Samsung’s Galaxy Note was the first device to cross over into ‘phablet’ territory with its 5.3 inch display and built-in Wacom digitizer and stylus. There were plenty of detractors of the gargantuan phone, but it sold over 10 million devices in 9 months–running Gingerbread and a relatively older dual core SoC. Enter the Galaxy Note II, revealed today at IFA Berlin:
At first glance the Galaxy Note II looks a lot like the Galaxy Note I, and at second glance it looks a lot like the Galaxy S III. Overall, I think the new Galaxy Note’s design is a welcome upgrade–the physical home button is a welcome addition, and the Galaxy S III design aesthetic gives the Galaxy Note a more premium feel:
With the external facelift comes a substantial bump in the internal hardware as well. Like the Galaxy S III, the Note II will come in one of 3 sizes (16GB, 32GB or 64GB), along with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, and enlarged 5.5-inch, 1280×800 display. The new display gets a .2-inch increase in size, and abandons the PenTile array for something more closely resembling a true RGB strip subpixel arrangement:
Samsung also did us a favor by throwing in a 3100mAh battery–for those of you keeping track, that’s 600 more mAh than the old one, which should be more than enough to cover the extra screen size and processing power. Last but not least, the built-in stylus has been re-engineered to be more ergonomic, making it longer and flatter while still neatly stowing away. Samsung complements the hardware upgrades with a bunch of new software features catered specifically to the Galaxy Note II:
- Air View: When hovering the S Pen 10mm~ above the sreen, the phone recognizes and reacts by launching a small preview of the onscreen item you are hovering over, i.e. pictures in an album will be displayed as a small window instead of being opened in a new window
- Screen Recorder: does exactly what it describes, recording your oncscreen activity so that it can be saved or shared.
- Pop-up Play: is essentially picture-in-picture for your Galaxy Note II. You can play local videos in a windowed overlay–it differs from the Galaxy S III version in that the window is now resizable.
- Best Faces & Photo Note: are camera features that lets you take the best faces from multiple pictures and create a composite image or write a handwritten note on the back of a picture
With all these new features on both the hardware and software front, Samsung can expect a strong following to adopt the phablet form factor. Are you guys interested? This is definitely much more desirable for me than the original Galaxy Note, but only if it comes out before the holidays. Let us know in the comments below!
Via The Verge