Samsung unveils Galaxy Note II: 5.5-inch HD screen, quad-core, Jelly Bean on board

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note II: 5.5-inch HD screen, quad-core, Jelly Bean on board
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 even better - it sports a slightly bigger, 5.5-inch display, a quad-core processor that gets rid of the slight lag in the original Note, and best of all Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box.

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, which means more subpixels, and ultimately – clarity. The bezel is slimmer, so despite the increase in screen size overall the device is not bigger.

Powered by the same Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor that's also found in the Galaxy S III, but clocked up, to the whopping 1.6GHz, the Note II will have no trouble running any application you can think of. It's still unclear if Samsung has found a way to integrate this CPU with LTE for the U.S. version, or will again have to make a compromise and replace the Exynos processor with a Snapdragon one. In terms of memory, the Galaxy Note II is well-equipped. RAM will never be an issue with its 2 gigabytes.

The G Note II features an 8-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel BSI front shooter.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will ship in three versions - a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB ones, with memory expandable via up to 64GB microSD cards making it possible to have as much as 128GB storage.

The second-gen Note is coming with a humongous 3,100mAh battery that should get you through the day.

The phablet comes with a brand new S Pen. It comes with new features, it’s smarter - hover with the S Pen over email titles or images, and you’d get a peek inside. Samsung calls this Air View and it works in S Calendar, the mail application, the gallery and the video player.

PopUp Note and PopUp Video are two other neat little productivity features. While in a call, taking out the S Pen out of its slot will automatically bring up a note. We've probably all had that moment when we have to write something down but there's nothing to write on nearby. And best of all, Samsung is opening the SDK to developers, so there would be more and more apps supporting built-in S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II release date is set for October, but the price is not announced yet. 

source: Samsung

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



100. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Oh wow... the Note II looks really nice. The design aspect is taken from the SIII, but for some reason I find this way better looking than SIII.

93. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

why does every other site say that this phone uses the Pentile matrix but phonearena claims otherwise?

103. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011 "While we were waiting with bated breath for Samsung to announce an HD Plus screen, meaning a regular RGB matrix, it seems to have quietly gotten rid of the typical PenTile arrangement with the Note II, yet employed something different than standard RGB stripes." It's not Pentile, but it's different from standard RGB.

90. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

display isnt S.AMOLED +..... its old S.AMOLED

80. Iphone4 unregistered

no Black? HTC One X for Me

89. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They would probably release later on other color options just like on the galaxy s 3

78. prisilla111

Posts: 12; Member since: May 29, 2012

Great phablet overall. Glad they went with super amoled plus.But would like 2 have seen it have at least the same resolution as Note 1. Samsungs excuse for using pentile instead of samoled plus, in the sg3 seems to be bs now. Also, hoped for something better than Mali 400, as far as the graphics.

72. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

Is that the samsung galaxy note 2 or are you just happy to see me? That screen is HUGE!!

69. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

my dad may replace his MAXX with this instead of the Razr HD like i will probably do with my own Razr. o:

58. animeware

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2012

I understand Note 2 got faster processor I'm just fine with my Note I do not need to Upgrade Note 2 not that much better from Note. The Note 1 has better pixels 1280x800 as for note 2 it's only 1280x720 something like that. I wait for Tegra 4 or 5 to come out.....

70. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

For us Note users, the Note 3 will be our upgrade. At least that's what I'm going to do. I will skip 2 and wait for 3. I'm also disappointed because There's no Note 2 with WP8...

102. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It technically has a lower pixel count, but it uses the RGB matrix instead of Pentile, so it should actually look clearer than the Note 1's screen despite the lower pixel count. And then there's Jelly Bean, Touchwiz UX, OC quad Exynos (the best out right now), 2 GB RAM which make it almost guaranteed 2 years worth of updates, and the advanced S-Pen abilities... I'd say it's a pretty decent upgrade.

56. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't know what you guys who are disappointed really expected or wanted Samsung to do. The phone is coming with Jelly Bean pre installed, a great processor, two gigs of RAM, and an even bigger screen without increasing overall size. This is a nice upgrade, what the Note should have been in the first place. Now PLEASE, Samsung, get this to the US as soon as possible, and on MULTIPLE CARRIERS this time.

68. Savage unregistered

I know. I am impressed Samsung released it with Jellybean, not ICS. Great phone with huge screen, redesigned stylus, latest Android on board, best specs on market, can't really complain. Aside from the lawsuits, it is has been a fabulous year for Sammy. Wish them luck.

55. onggeo

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Dunno if some of the comments here regarding the design are sarcastic or what cause it looks exactly like the S3 imo

54. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I am bit disappointed with the resolution. I was expecting it to be 1680 X 1050 as mentioned earlier

51. jove39

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011


50. Sprintfan

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Any carrier announcement? Anyone have any links for HTC's response to this?

48. Aeires unregistered

Samsung didn't miss a beat, awesome job in bringing some really great phones to the consumers.

42. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

it looks like a big GS3. kinda want one

41. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

I'd rather have the windows phone 8 version

35. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

s3 with a pen wow

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, there went my small hope for an E5 dual surprise.. boo! lol

43. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

would you like to hop into the quad krait bandwagon remix? hehe I have my eye on that LG superphone though.

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

nope. I dont throw down final judgement until we get commercially released reviews and benchmarks. We have a good idea of what to expect with the note2.. the LG still has a bit of "faith" involved that they've upped their game. The Note2 is still probably too big for me. I'd have to play with it. The note1 just looked like it would be annoying in my pocket.

61. animeware

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2012

I own the Note 1 it fit's in my pocket just fine....

64. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

remixfa there is nothing coming out with a E5 this year. They didn't even mention that mystery tablet they were talking about. Quad-core S4 Krait Pro is coming out in 2012 the E5 dual-core is 2013. I figure sometime before Q2 ends. For the quad-core E5 it looks like it's going to be this time next year. Wow Qualcomm has the mobile processor on lock this year & next year.

67. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Q is always first out of the gate. Thats their advantage and Achilles heel at the same time. They get lots of excitement and a space of time all to themselves, then they get pummeled by the other chips being more powerful. Nope, that was my best hope for an E5. Unless there is another surprise, It looks like by Q2 is now my best guess as well. BOOOOOOOOOOOO. I just need a device im excited for... none of them are good enough for my $$ yet. I dont want to compromise on jack.

75. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

remixfa if you think like that you will never get anything. Remember nothing is ever the best for long. Just think of it this way, (I know it helps me) everything you buy in theory is already obsolete because if it's out in a store that means that the OEM is already working on or is about to release something more kickass than that.

83. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats why the last phone I bought was the SGS1. It was exactly what I wanted. strongest specs, best screen, lots of development (though since i got it day 1, i didnt know that would happen... but i had faith :) ), and a surprisingly agile 5mpx camera which was still considered top end at the time. I would have gotten the S2 or the S3 had they not been reduced to reject status by the chip trade out and power compromises... the quality issues of the S3 are a bit of a turn off as well. I'll get what I want and exactly what I want. If I'mma shell out 600 for a phone its going to be darn near perfect. :) I will wait until the multiple nexus announcements that are around the bend, that is my next great "hope" for a device that really gets my engine running. I will "settle" for a Krait quad or maybe even Pro if the rest of the device is perfect, otherwise I'll likely be holding out for an E5. I love the idea of the Note2 and its features, but its a bit too big for me. Kinda spoiled by how thin, light, and pocket friendly my Vibrant is. I literally have to check my pockets half the time to make sure its still there because I dont feel it. I am a tech nut. Cant help it. Its like OCD. You think I know as much as I do because it floats into my brain at night? lol. Always lookin, researching, comparing. Shyyyt, im supposed to be studying my Med/Surg book right now and im here yackin about new tech instead. lol

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