Samsung has unveiled the much-talked about GALAXY Note II smartphone at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event at the IFA 2012 trade show in Berlin. At 5.5-inches, the new Note is slightly larger than the previous generation 5.3-inch Note.
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A whole new way to Note
The previous Note was a surprise success, selling over 5 million units worldwide. With the S Pen, Samsung made the stylus cool again. Samsung has added new abilities to S Pen, including Air View, Quick Command, Popup Note and Easy Clip.
At first impression, the Note II takes its design cues from the GALAXY S III, only bigger.
The new Note retains the Super AMOLED HD screen, now a narrower 16:9 widescreen ratio. A definite plus for watching all those HD movies.
Geeks will be happy that the Note 2 will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box, and packing the fastest Exynos processor to date –– a 1.6Ghz quad-core, with a generous 2GB of RAM. Sweet. As usual, it comes with Samsung-flavoured TouchWIZ UI layer.
The Note II is available in 16, 32 and 64GB configurations and also expandable via microSD card.
Surprisingly, Samsung didn’t put a bigger camera into the Note II, sticking with a familiar 8MP number which is similar to that of the GALAXY S III. The camera however comes with additional features, one called Best Faces, which lets users designate a preferred face in a group. Nothing ground-breaking here.
Available in white or gray (expect pink to come later?), the Note II is expected to debut in October in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With Samsung mighty marketing muscle, this should sell well in the market.
No pricing has been announced. Likely to be in the vicinity of RM2,099 we suspect.
See official Samsung GALAXY Note II press pics:
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