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September 03, 2012  | by: Abby Oladipo

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Despite the patent war that’s brewing between Samsung and Apple, Samsung hasn’t taken a break and wants consumers to take note—literally. The Korean company recently unveiled the latest addition to its extensive smart phone family, the Samsung Galaxy Note II. When the first Galaxy Note was released, it raised the bar for phone makers and Samsung has done it yet again. If you thought the first Note was a beast, this one seems to be in a league of its own.

There’s that saying that bigger isn’t always better, but in this case, that would be wrong. The Samsung Galaxy Note II packs a punch with its 5.5 inch display, which isn’t terribly larger than its predecessor but is still noticeable. While the 16:9 screen and resolution fall within the range of the first Galaxy Note, the Note has a serious advantage in terms of speed. The Note II is built with a 1.6GHz Exynos chipset, making it even faster than the original which had a 1.4GHz dual core processor, and even faster than the more recent Samsung Galaxy S3.

The Note II also comes out the box with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, and also ships with LTE so say bye-bye to 3G! Besides giving wireless communication a boost, Samsung also made the Note II even thinner at 9.4 mm. The first Note was 9.7mm thick, which was still pretty small for a phone of its size.

The hover feature on the S Pen

Design wise, the Note II is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3. It comes with a  glossy plastic finish. The Note II’s S Pen has also been upgraded. The pen has been lengthened and has a rubberized end making writing easier. Another cool S Pen feature is the ability to hover over items on the phone and selecting them without touching the screen. When the S Pen is also removed from the phone, the phone notifies the owner so the pen won’t be left behind.

With many innovative features on the Note II, it has people wondering how expensive the new phone will be. However, Samsung has yet to give the pricing details away. For now, it seems the phone will be available in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East by October. However, the Note II will most likely not be released in the US until the end of the year so eager consumers will have to wait!

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Note II?


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