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While Samsung's Unpacked event may have just begun in Berlin, the Note II is already official. The leak from earlier today hit the nail on the head (we assumed it did).

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  • 5.5" 1280x720 Super AMOLED display
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor (likely Snapdragon S4 in US LTE models)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB storage, microSD Card slot
  • 8MP Rear shooter
  • 1.9MP Front camera
  • S Pen with S Note and S Planner
  • 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g
  • 3100mAh battery
  • Android 4.1
  • Available in Marble White or Titanium Gray

Aside from the upgrade in guts, Samsung also revamped the S Pen, making it a little thicker and more natural feeling for a better writing experience.

Like previously suggested, the Note II features Air View, a software modification that allows you to hover the S Pen atop certain elements and give you a snapshot of information without actually navigating away from the foreground application. The examples given were in S Calendar, the gallery, and video player. Like the Galaxy S III, the Note II will also feature the floating video player, as well as a floating note app for use with the S Pen.

The new features of the S Pen don't stop there, either. The Note II also has a really neat feature that allows users to "flip" their digital images and write on the backside of them. Just like with physical pictures! What a fantastic blend of modern and traditional.

The Note II will launch in "major European, Asian, and Middle East markets" beginning in October, with U.S. availability later this year.

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BERLIN, Germany - 29 August 2012 - At the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event held today at IFA, in Berlin, Samsung introduced the GALAXY Note II, a whole new level of innovation for the GALAXY Note category. The new Samsung GALAXY Note II enables unique experiences in personalized and expressive content creation, making it the ultimate smartphone for on-the-go creativity.

“Last year at IFA, we launched the GALAXY Note, which opened a new category of smart mobile devices. This year, again at IFA, I am proud to announce the GALAXY Note II, which will encourage users to 'unleash their inner creativity.’ With a perfect viewing experience and unique and differentiated features, users can discover information and capture their ideas faster, express thoughts freely and manage tasks more efficiently. For anyone who wants to be creative, expressive and unique, the Samsung GALAXY Note II will be the ideal device, allowing users to live a life extraordinary,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

Since the first introduction of the GALAXY Note category, Samsung has continued to enhance and expand the GALAXY Note product experiences. In May 2012, Samsung introduced ‘Premium Suite,’ a software upgrade which provided enhanced user experiences. With the Ice Cream Sandwich OS upgrade, Samsung offered innovative new features such as Shape Match and Formula Match, providing a new way for organizing and expressing ideas in their personal and professional life. Also in August, Samsung expanded the category further with the GALAXY Note 10.1, which has a 10.1-inch large screen, a Multiscreen feature for the ultimate multitasking, and enhanced features for users’ productivity, creativity and learning abilities. With further enhancements, Samsung GALAXY Note II will help users unleash their inner creativity by letting them discover information faster, capture ideas, and express them in a more organized and efficient manner.

Perfect viewing experience

The GALAXY Note II features a 5.5” (140.9mm) HD Super AMOLED screen, providing breathtaking visuals and crystal clear detail. Its 16:9 screen ratio ensures an immersive and enriched cinema-like video viewing experience, perfect for watching HD videos on-the-go. Its larger screen allows users to see content clearly and vividly, with much enhanced readability. In addition to the stunning content consumption experiences on a larger screen, users will also be able to accomplish more tasks efficiently and create content freely on-the-go, as the GALAXY Note II comes with a thinner and portable body.

Easy multitasking

Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature enables users to quickly search and see more information in one view without screen transitions.

Thanks to the breadth of the GALAXY Note II’s amazing viewing experience, a feature called Popup Note extends the concept of Popup Play, which lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen. For example, when a user pulls out the S Pen during a phone call, the S Note application automatically pops up on the screen, allowing users to jot down a quick note.

In addition, the device’s new gesture pad feature, called Quick Command, lets users 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 to allow for quick and easy access. 

Furthermore, users will be able to share their experiences with others quickly and easily using Screen Recorder. It allows users to record a whole sequence of actions taken on their screen — a demonstration of how to use an application, for example — and then share it with friends for comment, or just for fun.

Amazing expression tools - Advanced S Pen & S Note

The new S Pen is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Therefore, it provides a more precise, comfortable, and natural writing and drawing experience. 

The S Pen’s advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly, and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. By simply pressing the dedicated S Pen button, the S Pen magically recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content on the screen. The Easy Clip feature allows users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content through coloring, shading, or their own personal handwriting. It is quick and easy.

Another amazing expression feature called Idea Visualizer allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords on the S Note. It provides illustration images that match the handwritten keywords. It’s a fancy illustration match function that will allow users to express, organize and visualize ideas in a more innovative and creative way. Users can even customize and add in their own illustrations library.

Powerful Performance

Powering content creation, sharing and multitasking capabilities, the GALAXY Note II comes with the latest hardware technologies. A mighty 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus or 4G LTE connectivity delivers easy multitasking, lightning-fast screen transitions, powerful browser performance, and minimal app load time. The GALAXY Note II is powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. This brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search, to the GALAXY Note II. The memory options are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB with an expandable micro SD memory slot. Thanks to a 3,100mAh battery, users can enjoy multimedia content, always be productive on the go, and capture ideas whenever, wherever without suffering from power limitation. 

