IFA 2012: Samsung announce the Galaxy Note II

Steve Withers

Korean giant promises some magic when it comes to their latest mobile device

In one of the worst kept secrets in recent memory, Samsung announced their new Galaxy Note II at the IFA show in Berlin today. As with the Galaxy Note before it, the new device is neither a smartphone or a tablet but sits somewhere between the two - a phablet if you will. Samsung promise that the new device will be larger, brighter and sharper than the previous incarnation. It is also slightly taller and narrower and includes the new S Pen which has been redesigned to provide greater precision.

The Galaxy Note II uses a slightly larger 5.5” 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED screen that has a ratio of 16:9 and there is a fair amount of horsepower inside with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. It uses the latest Android operating system, Jellybean, includes a 8-megapixel camera and has an improved battery with better power management. The Galaxy Note II will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, with further expansion via the micro SD card slot, which can take cards up to 64GB in size.

The Galaxy Note II will include many of the benefits found on the Galaxy Note 10.1 including multi-tasking. This allows S Note to open a popup window when using another application so you can take notes at the same time. As well as Popup Notes, there is also Popup Web and Popup Video which let you do the same with browser windows and video as you can with notes. The improved S Pen has greater precision, a better grip and a new rubber tip for easier use. There is also Air View which allows you to hover the S Pen like a magic wand over emails, S Note, S Planner, image galleries or videos and preview their content without opening them.

Pricing has yet to be announced but the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available from October.


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