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…
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103 Comments

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and there is zero reason to go above 720p at mobile screen size. Your eyes wont notice the difference, its pretty impossible, and you will hog tons and tons more of resources. Maybe when the E5 quad comes out, just because it will have crazed amounts of power, but still, there will be no need. Tablets.....eeehhh. .maybe.. phones.. not so much.

57. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

actually, the galaxy note 2 is huge, but its still intended to be used as a phone, so a 300ppi density would have been better,but this is the first time that samsung has come out of the pentile matrix display, so they need some time to improve....but the display would be better than the galaxy s3's display because finally, samsung finally throws out the useless pentile matrix display, the build quality should have been improved......anyways, its a good device but i think it would be quite expensive

91. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

very true

82. tha.fox

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

pok did you not read its rgb not pentile?

99. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 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

46. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Because he is a USELESS iphone user. If he thinks he's disappointed today wait till September 12th. That will be '' MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT''

63. thebest

Posts: 231; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

yes,the note 2 has a lot, but why should we bring the apple vs samsung battle into this....he could also be a nokia or a bb user.....apple has specs that are optimized for apple hardware and ios, so it can do any task very well with what it has and its gpu rocks....so, in other words, we can say "to each, his own" the note 2 is pretty impressive, i don't understand why he wants more, the display is good, the specs are more than enough...so we can say....the note 2 is a good device, it is the best phablet in the world today.........samsung continues to impress

59. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

As a note 1 user,, I kinda feel like "meh" put W8 on it ;-)

66. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

If you expected anything more than a larger, slightly updated SG3 then you were bound to be disappointed. This New version of the Note is very satisfactory. Frankly, I don't know what all the hype is about. The notes just a big Samsung Galaxy.

87. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

The f**k were you expecting?

2. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Where is Super AMOLED Plus with RGB ??

13. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 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

30. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

101. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

4. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

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

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

19. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

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

27. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

IS Verizon getting a version of this?

5. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

24. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

62. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

6. Deerajrp

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 15, 2010

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

8. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 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 ?

10. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

my previous post is for 1st comment **

26. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Comment # 11 got my thoughts. please read that.

9. mills0806

Posts: 37; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

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

33. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 2009

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

11. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 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!"

25. korean411

Posts: 92; Member since: May 04, 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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