Samsung Galaxy Note II with 5.5" AMOLED to be narrower than the Note, release moved to September

Samsung Galaxy Note II with 5.5
A 5.5" AMOLED display has been confirmed for the upcoming Galaxy Note II, according to a tipster, but the device is actually narrower than the current Note, despite the larger viewing estate.

The source has said that these design cues are taken from the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is a pretty compact device for a 4.8-incher. Of course, we hope that the Note II won't be just a larger S III with a stylus, but will have its distinct personality that made the device so popular, and carved a niche where nobody thought it existed before.

As for specs, it's anyone's guess, but the wishful thinking is an Exynos 5250 ARM Cortex-A15 processor, although Samsung states it made this one for tablets. 2GB of RAM would be expected, considering this thing might come full six months or so after the Galaxy S III announcement, and also having in mind that some Galaxy S III versions carry 2GB of RAM as well.

The source chips in on the release date as well - they say the announcement of the Note II has been moved to September instead of October, to give Samsung a head start before the release of the iPhone 5. The sooner, the better, we'd say.

source: GSMArena

Related phones

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



1. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

yah the sooner, the better but why so necessary to move the date? iphone 5 doesnt even qualify to compete with this Godzilla lol...chill samsung.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yes, but isn't iPhone 5 supposed to have a bigger 3.6" screen with 767 MB of RAM and a new 0.40 Pixel Front Facing Camera. If true, I would go with the iPhone because all my friends have iPhones as do all the members of the "congregation"; we all FaceChat (when we're near an open access point). Trust me, we have a top drawer time.

10. SleepingOz unregistered


13. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Smart man.

36. Riven

Posts: 25; Member since: May 25, 2012

3.6? no ways it better have at least a 4 incher...and i'm not even talking about phones at this point in the conversation..JUST seriously, please Apple...4 inch screen AT LEAST, ever go from a EVO,GS2/3, One X to an god...

2. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I hope their not rushing it. I have mad respect for Samsung and I know they usually make the right decisions when it comes to hardware/software quality but, I don't think they have much reason for such haste considering how well the SG3 is doing.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2079; Member since: May 26, 2011

It looks like they're right on target Annual product cycle for their products S2 April/May 2011 S3 May/June 2011 Note October 2011 Note2 September 2011

34. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Wait s3 and note 2, 2011? 2012?

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hell yeaaaaa!!! Take my money :-D

7. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012


4. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

The Note2 has plenty of character. It's big screen is great for viewing newspaper articles from papers I subscribe to. Great to read on trains where there isn't space to read a regular broafsheet or tabloid. Also like the pressure point pen and stuff you can do with that. All up a great device.

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you just described a Tablet.. not a phone.. why not get a tablet instead

32. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Why are you even asking the obvious? Some people dont want to carry a tablet and a phone. 2. A tablet would need wifi or service to run the web. If you used mobile hotspot youre using both devices at the same time anyway. For some people, this is PEFECT. Since you like watching things in a 3.5" screen, probably squinting. I wouldnt expect you to understand.

5. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

The thing that makes Galaxy Note pretty clumsy for using it as a phone is not actually its screen size (diagonal) but aspect ratio, which is set to 16:10 (1280x800). If they choose to make different aspect ratio, like 16:9, then it would be much easier to use it as a phone despite even larger dimesion, because it would be narrower. They could implement already standard 1280x720 resolution for that, which would seem small in terms of PPI, but maybe Samsung is preparing Super AMOLED HD Plus full RGB matrix for it, which could easily be the best screen to date and surely the worthy competitor to whatever Apple will have in their sleeve for Spetember next iPhone launch.

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'd be VERY surprised if they only went 1280x720 on this phone. If they are truly planning on a 16:9 ratio as opposed to the 16:10 on the original, I see no reason why they couldn't squeeze in 1600x900 or better on a screen of this size.

20. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That would be lovely, however I doubt they will succeed that in this phase of production framework. They already gave themselves pretty strong headache with achieving 300+ PPI for PenTile SuperAMOLED, and this would be the step further which I don't think they will achieve in this season. Maybe next year. All this would be especially true if they intend to make Note II with flexible AMOLED as we could heard in some rumors.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

I hear ya & you're probably right, but the Note has a ppi of 285. If the Note II does have a 5.5" screen & a narrower display, say 16:9, then a 1600x900 display would result in a 334 ppi. Pretty high, but less than the Rezound or the Xperia S. Just saying that it's possible...if they really want to try.

28. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Rezound and Xperia S have LCDs but it's far more difficult to achieve that PPI values on AMOLED displays. But of course it's possible, no doubt about that. It's only matter of calculation between quality, quantity and demand, which should be in a stage that is relatively easy and cheap to make such quantities in relation to market demand. So I think it's not this year. Next year I expect 1080 displays anyway...

17. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

I understand where you are coming from, but I think 16:10 is okay for a phone, cus 16:9 is designed for landscape view, like tv/monitor. Going 16:10 gives you that extra width in portrait position.

21. g2a5b0e unregistered

I agree with groupsacc. Also, that 16:10 ratio is one of the ways (including the stylus & a few others) that differentiate the Note from Samsung's regular lineup of phones. They have to keep a few things different to separate the target demographics as to not compete with themselves.

26. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I actually wanted to puke all over my computer after reading this... I cannot STAND the NARROW A$$ BIG MEDIA PUSHED 16:9 WIDESCREEN WANNABE resolutions, 16:9 makes me absolutly sick... I went from 4:3 monitors to 16:10, I went to a lan center to play some games and the 16:9 monitors where 24" the same as my home monitor and it made me all sorts of discusted with the way Big Media has brainwashed millions, you lose SO MUCH on the narrow screen 16:9 monitors that ITS NOT FUNNY... I remember my first test of the new widescreen TV's, it was a movie just released at the time, and it had 2 versions, one made/formatted for 4:3 and one formattted for "widescreen" 16:9, on the widescreen edition while you could see the guys stomach and up, on the regular 4:3 you could see HIS WHOLE BODY... To date, everyone who I have set my 16:10 monitor next to, or let use for a day to work on, has proclaimed that they cant understand what happened, I explain it to them simply: you have been brainwashed by Big Media with the "HD" standard... Naturally of course, I have helped those who could afford it, to find a repalcement monitor on Newegg/eBay/Craigslist... As a current Galaxy Note owner, if they switch to the discusting 16:9 standard, I will never buy another Samsung Phone ever... oh, and because someone has tried the "what do you watch TV on, an old tube TV comment, no, I watch it on my Desktop or any of my laptop's (all 16:10 resolutions), or a very nice 16:10 projector


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

wow, u really like those 120 pixels huh? "I will never buy another samsung phone ever" if they changed from the only phone that even offers it now? seriously chill, it's 120 pixels of screen real estate and while i get why u like it as i do as well sorry man, you are making a mountain out of a pixel hill

6. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Too bad I'm locked in a contract. I can't wait for Note III already. 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED+ display, Quad core 20nm Exynos CPU w/ LTE, ARM MALI T658, 4GB RAM, Android Lemon Pie. DROOLING!

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

I think you're in the right neighborhood with some of those specs, but in the fall of 2013, I doubt any phone will have 4GB of ram (2GB is almost overkill at this point) & Android will probably still be at K. I would love to see a full HD screen on a less than 6" screen though. Those will definitely be available by then, no matter how superfluous they may be.

19. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Yeah. 2GB would be more realistic, but with falling RAM prices and the recent move by Samsung to increase S3 ram capacity from 1 to 2GB to future-proof the device, there'd be a good chance they may go for 4GB in 2013 for Note III. Especially considering that they'd have to cover OS upgrades to like L or M.

9. deventure

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

great "mock-up" picture...

11. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

If this is coming in september, thatd be hot because my upgrade eligibility is in the fall. good things comes to those who wait and this would be a good one. iIm a big man (6'7" 240lbs) and this is the perfect phone for my wife has the original note which would make her a lil jealous lol

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2528; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I like the rumor about the 5.5 inch screen, but I'm going to take a differing opinion on the aspect ratio. I like that the Note has a wider screen. It makes writing on it or drawing something better than a slimmer device. The wider screen makes you feel like you have more room on your screen. Although maybe with the increase in size, it may even out to the same width, but I just hope it is around the same width as it is now.

18. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I am just really concerned with the processor. Will it work with LTE? Are they going to replace it with a qualcom S4 for North America release? Will the the Note 2 be plagued by the Black Crush/Clipping issue as with the 1st Note (will Samsung just ignore this issue and not fix it?) Guess I'll wait and see.

23. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I'm waiting for this, bring it fast samsung....... :) One thing will it be A15 dual core or Quad core.......??? Hope samsung is also able to squeeze full HD screen into this device, then this would be awesome device.........

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