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Samsung Galaxy Note II Unveiled at IFA 2012

By Joy Hou & Wong Casandra - on 30 Aug 2012, 1:00am

Samsung Galaxy Note II Unveiled at IFA 2012

The Galaxy Note II (left) vs. the original Note (right).

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note II at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event held at the IFA 2012 today.

Equipped with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, the Galaxy Note II is perfect for viewing HD videos, delivering an immersive and enriched cinema-like video viewing experience. The new S Pen is longer and thicker, providing a more precise, comfortable, and natural writing experience.

Air View lets users hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video, to preview content without having to open it. The Easy Clip function enables users to outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share, or paste instantly. Once the image is cropped, users can freely edit the cropped content through coloring, shading, or their own handwriting conveniently.

Popup Note allows users to open an S Note as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen. When a user pulls out the S Pen during a phone call, the S Note application automatically pops up, so he can quickly jot down details. Users can record a whole sequence of actions on their screen with the Screen Recorder, then share it with friends.

The smartphone is also preloaded with a new gesture pad feature called the Quick Command, where users can quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call, or search a location as they draw pre-registered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark.

Users can also load another application simultaneously, stacking multiple applications like multiple windows and easily switching between them. Also, Popup Video extends the concept of 'Pop up play', letting the currently-played video become a floating window on the display. The video will continue to play and it can be repositioned to anywhere on the screen.

Processor 1.6GHz Quad-Core
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Network HSPA Plus or 4G LTE
Display 5.5-inch / HD Super AMOLED / 1280 x 720 / 267ppi

Primary: 8 Megapixels / Autofocus / LED flash / BSI
Front-facing: 1.9 Megapixels / BSI
Features: Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

Connectivity Bluetooth v4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE
USB 2.0 Host
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40
Wi-Fi Direct
Memory 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
microSD (up to 64GB)
Battery 3,100mAh
Dimensions / Weight 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4mm, 180g
Colors Marble White / Titanium Gray
Availability Starting from Oct 2012

The Samsung GALAXY Note II will be on display at the Samsung booth #20 at IFA 2012, 31 Aug through 5 Sep. Available in Marble White or Titanium Gray, the Galaxy Note II is set to launch in October starting in major European, Asian, and Middle East markets. There's no word on pricing for our local market yet but it's likely to be in the range of US$800 without contract.

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