The GALAXY Note II comes with an 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera has great features like Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on the GALAXY S III earlier in the year. In addition to that, the GALAXY Note II features a unique camera function called Best Faces. Best Faces allows users to choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos. Users can also personalize photos by leaving handwritten notes on the backside of a photo using the S Pen. Handwritten Photo Notes can be shared with others in jpg format.

Available in Marble White or Titanium Gray color options, the Samsung GALAXY Note II is set to launch in October starting in major European, Asian, and Middle East markets. 

The Samsung GALAXY Note II will be on display at the Samsung booth # 20 at IFA 2012 from Aug 31 through Sep 5. 

Full details, video content and product images are available at 

Samsung’s IFA 2012 microsite: http://www.samsungifa2012.com or mobile site:m.samsungifa2012.com as well.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • PINJ

    The Resolutions Lower Than Before :(

    • Droid

      It's narrower that's why

      • DCMAKER

        which is worse for browsing th web which is my number one use on the go

  • Bala

    first :D

    • New_Guy


      • Bala

        jus for fun.. and ofcourse this is my first first post.. never trolled before lol ;)

    • Abhisshek Das

      what are you . 10 year old kid !!???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725171 Karthik Nayak


  • fixxmyhead

    samsung does it right. releases a flagship with the latest version unlike sony

    • Iucidium

      Covered in the shite known as TouchWiz (iOS8)

  • Andrew

    Have to say I'm very disappointed with the screen resolution. From a company which makes some of the best screens in the world it's embarrassingly low res for a display that size.

  • Mike Yost

    Those are some great specs! Would buy this phone in a heartbeat if I didn't have my Gnexus.

    • Iucidium

      It runs iOS8. Stay with vanilla JB

  • siypion

    sold! (goodbye epic 4g touch)

  • DroidUser

    How's the Google Now or Samsung Voice? NFC?

  • Iucidium

    I want to throw the Note 2 battery into my wife's Note

    • New_Guy

      Whoa now...we ARE talking about cell phones, right?

      • Iucidium

        Seek help. You may become a sexual predator.

        • New_Guy

          If you say so, man. Just making sure things were all Kosher around here...

    • Jay

      You're a gay.

      • Iucidium

        Why aren't you at the Paralympics?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

        Uraguay to you too.

  • IncCo

    Everything is great, except for the screen. Sure it is bigger.. but the resolution is lower than the last one.


      which makes it worse...it is already big enough...doesn't need to get bigger plus the lack of vertical pixels is a huge killer :/ screws productivity and web browsing :/

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    Forgive my language, but...

    Fuck. I want this phone.

    Let's see... whose grandmother should I sell...

  • anzensepp1987

    If it just wasn't that glossy like the S3. I want this phone with the touch of the HOX.

  • Tyler Jones

    I am disappointed by the screen. It seems to be on par but I would hope for an upgrade. It sounds like it is more refined and a lot more powerful. I would also love quad core and lte. I can't wait to upgrade my note

  • Vivek Kabra

    Why no Chic hairline metal finish love for android ?

  • Ryan Young

    and now we wait to find out if Sprint will pull their head out of their ass. End of the year for America. Fuck. My Epic4G is seriously out dated, but I want the Note(2) damn it!

    • Abhisshek Das

      now do you see how we feel about , Google Voice, Google Map Navigation, Google Wallet (NFC), nexus 7, Google TV etc . also Netflix and Pandora. :P

    • yarrellray

      Looks like you will be SWITCHING to either At&t and it's shared plans. Or Tmobileand it's unlimited data after September 5th. This will be coming to Tmobile and At&t then Sprint. Verizon won't be seeing this one since they need to have there exclusive 1080p phone which is supposed to be the Galaxy Note 2 competitor. Then they that great Lg Vu handset Verizon won't have time this year for any Note 2.

      • Ryan Young

        I'm going to go ahead and get a used Epic4GTouch on Swappa and save my contract upgrade until the note 2 Eventually makes it's way to Sprint. $200 mid range upgrade to wait in the interim. I'll probably not die.....maybe.

  • Jeff

    Is this using Super AMOLED +? RGB??

  • sky stanojevic

    awwww yeeaaaaa i want this badly.. and i want it even more if it can make its way to the dark side and see some big red ..possibly?..

  • snd

    and I. jizz. in my pants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GabrielHellsing Gabriel Hellsing

    Booyah! My contract for my Note expires in October. Winning! /gangnam-style-dance


    does it support UHS-1 speeds?

  • andrew__des_moines

    I love my wife's Note as does she. This will be my next phone come May.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    WHY DO WE HAVE TO BE STUCK WITH A DUAL CORE CHIP? Or why can't they make the Exynos compatible with our LTE bands?

  • eezapata

    S.D card?

  • spydie

    So what's all the talk about getting a dual-core snapdragon in the U.S. to get LTE? Samsung says "A mighty 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus or 4G LTE connectivity delivers easy multitasking" so that sounds like the quad-core can do LTE?

  • goo

    Get it before applesauce bans it!