Samsung announces Galaxy Note II with Jelly Bean and many S Pen improvements

Daniel Bader

August 29, 2012 1:37pm

The Galaxy Note II is official. Though it leaked earlier this morning, there are some things that were not touched upon, especially in terms of software.

The Note II has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 16:9 ratio — 1280×720 pixels as opposed to 1280×800 from the original — and a 1.6Ghz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera and 3100mAh battery. Unfortunately the screen has not been upgraded from the original Galaxy Note; this is still PenTile-based, and therefore not as clear or sharp as a screen with a full RGB palette.  It seems that Samsung has made improvements to the screen technology, eliminating PenTile but not quite upgrading to a full RGB palette. We’ll get more into this as we get closer to launch.

It will be available in two colours (at launch): Mountain White and Titanium Gray. There will be three size tiers as well: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, but all three will have expandable storage via microSD. Of course, NFC will be included in the massive battery, like in the Galaxy S III.

But the new software is the big feature here. The device may look like the Galaxy S III, but the S Pen fits into the body of the phone and there are a few new features worth noting:

Air View – Hovering the S Pen over emails, S Planner, an image or video allows the user to quickly preview content without actually having to open it
Popup Note – Pulling the S Pen out during a call automatically opens a new note for quickly jotting down notes
Quick Command – Using the S Pen, you can quickly and easily open frequented applications
Easy Clip – Pressing the button on the S Pen users can quickly outline and crop any content to edit and paste elsewhere
Idea Vizualizer – In S Note, users can insert illustrated images using handwritten keywords

It is coming in October this year in Europe and Asia, and North America later in the year. We’re verifying specifics from Samsung now and will update the post when available.

  • mrnote

    BEST PHONE OF 2012 HANDS DOWN. pass on the iphone 5

  • Preston

    I know what I want for christmas

  • brunes

    What are the bands??? We desperatley need a quad-core pentaband phone.

  • :)

    I wish Mobilicity can have Galaxy Note 2 !

    • Yes

      Yes. I hope Mobilicity and Wind get this phone. Zero interest in the iphone.

    • Cool

      They should! samsung did a good job with realeasing s3 on all carrier i dont see why they wouldnt do it this time too. Most important is motherboard and modem if its same as gs3 then it will be on wind and mobilicity.

  • Pieqib

    BB10 has hexacore n styliss functons

  • mike Neufeld

    What an AMAZING Monster of a device!!! Best mobile Device made to date, IMO… Good job Samsung!

  • Paulman

    How can it not have full RGB pixels?…

  • EvanKr

    PLEASE be pentaband like the original! I’d love to see this on WIND!

  • 45

    The features with the pen are really cool. The thing is too big for me to ever want to use as a day to day phone, but the features sure do sound amazing.

  • Vengefulspirit99

    tbh anything under 7 inches should be 720p max. anything above that is a waste

    • 45

      that’s what she said

  • I eat apples.

    Looks too much like an iPhone with the curve edges…

    Will Apple block this phone?

  • pats

    same phone just new pen features.

  • kris

    if you watch engadgets hands on the samsung rep says super amoled plus which would be mean rgb well wait and see

  • Jesso2k

    I just got another battery and new otterbox case for my GNote so I’m all in. I will say I’m crazy jelly though. If I can sell this baby for at least half the cost I the new phone I will definitely consider it.

  • Scott

    Wow, some cool ideas here with the S pen. Some of those new features could be pretty useful. I’ve got one of the original Notes and it’s a great phone, too bad I can’t afford to upgrade right now…

  • Mike

    I want this in black

  • andrich

    I want one now with 64GB.

  • aviking

    I hope this means that the sgIII with be getting its JB upgrade sooner than later.

  • Ryan

    I would love one. I only wish they’ll launch it on as many carriers as possible — just like the SIII.

    MobileSyrup, please find out a Canadian release date! I believe in you!

  • nextgenprocessorpls

    i like it, but where is the cortex A15!?!??! this makes me sad

  • Dewey

    Does it have a microSD slot still?

  • S2556

    Samsung is doing all the right things in 2012

    • Tim

      Beside losing a lawsuit lol. Otherwise, I agree. Love my S3.

  • SuperPinkSox

    Does anyone know if Bell Mobility will be carrying the Note 2?

    *Via Galaxy Note l717M*

  • Eric

    sooo…nothing really new…just a bigger version of an S3 with worse screen screen resolution. They increased the size of the screen but didn’t increase the pixel density? LAME