6. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Wow US peeps got the same innards as the international models :)
8. slaggyb (Posts: 191; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
F The nexus 3 or whatever google calls it..... finally I can actually purchase a samsung exynos equipped phone on my dear carrier t-mobile I got the international galaxy s ii and was stucked with edge speeds....Am more than excited and can't wait till it launches getting it @full price unlocked....
10. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1003; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
VERY F-ING SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can honestly say that I will save my AT&T upgrade eligibility for the Note II and use the hell out of this phone lol
22. metalpoet (unregistered)
I was smart to wait on my upgrade for the next note, my upgrade has been due since July 20th and I wanted the GS3 but i heard rumors of the Note 2 coming to verizon and i have the POS Moto DROID 3 so i shall patiently wait for the Note 2! :)
QUAD CORE QUAD CORE!!!!! OH MY GOD FINALLY AMERICA GETS FREAKING QUAD CORE FOR VERIZON!
11. skymitch89 (Posts: 1056; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Cool that it's coming to the top 5 carriers instead of the top 4. But this means that I'll probably have a tough choice when it comes to the end of my current contract, but I'm thinking that I might stick with Sprint.
23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8242; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Your best bet is T-Mobile. Now that they have true unlimited 4G at prices cheaper than Sprint, you'll save money in the long run.
24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, if i weren't grandfathered on Verizon i'd switch to T-Mobile.
12. e.wvu (unregistered)
Forget the iPhone 5. I'm definitely selling my GS III to get this beast!
13. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Have to say Day One purchase for me I have been waiting for the ultimate entertainment device that will cover all areas. Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with quadcore 1.6 Exynos processor on Tmobile's gsm hspa plus 42MPS network it will be simply the best battery life ever on any device. This is going to be great...
19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2167; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Well, it's definitely not gonna have the "best battery life ever on any device", but I agree with most everything else you said. Hope you were kidding there.
14. alfadolla (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
X-mas comes early in some states..lol, with nothing but samsung note II and a smart pen too lead us too merry bliss.....Ho Ho ...doh!!!
15. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Im as happy as a tornado in a trailer park lol. I been wanting the Note(II) since It was announced last year...BTW Im selling my Sprint S 3
18. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
well...told you. xD
what's even better is there's Exynos' all around! 8D
25. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 May 2012)
Man, its gonna be helluva expensive to pay full price for a beloved Note 2, hopefully I can get some cash outa selling my Note 1
26. e.wvu (unregistered)
Well, a rep from U.S Cellular replied to a user on their official Facebook page stating that the Note II is expected to ship by the end of October. So hopefully they are right on that!
28. scassidy23 (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 May 2012)
When the Note 2 launches, don't go to the carrier stores!!! For the best deal on this phone including trade and save on your old device, the place to go is Radioshack!! We will have this phone for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint on launch day. We transfer all your content (contacts, pics, videos, ringtones, etc.) for free!! We have expert support for free!! And we almost always have a special for all new phones on launch day that beats the carriers. Example, when the SG3 launched, all carrier stores released it at $199.99 new or upgrade, Radioshack had it at $149.99. So trust me come to Radioshack and get your Note 2 when it releases!!!
29. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
I have no comment, best luck for everyone supports for this upcoming phablet beast and I would want one for myself by Verizon. Both world of benefits that screen, speed and freedom. I wish a battery life can last up to 12 hours, to power for moderate to heavy use.
30. jaimeovarela (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
OMG HURRY UP.... B4 I HOP ON THE IPHONE!