Samsung unveils Galaxy Note II: 5.5-inch HD screen, quad-core, Jelly Bean on board
The Galaxy Note II is armed with a brighter and larger 5.5” HD Super AMOLED Plus display with resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. While this means that pixel density will be slightly lower compared to the original Note, in reality, the image quality shouldn't suffer any losses, as this screen used the standard RGB matrix, instead of PenTile, which means more subpixels, and ultimately – clarity. The bezel is slimmer, so despite the increase in screen size overall the device is not bigger.
Powered by the same Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor that's also found in the Galaxy S III, but clocked up, to the whopping 1.6GHz, the Note II will have no trouble running any application you can think of. It's still unclear if Samsung has found a way to integrate this CPU with LTE for the U.S. version, or will again have to make a compromise and replace the Exynos processor with a Snapdragon one. In terms of memory, the Galaxy Note II is well-equipped. RAM will never be an issue with its 2 gigabytes.
The G Note II features an 8-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel BSI front shooter.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will ship in three versions - a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB ones, with memory expandable via up to 64GB microSD cards making it possible to have as much as 128GB storage.
The second-gen Note is coming with a humongous 3,100mAh battery that should get you through the day.
The phablet comes with a brand new S Pen. It comes with new features, it’s smarter - hover with the S Pen over email titles or images, and you’d get a peek inside. Samsung calls this Air View and it works in S Calendar, the mail application, the gallery and the video player.
PopUp Note and PopUp Video are two other neat little productivity features. While in a call, taking out the S Pen out of its slot will automatically bring up a note. We've probably all had that moment when we have to write something down but there's nothing to write on nearby. And best of all, Samsung is opening the SDK to developers, so there would be more and more apps supporting built-in S Pen.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
1. redmd (Posts: 909; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
again, it's decent but I'm disappointed, truly.
12. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)
You must like the iphoney then! This is going to be the flagship of Sammy.. This is impressive. Whats not to like?
If this doesn't satisfy you, then make your own phone
45. redmd (Posts: 909; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
iPhone? of all? I'm disappointed but I'm still gonna replace my Note I with Note II.
81. The_Godfather (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Simply speechless and wow Sammy has done it again....Our new monster is enough to shut the mouths of all haters.
Love you Sammy just going to do a pre - order for my Note 2..!!
15. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
For a device with almost everything maxed out, there's not much you can do. If the screen were any larger, it'd be a tablet. The only thing would be the camera, which I supposed Samsung has not found a way to make Zero-shutter lag work with 12 megapixels yet and the screen, then again 1080P would be pure overkill.
Memory, available in 64GB, maxed. RAM, 2GB highest for any phone, and all it would probably need.
Processor, Quad-core exynos, best there is.
I don't see how else they could have improved it
38. korean411 (Posts: 40; Member since: 04 May 2009)
true very true any bigger it will become a tablet. and well no company i heard of found a way to make a pure zero shutter lag work on 12mp and beyond in phones
20. redmd (Posts: 909; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
For Note I users like me, it's a meh. For the rest, this should be a wow!
23. e.wvu (unregistered)
So what did you want? You need to explain yourself.
37. remixfa (Posts: 14126; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if your a note user, this isnt meant for you.. the note3 will be meant for you. this is to "wow" people on the fence.
big ass battery, i wonder if thats purely to compensate for the OC exynos, or if it will actually last a long time.
60. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
So far this is the phone I am going to buy. The original Note has a VERY nice root community so the Note II will not fare any different.
All I have to do is wait to see what the new Nexus' will be like & then I will buy my next phone. So far this Galaxy Note II is EPIC & is clearly in the lead for my good old Benjamins. lol
65. remixfa (Posts: 14126; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wait a second.. after all that Krait defending your going for an exynos quad!?!? lol.
70% chance it will end up being a krait in america anways, unless they got a real LTE solution. hopefully its the pro at least.
71. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Well I really like the 5.5 inch Super AMOLED+ display. I am really looking at the size more than anything. Well if the rumored 5.3" plus screen does come with a quad-core S4 Pro then we can talk.
All I know is the Galaxy Note II was just announced. If they announce a quad-core S4 Pro phone with a screen 5.3" or larger than I WILL check it out.
Right now I can only go with what is announced. I really want to see what Google has up it's sleeve with the Nexus'.
I mean we all know the quad-core 1.7GHz Krait S4 Pro with Adreno 320 is way better than the overclocked quad-core 1.6GHz E4 on the new Galaxy Note II.
74. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I really would love to see a quad-core Krait S4 Pro in the U.S. Galaxy Note II but I don't think that will happen. They would have announced that in their Unpacking Event.
One can only hope! :-)
77. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1055; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Well, the S4 Pro quad cores don´t have the baseband chip with LTE integrated. So what would be the reason to change the chip then? (from Samsung perspective, not yours).
