At this year’s IFA conference in Berlin, Samsung has finally unveiled its next Galaxy Note.
It seems that the rumors have been on the ball. The Note II is larger than its predecessor at 5.5” and will have 720p resolution similar to the Galaxy S III with Super HD AMOLED. This means that the resolution is a tad less than the original Note at 1280×800. It also means that the new Note is longer to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio of the display. This makes the Note II slimmer and taller than its predecessor. It does look like a larger Galaxy S III.
It has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. It has an 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front camera. It comes with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. It has a larger battery at 3,100mAh and NFC. It will come in three models with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage capacity and will come with a microSD expansion slot.
In terms of wireless connectivity, the Galaxy Note II comes with Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi-N (2.4GHz and 5GHz), 3G, and LTE.
As for what makes the Galaxy Note II a Note. The S Pen has been tweaked. The S Pen on the Note II gives you 1024 levels of pressure. We suspect that the S Pen on the Note II is also made by Wacom in that the S Pen on the Note II acts similarly to that on the Note 10.1 which was designed by Wacom.
The Galaxy Note II is has the Galaxy S III’s Popup Play feature which allows you to watch videos on top of any app opened. Popup Note allows you to take notes while on a call. Simply take out the S Pen while talking to someone, on speaker or with a Bluetooth headset and Popup Note automatically opens. Samsung also announced apps optimized for the Galaxy Note II which include Sketchbook, Moleskine, and Draw Mania.
Other features of the Note II are Photo Note where you can add notes or messages at the back of a photo, similar to writing a post card, Easy Clip where you can lasso areas of a photo and it is copied to the clipboard, Idea Visualizer where the Note II will suggest images based on the word you have written and Quick Command which opens apps depending on gestures made with the S Pen on the Galaxy Note II.
No pricing was announced but Samsung has said that the Note II will arrive in October.