Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note II smartphone-tablet hybrid at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked Event in IFA Berlin.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5-inch HD Super Amoled display and packs a quad-core mobile processor power inside. By default, this smartphone-tablet hybrid will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which indeed is great news for those who have been waiting for this device. Samsung plans to launch and introduce the Galaxy Note II in October for major Asian, European and Middle East markets.
All new Galaxy Note II has a 0.2-inch more display real-estate compared to its predecessor and also packs more powerful hardware along with battery power. Its 5.5-inch HD Super Amoled touchscreen display supports 1280×720 pixel resolution natively. Compared to that, Galaxy Note had a 5.3-inch HD Super Amoled touchscreen display with native 1280×800 pixel resolution. The difference lies in the pixel density where in Note has 285 ppi with first generation Corning Gorilla Glass strength whereas the new note has 267 ppi with slimmer second generation Corning Gorilla Glass strength.
Under the 9.4 mm thick chassis, the Galaxy Note II houses a quad-core 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad mobile processor with 2 GB RAM and Mali-400MP graphics chip. With such top notch hardware, Samsung will pack Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update with a flavour of TouchWiz UI on top of it. Of course, the Galaxy Note II will come with S Pen stylus that can be used optimally with the Premium Suite software pack of apps.
Samsung has also implemented a new feature called Popup Note that lets the user open the S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen. Besides that Quick Command feature to access frequently used apps with S Pen by keeping the button pressed. For instance, if you write name of your contact starting with @ sign then it will automatically begin composing and email for that contact.
It comes with an Easy Clips feature that allows slicing out the content visible on the screen using S Pen and shares that clipping with any app that supports sharing images. The Idea Visualizer brings up the illustrations based on what you write on the screen. If you write, candy then it will show up a candy illustration.
The Galaxy Note II has an 8 megapixel camera at the back with auto-focus and LED Flash. This camera is easily capable of recording full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second and the same video can be editing on the device itself. In the front, the Galaxy Note II features 1.9 megapixel camera for video calling.
Samsung continues to offer GPS along with A-GPS and GLONASS support in the Galaxy Note II. The wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WiFi along with WiFi Direct support, WiFi Hotspot, DLNA support, Stereo FM with RDS, accelerometer, gyroscopic sensor, proximity sensor, compass and barometer.
In terms of on-board storage options, Samsung will offer the Galaxy Note II in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB editions along with micro SD card slot capable of holding up to 32 GB card. The Galaxy Note II will support LTE category 3 cellular networks along with regular set of 3G network band support.
Samsung has also beefed up the most crucial aspect the device – battery. The Galaxy Note II will come with a massive 3100 mAh battery that can be expected to make the device run for two days straight.
Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available in Marble White and Titanium Grey colours. The company has not announced the price of the Galaxy Note II and expects it to launch in major regions starting October this year.