The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a device that is rumored to be replacing the original 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note phablet in just a few days. And while we have already examined the Galaxy Note 2 release date, it’s time to take a closer look at the Galaxy Note 2 itself.
Samsung has announced an event for August 15th in the United States, an event that is rumored to be a launching pad for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone.
While that has not yet been confirmed, it seems likely given that multiple sources have stated that that is the case and because the device has leaked out many times over the past couple of months leaving little to the imagination.
We have already taken a look at what to expect and what not expect from the Galaxy Note 2 release date and now it’s time to take a look at what to expect from the features of the Galaxy Note 2.
Samsung has yet to confirm any of the specifications but already have a pretty good idea about what is going to make up the Galaxy Note 2 when it finally arrives on shelves sometime later this year.
Here is what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features.
The last version of the Samsung Galaxy Note, at least the variant for AT&T, boasted 4G LTE data speeds. We expect no different from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
4G LTE has quickly replaced both 3G and 4G HSPA+ and 4G WiMax as the network type favored by American carriers. Carriers want customers to get off of their aging networks and onto their new ones and one way of doing that is by offering a wide choice of 4G LTE smartphones.
In fact, carriers that have 4G LTE networks only offer high-end 4G LTE smartphones.
This is not a bad thing at all. The Galaxy Note 2, should it have 4G LTE data capabilities, will be able to pull down data speeds that can reach up to 10 times faster than those found on normal 3G.
And for a device that is both a tablet and a phone, 4G LTE will only add to the device’s productivity value.
Don’t expect anything less than 4G LTE from the Galaxy Note 2, at least here in the U.S.
One of the staples of the original Galaxy Note was its massive 5.3-inch display. Part smartphone, part tablet, it was the first smartphone to fill this niche well. Sorry, the Dell Streak does not count.
Expect no different from the Galaxy Note. In fact, as of now, consumers should expect the Galaxy Note 2 to have an even bigger screen as whispers have pointed to the Galaxy Note 2 as having a 5.5-inch display instead of the original 5.3-inches.
Whatever the case, the Galaxy Note 2 will have a large display that will come in handy for watching videos and using the devices S-Pen stylus.
Better Screen Resolution
High-end Android smartphones in 2012 generally come with a high-resolution display checking in with 720p resolution. The last Galaxy Note did not have HD resolution and it’s safe to assume that the Galaxy Note 2 will follow this year’s trend.
Benchmarks have seemingly confirmed this as the device is rumored to use a 5.5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution.
This is what interested parties should expect from the Galaxy Note 2. There is no way that Samsung, who is a leading display manufacturer, leaves an HD display off of this device.
While the Galaxy Note 2 processor may not end up being the 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 that we’ve heard about, consumers should expect the device to feature an extremely fast processor.
Benchmarks have shown a Exynos 4412 processor and we know Samsung released a quad-core 4G LTE device in Korea, so it’s possible that the Galaxy Note 2 could be the first quad-core 4G LTE device in the United States.
The original had a dual-core processor on board clocked at 1.4GHz and we expect Samsung to pack something even more impressive inside the Galaxy Note 2 to better handle the Android software on board.
The camera on the original Samsung Galaxy Note was only mediocre. With the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung really showed that it was interested in providing a great camera experience for its customers and we expect it to do the same with the Galaxy Note 2.
Rumors already peg the camera on the Galaxy Note 2 as either 12MP or 13MP and it’s possible that Samsung will include some of the camera software that it included along with the Galaxy S III.
Whatever the case may be, this is an area that Samsung needed to improve on with the Galaxy Note 2 and we expect that it did so.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
At the very least the Galaxy Note 2 will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board, benchmarks have alluded to this, but it would be silly not to see the phone launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s new piece of mobile software.
If true, the Galaxy Note 2 would come with all of Android’s latest features including Google Now, re-sizable widgets, customizable Notifications, offline Voice dictation, a smoother UI, and more.
Of course, the Galaxy Note 2 is a tricky device considering its size and the fact that it employs a stylus, so it’s possible that it may come with Android 4.0 at the start.