Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Launched With 5.5-inch HD Display And Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


29.08.2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Launched With 5.5-inch HD Display And Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is finally here. The new phablet is probably one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, but now we got to see it in flesh at Samsung’s Unpacked event within IFA 2012.

Early rumors were indicating that the South Korea-based company will present the successor of Galaxy Note at IFA Berlin event. Samsung decided to showcase the giant smartphone into a separate event within IFA 2012, named Samsung Unpacked, in an attempt to get the media and consumers focus exclusively on their device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is introduced about one year after the first Samsung phablet have seen the light of day, in September 2011, at IFA Berlin consumer electronics show.

Samsung have recently announced that more than 10 million Samsung Galaxy Note units have been shipped world wide, thus the big Note has become one of the most important smartphones in the company’s portfolio. Therefore, developing a successor for their phablet can be considered the right move for the company.

Moreover, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 arrive just in time for the battle against Apple and its yet-unannounced iPhone 5. We all are aware of the rivalry between Apple and Samsung and the battle between the two company’s flagship smartphones. Well, this year, the iPhone 5 will have two withstand the power of two amazing Samsung smartphones instead of one: Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

But enough with the chitchat and let’s have a look at Samsung Galaxy Note 2′s technical specifications and design.

Just like the international tech press have anticipated the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is borrowing the design language of the already-popular Samsung Galaxy S3, promoting the same “inspired by nature” looks. Two body colors will be available for Galaxy Note, the familiar Marble White and the new Titanium Gray, most likely followed by other colors, like it recently happened with Galaxy S3.

There were voices saying that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will come with a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz, and it seems that the rumors were true. The Exynos 4 Quad is one of the best chipsets on the market and Samsung knows that. Therefore, the engineers of the South Korean company have fitted an Exynos 4412 chipset inside the Note 2, based on four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and helped by a Mali-400MP GPU.

The display is probably the most attractive feature of the Galaxy Note 2. Coming with a screen slightly bigger than its predecessor’s, the new Samsung phablet sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio, and protected against scratches by a Gorilla Glass 2 layer.

The biggest surprise inside Samsung Galaxy Note 2′s case are the 2 GB of RAM. The device also comes with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage with support for microSD card, plus all the connectivity features worthy of a true smartphone: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC chip and 4G LTE support.

The back lid of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 accomodates an 8 megapixel camera with Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization and, of course, support for full HD video capture.

When Galaxy Note was introduced back in September 2011, everyone wondered why a smartphone that sports a capacitive touch screen display would ever need a stylus. Note’s S-Pen proved that its more than a stylus and that it comes in handy each time you want to perform more complex actions in one of the apps of the Premium Suite Package. Galaxy Note 2 has an S-Pen of its own, a newer one, integrated with new features, thus you will be able to pull it out of the special whole on the bottom of the device anytime you want, and mess around with it on the 5.5-inch display.

Even though there were some voices saying that it would be foolish for Samsung to launch a high-end Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered smartphone soon after the debut of Samsung Galaxy S3 flagship, as it would seriously harm the flagship’s sales, it looks like the Seoul-based phone maker is not afraid, and pre-loaded the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the latest firmware version of Google’s mobile operating system. In order to somehow balance the situation, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S3 will start rolling out as of today.

Since Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, it also comes with all the new features of the new version of the mobile operating system, like Project Butter, the new adjustable widgets, improved performance, and Google Chrome as default browser.

The new phablet comes with an bigger battery that promises even more battery life. If its predecessor packed a 2,500 mAh battery, the new Galaxy Note 2 will come with a 3,100 mAh unit. Note 2 is only 9.4 mm thin and weighs in only 180 grams.

The new and improved S-Pen that comes along with the new S-Pen that packs Air View technology, allowing the smartphone to provide you with various information by simply hovering it over certain objects, like showing the content of a certain memo or showing a thumbnail when hovered over the video icon, or the video’s timeline.

The “Seize the day with Magic Wand” is also a new feature that pops up all the S-Pen optimized applications as soon as you pull out the stylus. The Pop up Note feature also displays an S-Note page while you are in the middle of the call and pull out the S-Pen.

In order to improve the S-Pen apps ecosystem, the South Korea-based company also launched the S-Pen SDK 2 which will come in handy for the third-party app creators.

What’s interesting though, is that Samsung migrated all the motion control features of the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the new Galaxy Note 2, along with the controversial S-Voice personal assistant, a response to Apple’s Siri.

Therefore Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with Direct Call (calls the contact currently displayed on the screen once you hold the phone up to your ear), Smart Alert (helps you catch all the missed calls and messages by vibrating when you pick-up your phone from the table or pull it out of your pocked and you have unread notifications), Tap to top (allows you to go to the top of a list by double-tapping the top of the device), Smart Stay (disables screen dim if it detects that your eyes are watching the screen) and may other such goodies.

Summing up, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is like a Samsung Galaxy S3 on steroids, running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and coming with S-Pen. This can only be great news, as most of the tech blogs and publications are considering the Samsung Galaxy S3 the best smartphone around.


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