Thursday, August 30, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note II announced at IFA 2012; upsized to 5.5-inches

Samsung is surely disappointed by its loss in an U.S. courtroom to BFF - yet still rival - Apple, but if you think the firm is slowing down the release of any products, think again.

Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy Note II on Wednesday, at IFA 2012 in Germany. However, the version announced on Wednesday is the international version, as typical of Samsung's global superphones, it looks like U.S. consumers will have to wait.

The Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen with a 1280 x 720 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio (you're reading that right; the Note II has a larger screen, but less pixels, as the original had a 5.3-inch screen and 1280 x 800 resolution).

Size-wise, the GNII is 3.17-inches x 5.95-inches x 0.37-inches) and weighs in at 6.35oz. A 3,100 mAh battery powers the phone, nearly Motorola RAZR Maxx-sized. The GNII also comes with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, HSPA+ and LTE connectivity, dual-band 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, an eight megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.

The Galaxy Note was sized at 3.27-inches x 5.78-inches x 0.38-inches. The size differential between the two phones was minimized when Samsung reduced the bezel of the new phone.

16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions of the phone are planned, and a (near-requisite) microSD card slot is included for additional expansion.

An improved S Pen allows more precise note taking and drawing. In addition, a user can hover the S Pen over an email, calendar entry, image gallery, or video and preview the content without opening it. It will also tell the phone if it's "left behind."

Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note II in EMEA starting in October. The GNII will be available in Marble White or Titanium Gray color options; launch dates in other regions were not disclosed by the company.

A preview is embedded.

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