Last Updated: October 5th, 2012

Samsung has really been talking up the Note II lately. For good reason, too - it looks pretty amazing. While they have already showed off some of its more notable features, a new video of the Korean version is now available on YouTube highlighting a few features that we haven't seen before, like multi-window. Start around the two-minute mark below to catch it in action.

Pretty amazing, no? It's like they took everything Ron hated about the Note 10.1's "multitasking" feature and fixed it. They split-screen several different apps here - some proprietary, some not. GTalk makes an appearance (including a video-chat no less), as well as S Note, the stock browser, messaging, and a few more. It looks like they've done a really nice job here with the execution, so we're really hoping that the actual use is as smooth and seamless as it is in the video.

As I said, this is the Korean variant of the device, but there's no reason to think they'd drop this feature in the US version. I am suddenly even more excited about the Note II than ever before.

Update: Here's a "real world" look at the feature. Looks just as seamless as it does in the demo video!

[Thanks, Salman!]

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.

  • IncCo

    NICE !

  • Bariman43

    I... wow, honestly, I'm seriously impressed. No Apple jokes this time, that's seriously really cool.

  • bunnybash

    That makes me almost resent my GS3

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Олег-Цой/100002515142603 Олег Цой

    Hope I can sale my Note to get new one.

  • Lien Wee Hoo

    At 5:12 minute, the video capturing mode at various speed is new.

  • Minerva Banayos

    Damn! That's awesome! I just bought my S3....how i wish they will let me exchange!....ahhhhhhh

  • KB26

    How the heck do people still buy iPhone? I mean, really, the only thing making iPhone "better" is the aluminum build, and we've all seen that it is scratched easily.

    • Harrison King

      Really? The ONLY thing? Nothing about the bigger screen, thinner profile, faster internals? I can understand you saying its not revolutionary or anything, but there WAS a lot that was upgraded....

      • KB26

        I was talking about iPhone 5 vs sgs3 . -_-

        • Harrison King

          Gotcha now

      • http://www.facebook.com/paruhang.chamling Paruhang Chamling

        Of course it will be better than it's older version. It is nowhere in competition compared to flagship devices from many android devices though.

      • ari_free

        Bigger screen? It is still smaller than most budget phones

  • mos948

    I've tested both phones iPhone 5 and gs3 both phones are great but gs3 is better

  • ari_free

    Now this is what a custom OEM Android should look like.

    • http://richworks.in Richie

      This is how a custom OEM Android should work like(they can certainly make it look better) :) Samsung have really taking it up a notch in the innovation department with the Note II

      • ari_free

        It looks pretty good. To be honest, I don't really care much for Holo. It looks very plain and cold. I just want it for consistency so that anyone can figure out how any app will work.
        I want to be able to use my own theme and fonts, like in Window Blinds.

        • http://richworks.in Richie

          I actually meant the same thing. They need to maintain uniformity in the overall design. The Holo UI would be a great start. There is no need to imitate the stock look. Let Samsung keep their green-ish design so that people can relate it to Touchwiz but the UI needs to be consistent and there are a lot of Holo based apps that look amazing.

  • ari_free

    The first real multitasking phone. When I first heard about Android's multitasking, I hoped it would be something like this and was a little disappointed when it could only show one app at a time. Widgets were the only way you could really see more than one app concept at a time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1056423537 Anthony V Cannata

    I can't wait!!!!

  • Aaron

    "Are you going party this Friday" haha :)

  • Hnt

    Wow amazing! !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Sunghwa-Woo/542631978 Ray Sunghwa Woo

    The multitasking ability and the split window function and the photo app look really amazing. I think the screen is a little too big for making phone calls but I think it is the ideal size for playing games, watching movies, editing photos, browsing. I just need to get a pair of new jeans or pants that have bigger pockets.

    I have TF Prime thanks to AP, but I couldn't get the docking keyboard (I truly believe that I have to have a keyboard for the ultimate experience) since I'm broke. I find it difficult for reading or playing games because of its size because of the fact that you have to hold the device with two hands. But with the Note 2, you can still hold it in one hand and do all of the stuff, and it can still be carried in your pocket.

    • fadilkarim

      You really don't need jeans with bigger pockets. I have the original note, and the phone fits in my skinny jeans just fine. Unless ur jeans are skin tight..

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    I'm highly sceptical. We'll see. It looks awesome, though.

