Galaxy Note II: last minute round-up

Galaxy Note II: last minute round-up
OK, guys and gals, there are only a few days left until the official introduction of the Galaxy Note II, and you don't want to be caught by surprise when all info about the device becomes available to the world, right?

So how about we do a quick round-up here, reminding ourselves of exactly what the Galaxy Note II is expected to be! What you can read below is an updated and improved version of our Note II specs preview that we did earlier. Of course, some things have changed since then, so there's a pretty good reason to go through it even if you've already read it.

Design

No much is known about how the Galaxy Note II is going to look, although we guess it's relatively safe to assume that it'll be somewhat similar to its predecessor. Still, we've heard that it may come in a slightly narrower, thinner, and taller body, compared to the original Note, which wasn't impossible to hold with one hand, but didn't provide the most comfortable experience possible either. Still, some seem to believe that Samsung might take a slightly different approach with the Note II, taking cues from the current flagship - the Galaxy S III (probably not such a good idea). Whatever it ends up looking like, we can be completely sure that there will be an improved stylus for hand-written note-taking.

Display

Most unofficial sources that have revealed info about the display of the Samsung Galaxy Note II agree that the device will come with a 5.5” panel.

Although there were some quite optimistic rumors going that the new Note will come with a spectacularly high resolution of 1050x1680 pixels, we don't think this will happen. It sounds as a bit of an overkill, and... well, even Samsung's tablets don't have such a high resolution.

The resolution of the Note II will most probably be the same as on the original one - 800x1280 pixels. In addition, though, it's rumored that Samsung will use a Super AMOLED HD Plus display, which would mean that the screen will have a standard RGB matrix, instead of PenTile, which in turn means better image quality compared to the original Note.

Flexible screen? Nope, not yet.

Processor and Memory

It's almost certain that the chipset of the Note will not be anything unseen. We believe that the gigantic smartphone will sport a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, the same that's found on the Galaxy S III. Of course, this isn't a bad thing, as this CPU is still among the best out there and will remain relevant for quite some time.

On the GPU side of things, the Exynos 4412 will sport the Mali-400, which has already proved its prowess in the Galaxy S III.

The RAM memory on the Galaxy Note II will probably be 2 GB, as it seems this is being established as the new standard in terms of RAM on a smartphone.

Camera

We're willing to believe that the sensor of the Note II will be an 8-megapixel one. That said, Samsung might as well surprise us with something more 12MP-like, but the chances aren't too big.

Actually, we won't be surprised at all if the camera is exactly the same as the one of the Galaxy S III, which in turn is almost identical to the one of the Galaxy S II. While this isn't such a bad thing, we think it's finally time to see some improvement in the camera field that would further close the gap with point-and-shoot (contrary to what some may believe, cell phones are still lacking compared to the trusty dedicated cameras). Anyways, we can be pretty sure that the Note II will take great photos, for a phone.

Of course, the handset will also have a front-facing camera for video chats and noisy self-portraits, but we haven't heard of any specifics, though anything around the 2-megapixel mark should be a pretty close guess.

Operating system

Although there has been more than enough time between the launch of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Note II, we somehow can't get this thought out of our heads that the Note II will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That wouldn't be such a catastrophe, of course, since ICS is still a wonderful OS, but that Jelly Bean update better arrive quickly.

But let's not underestimate Samsung that much. Here's to hoping that the manufacturer is to surprise us with a Jelly Bean handset from the get go! Whatever the OS version is, though, we can be sure that there will be TouchWiz UI on top, and a very Nature-inspired one at that. The latest version of the TouchWiz interface was a very important update to Samsung's custom software experience, which added some visual goodness, improved the smooth performance even further and introduced some cool features.

Release date

After its announcement on August 29, the Note II is expected to go on sale sometime in October, which isn't an outstanding achievement by Samsung, but the delay between announcement and launch is still tolerable.

Stay tuned for our August 29 coverage, when we'll tell you all there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note II! While you're waiting, though, why don't you take a look at the Galaxy Note II mock-ups that leaked during the last couple of months. Which one do you think will turn out to be the closest to the real thing?


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GALAXY Note II
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(16h 3G talk time)

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17 Comments

1. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

Omg VERIZON why won't you get this awesome phone? Don't you want more money?! Step up your smartphonenlineup with the top phones! No one is going to buy the LG Intuition( not hating on you LG ).

13. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I dont think verizon will not get the second version of this. They probably waited to see if it was going to be popular or not. They will most likely get this one.

2. redmd

Posts: 1903; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I wish it wont have that curves of the S3. It will just look like a jumbo S3. I want the design to be different. Samsung should use premium materials like the Bada flagship phones.

3. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

I would buy

15. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Just give me my note 2 :(

4. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

It is pretty obvious. Same as Galaxy S3 (Exynox 4412, 8mp cam, Mali 400, 4.0 ICS). Same as G Note (800x1200). The only new things are 2gb ram (intnl version) and RGB matrix. Won't be much of a surprise.

7. redmd

Posts: 1903; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Overclock the procie please. But really, I wish the Note 2 becomes the culmination of the Exynos 5, otherwise quad core krait will blow everything in the competition.

5. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Exynos 5 would be a great processor, i hope they would use it in Gnote2. 12MP+dual led flash and please, a shutter key? resolution of 720p would be enough. a stylus that could act like an earpiece+mic. *just like in asus padfone. better build quality. no physical keys. And lastly, a neat looking design.. somewhat, like Gnexus. Curved screen. And no front physical buttons. and oh, please don't forget that a couple of gigs of ram. That is needed.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Exynos 5 is only intended for tablets last time I heard. I think I read something about an 11.6 inch tablet Samsung is making that will be the first to have it? I'm not sure if the Note 2 will classify as a tablet, considering it's in its own class, but I doubt the Exynos 5 will be a feature in it regardless.

10. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

exynos 5 was truly intended for tablet. Same goes with s4 pro of qualcomm, but LG managed to put s4 pro in its upcoming device in IFA, optimus G. I think samsung could manage to do same thing with its exynos. :)

6. redmd

Posts: 1903; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Samsung haven't had a standout design lately, they keep it clean/minimalist. But its their hardware and software that has strength.

8. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

I think if they used better build quality it would attract even more people!

11. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For some reason I love big screen phones...started with 4.0(SGS1) > 4.3(SGS2) > 4.7(OneX) and think next will be 5.5 in Note2 :)

12. redmd

Posts: 1903; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

That sounds familiar. Mine is SGS1>SGS2>SGNote. I skipped the S3 because it's smaller than the Note. lol

14. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

If that bulls**t jury decision delays or prevents the note 2 launch, I'm going to start a riot at a Mac store

16. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

if note 2 can use Qualcomn APQ 8064 quad krait andreno 320 gpu instead of exynos 4412 will be better...

18. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

I look forward to this today Wednesday August 29th. We will be hearing when this will land in the States and on what carriers. The Galaxy Note 2 will land on all US carriers except Verizon. It will hit T-mobile first on October 12 and At&t on October 19th and hit Sprint on October 26th just my predictions. Otherwise VERIZON has the LG VU and will have the exclusive HTC 1080p Note 2 competitor. Samsung won't make a Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon....

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