Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Note II at IFA 2012 in Berlin today. Samsung’s new phablet is a follow-on to the original Galaxy Note, which was introduced at IFA 2011 and went on to exceed many analysts’ sales expectations.
The design of the Galaxy S III, as expected, resembles a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone that launched in May of this year. With its rounded edges and single navigation button, it truly is a larger version of the iconic smartphone.
For those that like big screen smartphones, the Galaxy Note II is a device that should be on the radar. It features an enormous 5.5″ display, which is slightly larger than the 5.3″ display found on the original Galaxy Note.
The Galaxy Note II’s 5.5-inch display is going to feature 1280x720p resolution which will allow for the device to offer a 16:9 aspect ratio. It does, however, possess a lesser resolution than the original Galaxy Note which featured a 1280×800 display.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note II is going to feature an upgraded processor, featuring a quad-core Exynos CPU that is clocked at a blistering 1.6GHz. In addition, it will offer 2GB of RAM.
Camera-wise, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note features an 8MP camera in the rear and a 1.9MP camera in the front that can be used for video chatting purposes.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be coming with a massive battery, checking in at a whopping 3,100 mAh. The previous model only held a 2,500 mAh battery making this is a substantial upgrade. Samsung also managed to slim down the Galaxy Note II despite the large battery. While the original was 9.65mm, the new Galaxy Note checks in at 9.4mm in size.
It will be coming in three storage configurations and in two colors. The Galaxy Note II will feature 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models and it will come in white and blue at launch.
The Galaxy Note II also features a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
As for connectivity, the device offers both HSPA+ 21 and 4G LTE support which means Galaxy Note II owners in the U.S. will likely be able to pull down data speeds that can reach up to 10 times faster than normal 3G.
From a software standpoint, the Galaxy Note II will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX. And, as expected, there will be apps that take advantage of the Galaxy Note II’s S-Pen which has been redesigned.
Samsung has redesigned the S-Pen and it’s now taller and thicker than the original stylus. It also features a new rubber tip.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available later this year, though Samsung is remaining coy about a specific release date in the United States or anywhere else.
October was whispered to be the European release date though that remains unconfirmed at this time.
We’ll update this with additional information when it arrives.