Today at IFA in Berlin, Germany Samsung has finally and officially announced the Galaxy Note II. Samsung is trying to push the Note II as a “be creative” and “be expressive” device which could also be translated into “will be expensive.” What’s obvious is the selling point of this device is the S Pen that was featured with the Galaxy Note 10.1. This S Pen is now longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for a perfect grip. The dedicated S Pen button on the handset will allow the S Pen to “magically” recognize what users of the handset want to clip or edit. With Easy Clip consumers will be able to easily outline and crop any sort of content on the screen and share it with their friends and family. The Idea Visualizer allows consumers to easily add illustrations by simply handwriting some keywords with the S Pen. Like the Galaxy Note 10.1, when you pull the S Pen out of its holder, the handset will quickly launch the S Pen tools so that you can easily and quickly launch whatever application is needed.
One thing you’ll notice is that much like the Galaxy Note 10.1, multitasking is a huge asset with the Galaxy Note II. With Air View, consumers will be able to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having the need to open it. With Popup Note you’ll be able to open up an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the handset. What’s cool is that this can be done while you’re on a phone call or even watching a video to just throw down a quick note as a reminder for something later.
Another thing that’s new is a gesture pad feature that’s called Quick Command. This will allow users of the handset to quickly activate frequently used applications with the S Pen (sort of like you would find on the Transformer Pad where you can view frequent apps and quickly launch it). There’s also a command pad that will open when a user swipes up on the screen. From the command pad consumers will be able to draw pre-registered marks on the command pad which will allow you to send an email, make a phone call, or even search a location. Pre-registered marks aren’t limited to what the manufacturer preset, users of the handset will have the ability to register their own marks. Photo Notes will allow you to throw down notes on any photo. The application will actually flip the photo to the back for you to do a note there.
Lastly, is the Recorder function lets users record a series of actions that is taken on their handset and then share it with their friends.
The Galaxy Note II handset will be available for purchase in October, but if you’re in the United States, there has been no word on the availability. The best part is that the handset will be packed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Here the full rundown on the hardware that’s packed into the Galaxy Note II:
5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display
1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
Choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage
microSD slot for storage expansion
1.9MP front camera
8MP rear camera
Available in both HSPA+ and LTE
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Color options: Marble White or Titanium Gray
Here’s also a few details that you should know about the device along with a statement from the President of the Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics:
“Last year at IFA, we launched the GALAXY Note, which opened a new category of smart mobile devices. This year, again at IFA, I am proud to announce the GALAXY Note II, which will encourage users to ‘unleash their inner creativity.’ With a perfect viewing experience and unique and differentiated features, users can discover information and capture their ideas faster, express thoughts freely and manage tasks more efficiently. For anyone who wants to be creative, expressive and unique, the Samsung GALAXY Note II will be the ideal device, allowing users to live a life extraordinary,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.
Powering content creation, sharing and multitasking capabilities, the GALAXY Note II comes with the latest hardware technologies. A mighty 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus or 4G LTE connectivity delivers easy multitasking, lightning-fast screen transitions, powerful browser performance, and minimal app load time. The GALAXY Note II is powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. This brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search, to the GALAXY Note II. The memory options are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB with an expandable micro SD memory slot. Thanks to a 3,100mAh battery, users can enjoy multimedia content, always be productive on the go, and capture ideas whenever, wherever without suffering from power limitation. The GALAXY Note II comes with an 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera has great features like Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on the GALAXY S III earlier in the year. In addition to that, the GALAXY Note II features a unique camera function called Best Faces. Best Faces allows users to choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos. Users can also personalize photos by leaving handwritten notes on the backside of a photo using the S Pen. Handwritten Photo Notes can be shared with others in jpg format.
Is anyone interested in getting the Samsung Galaxy Note II as opposed to the current Galaxy Note? Is the upgrade going to actually be worth it to you? I personally would rather wait until they came out with third generation before upgrading the current Galaxy Note handset. While it does look really cool I just really don’t think that it’ll be worth another two year contract or $700 or so dollars.
Anyone going to be grabbing this device when it comes out?