    • fixxmyhead

      sorry ron but the new touchwiz beats stock. stock is just plain and boring thats why its stock with no features

    • PhilNelwyn

      Yeah, this is an ad, they're not gonna make it lag...
      And you clearly see that the video-chat is made up, neither of the two looks like holding a phone.

      • Raymond

        It does not lag at all. Seriously, it is faster than any phone i have used, including the sacred iPhone 5. My

        • PhilNelwyn

          I'm not talking about the phone, but the multi window feature.
          Ron explained, in the Galaxy Note 10.1 review, that when switching from the app on one part of the screen to the other, there was an annoying delay that ruined the experience.
          And I'm not saying that they didn't improved it either, just that the video is not a proof at all.

          • ari_free

            Well, now you know why we need multi-cores on a phone :)

  • Despyse

    Hope some of these features come in Jelly Bean for the 10.1. Either way, I will be getting this phone along of my tablet!

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    Damn. Im gonna be spoiled for choice when I can get an upgrade on my contract in the new year.

    Note 2 if I go big, whatever HTC produce as the new One S2 if I go small and whatever Nexus is released if I go for the middle. And that is just stuff either announced or wholly expected.

  • http://www.facebook.com/airbornemist6 William Rodriguez

    Now all they need to do is drop S-voice and go straight gNow

    • PhilNelwyn

      S-voice and Google Now can coexist, they're not the same kind of app.
      You're mixing up Google Now and Google Voice Search.

    • ari_free

      Wouldn't s-voice be better for local things such as making appointments and calling contacts? Google Now seems to be more about what's outside your world, on the big internet

    • rkfchong

      The S-voice has additional feature. It allows you to use the S-Pen as supplement

  • http://twitter.com/PhreshPrinceJay PhreshPrinceJay

    Pretty much shit on iPhone 5

  • providence0326

    there's a video demoing the multitasking on an actual phone (as opposed to simulation). It seems to look fine so far, not really laggy or anything.

    • PhilNelwyn

      He doesn't actually use the apps he opens in multi window mode though.

  • ksk

    Just don't let Ron make a review of it!
    If you don't know what I am referring to read his SGN 10 review and then jump over to xda and see how real users feel about the device

    • sinner

      Yeah, Ron obviously didn't see it coming, didn't see where Samsung is heading to. You need to have a sense for innovation and not just trash everything that's not exactely how YOU feel things have to be. LOL

    • Himmat Singh

      Exactly. I personally used the Note 10.1 for two whole weeks. It is better than my quad-core A510 running almost stock Android in every way. The multitasking feature was useful and never experienced any issues. Their floating apps have greater selection compared to what they had with the Tab 10.1. The Note 10.1 is seriously the best tablet for performance out there, despite running Touchwiz. Btw, the 2GB RAM compensates for this. Left idle, the device can be running over 1GB of RAM....which is insane basically.

      The one and only criticism I can agree with from Ron's review is the tab's plastic bag. Like he says, I can feel it wisting and turning - not cool Samsung.

      PS: Judging by what Samsung's doing with their brand of Android (read: innovating), I won't be surprised to see them leave the OHA and start their own fork. They just need to work on the Samsung Apps store - everything else is in place already.

  • jeffrey beck

    Wow.... That is amazing I'm a T-Mo employee and I just decided on my next phone.

  • ari_free

    I saw the video from August and they've definitely added more stuff such as the multiview UI

  • iWolves

    Seems like the multi-window thing is only on the Korean version. My Hong Kong version does not have it.

    • ari_free

      I was just about to ask about that. It's just software so why not give it to everyone?

  • bungadudu

    I want this to come to the S3!

  • joker159

    WOOOOOOOOwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww !

  • froggyperson

    seriously thinking about selling my gs3 for this...that stylus functionality is freaking awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

    Now all they need to do is make it follow stock android's UI guidelines and we might have a winner

  • aplusjimages

    Hopefully someone will port the multi window to an app.

    • ari_free

      The entire system needs to support this. We really don't know from the videos which apps will work

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    I had an original Note and it was superb, although ICS slowed it down a bit so I'm waiting for the 2. Anyway, although this Note 2 video is very inspiring, and this is an issue that Google are responsible for really, there needs to be a content sharing eco system. Where are all those stylus scribbled & typed notes, drawings, photos, video clips etc stored? In Samsung's proprietary cloud? Picasa? GDrive? What happens if one switches to a PC, Mac, Chromebook or other device? Is the content still accessible?

