Samsung unveils Galaxy Note II: 5.5-inch HD screen, quad-core, Jelly Bean on board
0. phoneArena 29 Aug 2012, 12:33 posted on
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…
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1. redmd (Posts: 1274; 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: 1274; 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: 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..!!
15. frydaexiii (Posts: 1459; 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: 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
20. redmd (Posts: 1274; 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: 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.
60. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; 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: 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.
71. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; 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: 4847; 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: 1524; 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: 4847; 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: 1524; 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: 4847; 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: 1524; 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: 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.
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.
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: 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.
36. Commentator (Posts: 3705; 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: 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.
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.
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.
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
47. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
quality is more important than the specs......