Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Galaxy Note 2 specs and features

Samsung’s Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany is underway, and, as you already know by now, it's main star is the Galaxy Note 2. The second-generation phablet is upon us, and we already have a variety of details for you regarding the device – and this time around they’re all very much official.

The Galaxy Note 2 can be considered somewhat of a small upgrade compared to its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a force to be reckoned with if you love gianormous handsets in your pocket.

As expected, the rumors we’ve seen before today’s event turned out to be pretty much right on the money and even some of the recent Galaxy Note 2 mockups that we’ve seen were not that far off from the real thing. Without further ado, here’s what you can expect from the new Galaxy Note version:
  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Size: 80 x 151.1 x 9.4mm thin – thinner than its predecessor
  • Weight: 180 grams
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB on-board memory
  • microSDHC support of up to 64GB of additional storage
  • 8-megapixel rear-camera with Auto Focus, LED flash and HD video recording
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • HSPA+ support
  • 4G LTE connectivity (in selected markets)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • USB 2.0 support
  • A-GPS and Glonass support
  • 3,100mAh removable battery with faster charging – bigger capacity than its predecessor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board out of the box with TouchWiz UI on top
  • Redesigned S-Pen: wider and longer to offer better grip. The stylus now has a rubber tip to offer an experience more similar to pen and paper
  • Colors: Marble White and Titanium Grey
In addition to hardware specs – and since Samsung can’t really modify core features of Jelly Bean – the company also updated one of the main characteristics of such devices, the stylus-related software features.

The Galaxy Note 2 will offer all sorts of S Pen related tricks such as a warning the users that they are about to leave and forget the stylus behind. Other features such as hand writing support have been improved, and the S Pen now lets users access their favorite actions directly from the stylus via Quick Command. Hovering over folders – Air View – with the stylus will let users preview the contents of the folder, and they’ll be able to record the actions on the screen, alongside voice, which will surely help them create various tutorials right on the device. Features like Best Faces and Photo Note will help Galaxy Note 2 buyers take better pictures and save notes with their favorite ones.

Interested developers will be able to play with the S Pen SDK version 2.2 and create more stylus-based apps in the future – in case you’re one of them, let us know what you’re working on.

In case you’re interested in some of the sharing features available on the Galaxy S3, the older, but smaller brother of the Galaxy Note 2, you’ll have to know that the new phablet will offer you fast access to AllShare Play, AllShare Cast, S Beam, S Cloud and Family Story.

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