    This issue is key if otherwise brilliantly designed apps are to be taken seriously by power users and companies. If a designer at an agency has a Note, but the agency runs on Macs, as most do, they will want to be able to edit the content on Adobe apps too.

    On a lighter note (no pun intended!), I'm willing to bet that happy happy sound track was all composed using one of those Casio or Yamaha home keyboards with auto rhythm effects. The one finger orchestra!

    • Raymond

      Notes can be synced in Samsung's cloud, or you could use the sharing method to Evernote. Furthermore, this Note comes with 50g free Dropbox which syncs with Samsung's cloud via CloudAgent

      • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

        Ah, ok, cool, thanks.

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    That song was AWESOME

  • http://www.facebook.com/artyte Kai Sheng

    I've discussed this before with my friends about the ability for mobile devices to multitask with multiple apps running visually at the same time.

    The first method, which is the most commonly used method, is split screen. But due to screen size constraints, most smartphones cannot execute such a method with ease considering that you have to frequently bring up the virtual keyboard which blocks out about half of the screen. So how is the other half going to accomdate multiple apps running simultaneously (or at least 2)?

    The second method is transparency (recently employed in the LG Optimus G). This is visually more viable than split screen as you don't have to worry about the virtual keyboard blocking half of the screen. However, the disadvantage comes when graphics are the least contrasting, which results in blended colours that changes content.

    The split screen is employed in note 2, which is useful but its usefulness could be extended if combined with transparency. Ultimately, we just have to see how Samsung innovates visual multitasking on a mobile device. I'm interested to see how this technology progresses.

  • coversnails

    Wasn't cyanogenmod supposed to be integrating this sort of multitasking by using Cornerstone? That was news everywhere at one point but nothing ever seemed to happen.

  • Mohammed Aldakmary

    Just got the Note II in UK.. It doesn't have the multi-tasking feature!!!!

  • Ittiam

    Awesome... This is real innovation... Note 2 is the only meaningful non-nexus phone to buy...

  • Raymond

    I took my benchmark score. Geek bench = 2400, Quadrant = 6000

  • Daniel Wiggins

    Too bad it is all CGI and no shot of an actual phablet doing anything.

  • Himmat Singh

    Might I ask, why can't Google just integrate something like this into Android natively? I've used the Note 10.1 and I think both the multitask and mini apps adds productivity by a lot. If Samsung can do it rather well, I'm sure Google can do 10x better.

    • ari_free

      They need the vision. When I first heard of Android and its multitasking, I thought it would be something like this, especially for tablets. Big disappointment when it wasn't.

      Multi-window can kill ios because ios apps must be pixel perfect. When they come out with an iphone with a bigger screen, developers can eventually adapt to that new size by designing specifically for it (or letterboxing) but they'll get screwed once the user wants to dynamically resize a window.

      • rkfchong

        iPhones can never be multitasking because doing so, their phones or tablets will start to lag and become unstable, and the only advantage it has over Android will be lost.

        • ari_free

          Maybe they can optimize the OS but it's always a challenge for them to adapt to a new screen size. It took so long just to bump up to 4" and that required letterboxing.

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      I would be shocked if they dont bake it into Key Lime Pie next year (no pun).

    • coversnails

      Samsung have probably patented it.

    • KyleRay

      These are Exclusive features of ARM Exynos. Only chip out so far with support for multi-screen feature both on and off the device. It's most likely tied to their PiP and Pop technology on TV's!

      Although first Exynos chip had this feature, they needed greater bandwidth, more memory (2GB) and SoC multi-port feature control in the OS. That they got with ICS. Next comes a touch screen interface that was switchable for Galaxy Note line. That they got an exclusive on too with Wacom's Dual Mode Digitizer. Meaning you can use just the Stylus or just the Touch interface. That way any accidental finger touches are not sensed and that also enables hover mode for the stylus. You couldn't just use any old capacitive stylus for this either! .....has to be Wacom Dual Mode design.

      So consider this; just like your PiP and PoP features on your TV, you must have a screen capable of two inputs and for that you must have two outputs off the soc. So without all these things incorporated into the complete design, you can't do this just with latest Android OS. It has to have the hardware to go with it!

  • Ronald

    Now pass the multi window to tablets and I'd really consider getting one.

    • PhilNelwyn

      Get the Galaxy Note 10.1 then.

