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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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posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:02

82. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


pok did you not read its rgb not pentile?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 18:55

87. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


The f**k were you expecting?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:26

88. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; 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, 04:28

91. korean411 (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 May 2009)


very true

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 05:13 3

94. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; 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: 4888; 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: 1543; 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: 14597; 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: 14597; 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 30 Aug 2012, 08:27

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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:34 3

2. McJobs (Posts: 107; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


Where is Super AMOLED Plus with RGB ??

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:43 1

13. korean411 (Posts: 85; 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

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:56 2

30. McJobs (Posts: 107; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


http://d35lb3dl296zwu.cloudfront.net/uploads/photo/image/7631/bandicam_2012-08-29_13-52-43-951.jpg

Where is "Plus" label ?

posted on 02 Sep 2012, 06:53

101. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


If I remember, Samsung didn't label it SA+ even though it used the RGB matrix.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/No-more-PenTile-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-II-specs-review_id33845

Explained there.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:37 3

4. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Disappointed they couldn't make a unique or even slightly different design.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:40 6

7. McLTE (Posts: 922; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:46 1

18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1471; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:47 3

19. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Looks almost identical to the GS3, besides a little shaving on the corners.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:55

27. justme (Posts: 58; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


IS Verizon getting a version of this?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:38 3

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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:52

24. redmd (Posts: 1314; 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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 13:50

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.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:38 5

6. Deerajrp (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Aug 2010)


forget the design!! the specs are pure awesomeness :D

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:40 5

8. sarb009 (Posts: 315; 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 ?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:41

10. sarb009 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


my previous post is for 1st comment **

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:54

26. redmd (Posts: 1314; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Comment # 11 got my thoughts. please read that.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:40

9. mills0806 (Posts: 37; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


I hope Samsung does mention what SOC will be in the U.S. version.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:57

33. korean411 (Posts: 85; Member since: 04 May 2009)


hope so cause they just put LTE and quadcore processor with the gs3 in korea so, crossing my fingers

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:41 5

11. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; 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!"

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 12:52 1

25. korean411 (Posts: 85; 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

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