IFA 2012: Samsung Galaxy Note II, 5.5" quad core smartphone
August 30th, 2012 - 09:15 am ET by C. D.
The successor of the Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet has been unveiled during Samsung’s unpacked event. The Galaxy Note II brings with it a 5.5" diagonal screen and a quad core processor.
After the real success of the Galaxy Note smartphone tablet, which tried its luck in the difficult segment for communicative devices with a screen size larger than 5", Samsung has now used their Unpacked 2012 event to unveil its successor the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
The manufacturer remains fully focused on the smartphone/tablet (or phablet) sector by unveiling a smartphone which is only 9.4 mm thick, weighing only 180 g and with a 5.5" display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a Super AMOLED screen. The device is accompanied with a stylus and the S Pen technology which benefits from the Air View activation function to push the stylus which has been rethought since the previous model.
The new smartphone now benefits from a quad core processor running at 1.6 GHz paired with 2 GB of RAM and internal storage ranging from 16 to 64 GB. It is also possible to extend this through the use of a microSDXC port (up to 64 GB).
Besides the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, we find an NFC (Near Field Communications) module and MHL support (Mobile High-Definition Link) to view multimedia content on a large screen via a HDMI port.
The Galaxy Note 2 will be HSPA+ 21 Mbps compatible and will also be 4G LTE compatible. On the back we find an 8 Mega pixel lens (killing off the rumour of a 13 mega pixel digital camera lens), with it being possible to record in 1080p Full HD video, while we find a secondary camera lens on the front for videoconferencing.
The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, still with the Touchwiz layer and Split Screen function which was announced during the presentation of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet which allows you to run two applications at the same time with the screen divided in two thanks to multiprocessing and the quad core processor.
We also find Samsung hubs, a range of applications specific to the S Pen technology for taking notes and the S Voice assistant seen in the Galaxy S III. In terms of design, Samsung has now decided on the 16:9 screen which maintains a smartphone aspect and which should help users manipulate the device when it is in their hand.
Its rounded form and finish leave it closely resembling the Galaxy SIII, with the smartphone to be offered in white or silver. It should be noted that it also comes with a 3100 mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is scheduled for release in October 2012 (at the same time as the new iPhone?) in Europe for an as yet unknown price. The device will be launched at the same time in 100 countries. US consumer will have to wait until early 2013.