  • freppy

    Sadly the multi-window feature is not available (yet) in the UK variant of the note2.

  • master94

    I see the Future. Apple steals multi-window feature and implements it, Everyone will think Apple invented it and it will be magical and Apple will get Lucy Koh to ban this and every Samsung phone.

  • PhilNelwyn

    Is this update a joke?
    All you see him doing in the new video is putting apps in multi windows mode, but he doesn't use it.
    Actually, the only app he seems to try is the note app, and it looks like it doesn't work, as if the focus was still on the browser...
    And why don't you mention the fact that some people are saying that their version of the Note II doesn't have this feature? That would be worth an update.

  • oneillperson

    This phone has Gangnam style!!!
    (6:40 in the first video)

  • oneillperson

    This phone has Gangnam style!!
    (6:40 in the first video)

  • pimpslap

    That music made me want to kill myself

  • KyleRay

    That was a great video from the Korean (Salman). He really showed off the features quite well. Looks like the some great stuff has been hidden in Exynos that took the Quadcore and Wacom Dual Mode Digitizer to bring out.

    Really glad you got the call on this.... Cameron. Ron Amadeo should really think about going to the Dark Side of the Freaking Moon. If he hates Samsung so much, along with being so ignorant of Technology that he can pull what he did on Galaxy Note 10.1 (screaming, rolling & kicking on the floor), he should really seek being straight jacketed behind closed doors in a professional mental institution, so he doesn't harm himself or other!

    So why try to defend him? That will only make you look bad and Android Police has already taken a huge hit for allowing him put out that trash on Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the first place. All the rest of the writers here don't deserve that. Since all CrAppleholics now love him so much let him go to work for CrApple or MicroCrApple. I'm sure Dr Evil and MicroMe would love him! ;-P

    • KyleRay

      From the minuses, I take it some iDiots took an affront to me liking Samsung products and hating on Ron. I say, Apple sells subversion of the masses by it's Puppet Masters. Is Ron one? I don't think so. But.. the Corporate Thugs that run companies these days love keeping, not only their Own half witted users locked inside their Garden Walled Prisons, but the competition's users ill informed on their Freedoms of Choices Outside those groomed Garden Walls!

      Google doesn't just THINK DIFFERENT... they are DIFFERENT.... and that's what scares the Leaders of these other companies to DEATH. Google has found a way to get what they want, by giving US what we WANT..... FIRST! ....amazing concept that! lol... Who'd ever think that giving consumers more CHOICE, would ever work in a Capitalist Society? haha... Apple Loves that a few got it all wrong and now have them unwittingly working for them. Even though they haven't joined their Cultural iRevolution of Mao Suiters wearing IBleed 6 Colors of CrApple Owning iOS Hardware!

      But Real Innovators never play it safe sitting back in their Corporate Ivory Towers. They know True Innovation Comes.... when you put the right combination of Tools and Freedom into the hands of consumers to CREATE for themselves! .....to not just Think Different.... but BE DIFFERENT! .....and that's what SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE II GIVES US WITH ANDROID! Freedom of Choice to Create as we see fit, with what We Own.... NOT THEM!!!

      The difference between the Android Powered Galaxy Note II and the Apple iPhone 5 can be summed up in a single phrase. "The Pens of the Many are Mightier Than the Swords of the Few"! ...it's all about OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE..... against the Perverted Subversion of the Masses by the Apple Corp Puppet iMaster Baiters!

      I don't really dislike Ron though. I just don't like that he's being unwittingly used by Apple's Shill Army to KILL what Google ANDROID Gives Us!
      When he realizes that.... he and the ANDROID Community of Consumers will be a whole lot better off!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Sunghwa-Woo/542631978 Ray Sunghwa Woo

    This device can be 'PERFECT' by adding a true 1080p screen.

  • 4st3risk

    Not available to non-Korean Note 2s.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Updated the post with the English version of the video that just came out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr2g_aJQzQk

  • AK47

    Does anyone know if these features are possible with the North American Version? I removed the S Pen and held the back button down and the device did not respond with anything let alone bringing the side task bar up

  • AK47

    I tried to duplicate the actions on the video and it seems the North American version doesn't allow for the side bar to apprear after holding the back button down

  • spydie

    half of this stuff isn't available on the US version, no s-planner, no playing videos by hovering over them, etc. What a big disappointment in my tmobile Note 2