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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note II: 5.5-inch HD screen, quad-core, Jelly Bean on board

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note II: 5.5-inch HD screen, quad-core, Jelly Bean on board
After lots and lots of leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally made the Galaxy Note II official. The new Note “phablet” is exactly what we thought it would be and even better - it sports a slightly bigger, 5.5-inch display, a quad-core processor that gets rid of the slight lag in the original Note, and best of all Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box.

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.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II release date is set for October, but the price is not announced yet. 

source: Samsung

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posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:34 13

1. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


again, it's decent but I'm disappointed, truly.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:35 17

3. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Why? Lol.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:02 16

76. MARKSPEAR77 (Posts: 40; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


obiously ifans, lol....

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:42 20

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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:18 8

45. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


iPhone? of all? I'm disappointed but I'm still gonna replace my Note I with Note II.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:50 9

81. The_Godfather (Posts: 187; 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..!!

Aweosmenessssssssssssssssss!!!!!!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:44 9

15. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; 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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:00 6

38. korean411 (Posts: 79; 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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:47 8

20. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


For Note I users like me, it's a meh. For the rest, this should be a wow!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:51 7

23. e.wvu (unregistered)


So what did you want? You need to explain yourself.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:00 10

37. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:48 3

60. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; 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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 14:05 2

65. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 14:36 3

71. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 14:40

74. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; 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! :-)

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:17 1

77. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:26

88. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; 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.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 05:13 3

94. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; 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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_%28System_on_Chip%29
Ony two krait quad cores:
APQ8064 (wifi only, no cell modem)
MPQ8064 (no modem at all)

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 06:48 1

95. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; 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.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 07:32 2

96. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1533; 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).

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 07:37

97. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 07:55

98. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

http://compare-processors.com/lg-to-use-qualcomm-a pq8064-in-upcoming-smartphone/5686/
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5585/qualcomm-announ ces-mdm9x25-mdm8225-support-3gpp-rel10-advanced-ca rrier-aggregation

Wifi, blutooth and the rest are integrated however.
http://www.qualcomm.com/chipsets/snapdragon

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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:16 3

44. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


As a note owner, I'm thrilled. I plan on trading mine ASAP

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:50 3

22. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:00 4

36. Commentator (Posts: 3709; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:01 1

39. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:05

40. korean411 (Posts: 79; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:24 1

49. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 14:38 1

73. korean411 (Posts: 79; 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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:23 2

47. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


quality is more important than the specs......

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