August 29, 2012, 2:30 P.M. New York local time — Samsung unveils the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, an Android Jelly Bean mobile operating system, improved processor, HD touchscreen display and Galaxy S3-like design.
The long wait is finally over, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 joins the “official-dom” today. The new Samsung Android smartphone was unveiled today at the pre-IFA 2012 Samsung Mobile event in Berlin, Germany. Unsurprisingly, Samsung is calling the Galaxy Note 2 the “most powerful smartphone” yet, whilst adding that it will “spark everyone’s creative inspirations.”
Similar to last year’s Galaxy Note, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 takes advantage of the Android ecosystem whilst adding additional features that a stylus pen can give. Bundled with the latest version of Android, the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 mobile operating system, Samsung’s S Pen ecosystem is included with some third-party apps support that automatically appears after a user pulls out the S-Pen from its compartment.
Also in tow are added software features which “enhances” the Android platform. Samsung explains in a press release:
“Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature enables users to quickly search and see more information in one view without screen transitions.
Thanks to the breadth of the GALAXY Note II’s amazing viewing experience, a feature called Popup Note extends the concept of Popup Play, which lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen. For example, when a user pulls out the S Pen during a phone call, the S Note application automatically pops up on the screen, allowing users to jot down a quick note.
In addition, the device’s new gesture pad feature, called Quick Command, lets users quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call, or search a location as they draw pre-registered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark to allow for quick and easy access.
Furthermore, users will be able to share their experiences with others quickly and easily using Screen Recorder. It allows users to record a whole sequence of actions taken on their screen — a demonstration of how to use an application, for example — and then share it with friends for comment, or just for fun.”
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos 4 processor and a powerful 2GB RAM. The new phone also sports a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD with 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
Competing with Motorola Mobility’s Droid RAZR Maxx, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 includes a large 3,100mAh battery which is capable of delivering longer talk and standby time and supports longer 3G or WiFi web browsing and gaming.
Other features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are: 8-megapixel back-facing camera and front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3; Bluetooth 4.0; Near Field Communication or NFC; WiFi and WiFi direct; mHL; TouchWiz with Nature UX skin.
According to JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will arrive in October 2012 and it will support 3G, HSPA+ and finally, Long Term Evolution. We’ve also been told by sources that Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile USA will offer the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
For Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will support Long Term Evolution while T-Mobile USA’s Galaxy Note 2 is reportedly with 3G HSPA+. The source adds that the LTE Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for the United States market will arrive by the end of October.
Other countries, including the United Kingdom, will receive the HSPA+ unlocked Samsung Note 2 beginning October 1st to October 12th.
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