Samsung Galaxy Note II specs preview

Samsung Galaxy Note II specs preview
When the Samsung Galaxy Note first came into the scene, most of us couldn't take it very seriously, because of its gigantic size that made it far more difficult to handle compared to a regular smartphone. However, it turned out that there is a market for such kind of device, which attempts to fill the gap between a smartphone and a tablet (some prefer to call it a “phablet”, which is a word that we aren't too fond of).

Apparently, the Galaxy Note must have been a win for Samsung, considering that we've been hearing all kinds of rumors about a successor recently. Let's try to extract the vital, most important info from all the speculations and see how the Galaxy Note II is shaping up, at least in terms of specs.


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.


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. There has been a single rumor claiming that it will be a 5.4” one, but it also stated that the handset will introduce flexible screen technology, so we aren't willing to believe it.

However, determining the most possible resolution for the Note II seems to be a bit harder. The thing is that the very first rumors centered around the WSXGA+ resolution, or 1050x1680 pixels. While that would be great, though probably a bit of an overkill, later info has mentioned the more trustworthy 720x1280 res. Although 720x1280 would be perfectly enough for this screen size, we can imagine that Samsung will generate considerably more buzz by including a higher-resolution display, considering the fact that every high-end phone has an HD screen nowadays.

When it comes to the display technology, we can be pretty much sure that it will be some kind of Super AMOLED. In almost all cases, the quoted tech is simply HD Super AMOLED, though we have our secret hopes that the manufacturer will manage to get rid of the PenTile matrix and replace it with a good old RGB one, and make this an HD Super AMOLED Plus display. That will improve the viewing experience even further and will lessen the need for such high resolution like 1050x1680.

All in all, we're willing to believe that Samsung is not ready to deliver a device with flexible screen to market yet. One source even mentions that the company won't use its “unbreakable plane” (UBP) technology, which is said to be a precursor to the flexible tech. We're OK with all this – we too feel that the time for flexible gadgets is yet to come.

Processor and Memory

Once again, there isn't consensus on the processor that the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be using. The first rumors started with talk about the Exynos 5250, but some leaked benchmark results that appeared later saw the device running with the Exynos 4412 – the same SoC that's also available in the Galaxy S III. Although the 5250 would have been more powerful, the 4412 still packs quite a punch, plus it will probably be clocked at 1.6 GHz, so we can expect some pretty smooth performance from the next Note.

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 most probably be 2 GB. Earlier, some suggested that the device will come with 1.5 GB, but considering that the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III have arrived with 2 gigs, it's hard to imagine that Samsung will stick to anything less than that for the Galaxy Note II.


Unfortunately, we can't be that certain when it comes to the main camera of the device. We can be almost sure that it'll be either 8MP or 12MP one, but only time will reveal exactly what kind of sensor Samsung has included in its latest product. Whatever it is, we can be sure that it'll be capable of taking some wonderful photos and video. The Galaxy S III did quite well in this respect, so in case Samsung doesn't screw something up with the Note II, we can't see a reason why it won't be at least as good.

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.

Operating system

It would be surprising if the Galaxy Note II launches with anything less than Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and indeed this is the most common theory. Still, this is where those leaked benchmark results come in again, this time to ruin the party by listing the Note II as running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. We shouldn't forget, though, that this was just some old, unofficial benchmark info, so the final device might easily arrive with Jelly Bean.

Worst-case scenario will be if the Note II does come with ICS, which wouldn't be that much of a deal-breaker, since ICS is still super-cool. As far as additional features go, it's almost certain that LTE and NFC, as well as S Voice, S Beam and the other Samsung offerings bundled with TouchWiz UX will be on board.

Release date

In contrast to most other devices, with the Samsung Galaxy Note II we've seen the rumored release date get closer to the present, instead of be moved further into the future. In the beginning, it was thought that the Note II will come in October, which was then moved to September, and even late August, as many believe Samsung will use the start of the IFA 2012 trade show (starts August 31) as a stage to announce the Galaxy Note II. Whenever the manufacturer decides to unveil its new product, you can count on us to keep you informed about all the details surrounding this hot new product.

Related phones

  • Display 5.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



39. bomariam1

Posts: 43; Member since: May 08, 2012

the note is a powerfull tool, and a thiner one, faster core and flix screen will be a killer phone.


Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

Get the T-Mobile Galaxy Note for FREE if you are a new customer or for $29.99 for upgrade customers at Walmart. This is a phenomenal deal. You can even get the no contract version for $350. Pair it with a T-Mobile prepaid plan to save a ton of money.

36. cangie

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

cant wait for this!

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think this will have... same "pebble" design philosophy as the SIII but bigger as this will make holding this gargantuan phone much easier. 720p Display w/ HDSA+ Technology. an Exynos 4412 but maybe + versions of both the SIII and Note II w/ the 5250 will come at around early upgrade time for SII owners if not then i guess that beauty will come in the SIV. same 8MP that's in the SIII but maybe a higher resolution for the FF camera because of the Device's Tablet Nature. Jelly Bean w/ TWUX, especially considering that the SIII is supposedly getting it next month. i wouldn't cross your fingers though.

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

*5.5" 720p Display w/ HDSA+ Technology.

44. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

At minimum it should be a slightly overclocked 4412. I still think there's a small chance of a E5 dual though. Gots my fingers crossed. throw it up to 2 gig of ram and a 10mpx camera!!! yea... no, but its a nice though though :). z I really doubt it wont have 4.1 on it. That would just be ridiculous

19. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I swear, if they put a lower resolution and s**ttier aspect ratio on the screen, im done with Samsung... 16:10 is the PERFECT aspect ratio, 1280x800, 1440x900, 1680x1050, or 1920x1200 are all perfectly acceptable resolutions...

18. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I'm certain that Verizon is going to have this one their shelve.

16. superguy

Posts: 489; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

"However, it turned out that there is a market for such kind of device, which attempts to fill the gap between a smartphone and a tablet" Um ya ... Have you been to Korea lately? Notes are EVERYWHERE. Some even had TV antennas on them. I saw tons of Koreans using them, and they're very heavily advertised.

15. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

i dont care how ''great'' the Note 2 is going to be, im NOT getting it. cos my current Galaxy Note is a piece of junk and i f**king hate it! and the Galaxy Note is suppose to be the ''best dual core phone'', so yea, NEVER GETTING SAMSUNG AGAIN! been let down by Samsung twice already

17. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Try MOTO MAXX! It is a sign of your personality and Samsung device compatibility issue.

21. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

completey true.. if you wanna buy android device??? HTC or moto are way better....because at least they dont copy from apple that much.... samsung = copycat

27. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

yes i agree. in fact the only android phnes im ever going to get will be LG, Sony or Moto.

23. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Want a phone that is superior in every way than samsung? Try Sony Xperia. Best phone ever.

43. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea.. unless you compare it to a galaxy phone. Its inferior in every way hardware wise.

25. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Root it an i don't see what is wrong with the phone hardware is excellent

28. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

how is e hardware excellent? kinetic scrolling is so choppy, the phone hangs and it lags even when i scroll through pages! and mind u, i dont have many apps on my phone. im not going to root it. the phone is like 3 months old only.

31. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'd find that hard to believe if you have the International Variant but if you have the Crapdragon powered US Variant then i could find that a little more believable.

34. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

well it is true. looks like exynos isnt as great as i thought. oh FYI, the phone lags worse than my Optimus 3D and my Optimus 3D has never hanged on me before, but the far superior Note has for some odd reason

35. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it must be something with your particular device then because nothing with Exynos lags. the Note wouldn't be THAT much better than the 3D being that it uses an OMAP4430 which is second to the Exynos from SoCs from that generation but the Note should be noticeably faster.

38. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

but considering that the Note has almost 50% more RAM and that Samsung is known for good software optimization and LG isn't, shouldn't the Note be significantly better??

42. brandnew234

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

Laggy? Heard of project butter? 60 fps all the time. Faster then apple stuff.

9. TimTebow

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

more fail from samsung if those specs are true.

11. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011


13. ph00ny

Posts: 2083; Member since: May 26, 2011

That's what people said about S3

7. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Screen size is really very giant.!

12. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Samsung will make the "fat phone" narrower so it will be easier or more comfortable to hold. Basically, it will be more rectangular than the first generation.

26. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

If you dont need to work, dont buy it an buy just iPhone as a toy for children ;)


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

We need hard cold facts; not iRumors. U.S. Carrier Availability? Release Date? Exact Size? Verizon? Verizon? Verizon?

29. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

Verizon? Yes, Please!

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