So the better you can hope for is the S4 Pro MSM8960T, that even if it´s a dual core is Krait and has Adreno 320.
88. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Umm I read that ALL Qualcomm Krait S4 SoC's are compatible with US LTE networks. I really don't know what you are talking about.
If that is true then that is news to me.
94. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1055; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I don't know where you read it but it's wrong: Qualcomm has chips that have the baseband integrated and some others than don't.
Right now there isn't any S4 quad core that has any wireless band integrated (wifi only, but not phone basebands).
That's because they were intended for tablets, where integration is not a must as they battery is bigger and you can just add an expternal chip for the cell modem if needed even if it consumes a bit more battery.
You can check the list of integrated basebands in each chipset here:
Ony two krait quad cores:
APQ8064 (wifi only, no cell modem)
MPQ8064 (no modem at all)
95. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Hey +1 for you.
I guess if Qualcomm wants those SoC's to hit the US, they will need to add the cell modems for them to work. I still feel confident that Qualcomm will fix that & get it to the U.S. ASAP.
Thank you TylerGrunter, I stand corrected.
96. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1055; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
They will hit the US for sure, just with external cell chipsets like in the tablets.
LG Optimus G (Eclipse in US) is a good example of a phone doing just that.
And I'm sure in the future you'll see sevaral tablets with the quad cores Krait, as the chip is 50% more powerful in CPU and around 70% in GPU than the better Tegra 3.
But still I don't think Samsung will use them for the Note II, if they have to add the extra chip anyway they'll do with the Exynos 4412, not the Krait. If not they'll use the a dual core Krait (see my previous comment).
97. remixfa (Posts: 14126; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
your right SAE. ALL Kraits are US LTE/HSPA+42 compatible. Hell, all Q chips in general are because they are the only ones with the copyrwrited IP for that... which is why so far they are the only ones to accomplish that.
98. remixfa (Posts: 14126; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
oh no.. I stand corrected. Tyler is right.
MDM9x15 is the modem used in the LG, its not integrated. Nor is it integrated on any of the Pro chips either.
Wifi, blutooth and the rest are integrated however.
Thats not very smart. From what I can tell on Q's website, they are selling the MDM9x15 modem as well, so if it's compatible with other chipsets like Exynos, they are selling away their competitive advantage against Samsung in the US. The only reason there was ever a chip switch was for the integrated LTE/HSPA+ modems. Maybe its finally the end of that nonsense.
The odd thing is that many websites are still saying the quad/pro have integrated on chip LTE/HSPA+, so either they are wrong and just assuming or they know something that I cant find.
44. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
As a note owner, I'm thrilled. I plan on trading mine ASAP
22. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
i am dissapointed due to resolution 720 x 1280 .why can't sammy break the resolution wall of 720 x 1280.sammy is first in breaking specs record.
36. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
At least it's non-pentile. It is weird that they dropped down from 800x1280 though. Density won't be all that impressive.
39. remixfa (Posts: 14126; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they made it a lil thinner to make it more handle-able, did they not? besides, now its in more of a "standard" resolution and in RGB so a lot of complaints should be gone.
40. korean411 (Posts: 40; Member since: 04 May 2009)
at first when i read the review it was weird good thing is that they have a 16:9 display which is a plus for them and they aren't using a pentile but RGB matrix and considering this preview says they are using super amoled plus. the only question i have is since samsung just did an lte with quad core device will it be like that with the states for me i really hope so.
49. remixfa (Posts: 14126; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
we've all got our fingers crossed. If not, it should come with AT LEAST the Krait pro, if not the krait quad. A heck of a lot better than the regular Krait at least.
73. korean411 (Posts: 40; Member since: 04 May 2009)
hope so cause in the gs3 the quad core processor and lte radio was separately integrated meaning the quad core processor had it is own space and the lte radio had it own space in simple terms but i am sure this is the year we will see quad with lte cause if uk and europe has it then we should get it as well since europe and uk don't really have an 4g lte and we do
47. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
quality is more important than the specs......
53. remixfa (Posts: 14126; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
and there is zero reason to go above 720p at mobile screen size. Your eyes wont notice the difference, its pretty impossible, and you will hog tons and tons more of resources.
Maybe when the E5 quad comes out, just because it will have crazed amounts of power, but still, there will be no need. Tablets.....eeehhh. .maybe.. phones.. not so much.
57. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
actually, the galaxy note 2 is huge, but its still intended to be used as a phone, so a 300ppi density would have been better,but this is the first time that samsung has come out of the pentile matrix display, so they need some time to improve....but the display would be better than the galaxy s3's display because finally, samsung finally throws out the useless pentile matrix display, the build quality should have been improved......anyways, its a good device but i think it would be quite expensive
99. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
it is written here. on this site only. as RGB, but every other site says it is Pentile. so i think phonearena reported e wrong info
46. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Because he is a USELESS iphone user. If he thinks he's disappointed today wait till September 12th. That will be '' MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT''
63. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
yes,the note 2 has a lot, but why should we bring the apple vs samsung battle into this....he could also be a nokia or a bb user.....apple has specs that are optimized for apple hardware and ios, so it can do any task very well with what it has and its gpu rocks....so, in other words, we can say "to each, his own"
the note 2 is pretty impressive, i don't understand why he wants more, the display is good, the specs are more than enough...so we can say....the note 2 is a good device, it is the best phablet in the world today.........samsung continues to impress
59. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
As a note 1 user,, I kinda feel like "meh" put W8 on it ;-)
66. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
If you expected anything more than a larger, slightly updated SG3 then you were bound to be disappointed. This New version of the Note is very satisfactory. Frankly, I don't know what all the hype is about. The notes just a big Samsung Galaxy.
13. korean411 (Posts: 40; Member since: 04 May 2009)
The Galaxy Note II is armed with a brighter and larger 5.5” HD Super AMOLED Plus display with resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. While this means that pixel density will be slightly lower compared to the original Note, in reality, the image quality shouldn't suffer any losses, as this screen used the standard RGB matrix, instead of PenTile
30. McJobs (Posts: 106; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
101. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
If I remember, Samsung didn't label it SA+ even though it used the RGB matrix.
4. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Disappointed they couldn't make a unique or even slightly different design.
7. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I think it's awesome! conservative, but nice design.. I'm glad they didn't follow the design of the SIII too closely.
I think it'll be a great device!
I like that it's using the Plus screen.. no more pentile!
I am DEFINITELY picking it up when it hits Verizon.. even if it doesn't get the Exynos in the US version.
18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Exactly, if the note looked more like the S3 It'd be hidious. Just thinking about those rounded curves already enough to give me shivers.
19. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Looks almost identical to the GS3, besides a little shaving on the corners.
5. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
This is awesome. I love it. Can't wait.
I hope they put an S4 Pro and an Adreno 320 in it. That'd complete the package.
24. redmd (Posts: 909; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
That's part of my disappointment. Note II left many things to be desired. But we can always wait for the next Nexus or the LGOG.
62. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Here's my take on it.
I'm not sure about the S4 Pro thing, we'll have to wait and see how it compares to this new Exynos with the benchmarks. Who knows, it may turn out to be an equal beast.
The GPU is said to be the same Mali 400, but overclocked. I'm not sure if it'll make that big of a difference, but I guess we'll have to see. I'd still prefer the Note 2 over the new LG phone because of Jelly Bean and the larger screen. Only a slight difference here.
I also prefer TouchWiz over the crappy LG skin, and I can disable all of the bloatware I don't need, such as S Voice, Media Hub, etc. Basically everything except S Note.
Also, Nova Launcher. Haha!
tl;dr Basically, the Note 2 has better software, but we'll have to wait until the official benchmarks of the processor and GPU.
6. Deerajrp (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Aug 2010)
forget the design!! the specs are pure awesomeness :D
8. sarb009 (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
hey u above me why are u dosappointed what did u want processor with 8 cores , 10" screen, 8 gb ram or pink color ?
26. redmd (Posts: 909; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Comment # 11 got my thoughts. please read that.
9. mills0806 (Posts: 37; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)
I hope Samsung does mention what SOC will be in the U.S. version.
33. korean411 (Posts: 40; Member since: 04 May 2009)
hope so cause they just put LTE and quadcore processor with the gs3 in korea so, crossing my fingers
11. Cha7520 (Posts: 216; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
I'm not really impressed. Why does Samsung make phones every several months and really never have a "breakthrough" with the specs? Okay, cool....it has a 1.6 Quad Core Processor...thats new! 5.5" Super Amold HD display, non-pentil...cool...again...no big deal. 3,100 mAH battery..cool...again, the Droid MaXX has been out for months..nothing new. Its thinner..wow..okay. Not sure if the Camera is a 8MP or what...but even if its a 10MP...so...there is a LG phone coming out with a 13 MP. So again....thanks for another nice shiny phone with nothing that really says "WOW, I gotta have this phone!"
25. korean411 (Posts: 40; Member since: 04 May 2009)
lets galaxy note to will be the first phone coming out with 4.1 jelly bean out of the box. i don't see a need for a 13mp camera. i mean don't get me wrong it is a good option but 8mp is good enough. they have a better multitasking feature much better then the not 10.1 lot of software applications like airview plus the implement the s pen a lot more to the phone which is a plus. also it has a 16 by 9 display which alot of phones don't have. the note II is a promising device but we all have to wait and play with it to determine how good it can be. but i understand what you saying. LG is trying so hard to be the get to company for high end smartphones which quite frankly honestly speaking had struggled for a long time now. I hope they do well with the phones they just announced, also it is hard for lg especially if their device is not really out there but we will see. Considering how fast technology i going in this world today it is not odd that especially smartphones are released every year