Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks like a worthy successor

first_imgIt has been one year since Samsung took to the stage at IFA and announced the original Galaxy Note%displayPrice% at %seller%. The phone was a massive device in a world already filled with phones that were considered too big. Packing a stylus and some Wacom technology to help you use it, the Note was a great first try at filling the niche of users who want a tablet and a phone in one device. IFA is back, and so is Samsung to deliver the sequel to the epic-sized smartphone, the Galaxy Note 2.As hard as it might seem to upstage Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S3, there’s a lot of goodness in the Note 2. Underneath the massive 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen is an unnamed 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor. Since this device can support HSPA+ or LTE, I’m going to take a not so wild guess and say it is packing the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. The Note 2 is also packing an 8mp rear camera and 1.9mp front facing camera, and all of this is powered by a 3100mAh battery. There will be 16, 32, and 64GB storage options, and combined with the removable microSD slot the Note 2 will have a theoretical maximum of 96 gb of storage.Since it is a Note, the device will be coming with an all new stylus. Samsung promises the new stylus will be more durable, longer, and all around easier to use than the original Note. Samsung has included gesture actions through the S Pen with Quick Command, and is enabling Wacom-style features like the ability to hover over an item with your pen to get a response. Air View will allow users to preview content in things like emails just by hovering the pen over the content. Finally, any time you remove the S Pen from its holser you will start Popup Note, which will allow you to quickly take notes without leaving the screen you are on.The new Note features will be neatly tied in to Android 4.1 with TouchWiz. Samsung’s version of Android 4.1 promises to have some improvements over some of their current offerings, like the Best Faces image recognition tool. Even more fun will be the Screen Recorder tool, which will enable users to record the screen as they complete tasks and then share them. Based on what we have seen, the UI for the Note 2 will look and feel very much like the Galaxy S3, with all of the Android 4.1 bits sewn in.Samsung plans to release the Note 2 in white and silver, and will be available in October internationally. There was no mention of a US launch at this time, which could point to a separate US launch event at a later date. Curiously, there was no mention of NFC on the Galaxy Note 2. NFC, and the featured that go along with that tech are included in the device specs, but Samsung isn’t talking about it. Samsung has seen great success with NFC in the Galaxy S3, but as you may recall their use of NFC in the Galaxy Note was not such a smooth operation. Any way you look at it, Samsung is ready to deliver another impressively massive phone with the Galaxy Note 2.last_img

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