There has been a great deal of speculation and anticipation following the development of Samsung’s successor to the widely popular Galaxy Note. Today Samsung has officially introduced the Samsung Galaxy Note II via its unpacked event held at IFA in Berlin.
The Korean tech company is excited to reveal the Galaxy Note II and hopes to build on the momentum of the first device; JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung electronics states:
“The GALAXY Note II will encourage users to ‘unleash their inner creativity.’ With a perfect viewing experience and unique and differentiated features, users can discover information and capture their ideas faster, express thoughts freely and manage tasks more efficiently.”
Not Too Big, Not Too Small
This tabletphone will offer a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. The display is 0.2-inches larger than the original Galaxy Note, but it will also offer a lower resolution, as the Galaxy Note has a 1280 x 800 resolution.
Besides the larger viewing surface, the Galaxy Note II will also boast increased performance rates over its predecessor thanks to its impressive 1.6 GHz quad-core processor. The tabletphone will offer 16GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB options, an improved 3,100 mAh battery and HSPA Plus or 4G LTE connectivity. The device will also run on the upcoming Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).
The Galaxy Note II will come with an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing one. The two cameras will be accompanied with similar features that were offered with the Samsung Galaxy S III, including Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot, and Best Photo. Users will also be able to personalize photos with handwritten notes using the S Pen.
The curved edges of the Galaxy Note 2 appear to give the handset a cleaner sleeker look than its original, making it appear as almost a Galaxy Note/S III hybrid instead of simple continuation of the Galaxy Note. The tabletphone will be available in marble, white or titanium gray color options, and is set to launch in October starting in major European, Asian, and Middle Eastern markets.
Regarding its launch in the U.S. Samsung made this statement:
“Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy Note II, which will be available later in 2012. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.”
Currently the original Samsung Galaxy Note is available from AT&T and, as of recently, T-Mobile.