Samsung Galaxy Note II announced: 5.5″ HD screen, 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

As expected, Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy Note II today, during a press event at IFA in Berlin. Most of the specs we’ve seen leaked over the past few months turned out to be true, but not all. Interestingly, the design of the new phone / tablet hybrid (phablet) is more rounded than that of its predecessor, but despite numerous attempts, no leak had accurately nailed it.

So without further ado, here it is, in all its (white and titanium grey) glory – the Samsung Galaxy Note II:

Now on to specs. The oft-rumored quad-core processor did make the cut, but it’s clocked at an impressive 1.6 GHz. The Super AMOLED HD touchscreen is indeed a 5.5-inch unit, with 1280×720 resolution. This gives it a 16:9 aspect ratio, as opposed to the original Note’s 16:10 (with 1280×800 resolution). What this means in practice is that despite the bigger display (measured diagonally), the Note II manages to be narrower than its forerunner. It’s also a bit thinner, and taller (that’s where the bigger screen is showing).

Full dimensions are as follows: 151.1×80.5×9.4mm, 180g weight. There’s an 8 MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, as well as a front-facing 1.9 MP unit. The phablet will come with 2 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot, MHL, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Glonass, Wi-Fi Direct, 21 Mbps HSPA+ or 4G LTE support, and a 3,100 mAh battery. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is what the new Note will run from day one.

The Galaxy Note II comes with a stylus, unsurprisingly. It’s still dubbed the S Pen, and it allows you to perform some neat tricks. Hovering over things such as the S Planner (Samsung’s Calendar app), email, image gallery, or video will preview the content without opening it. Popup Note lets you open a note as a pop-up at any time, regardless of what you’re doing with the phone. Quick Command lets you quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen, by swiping upward on the screen with the pen’s button pressed. Screen Recorder lets you record a whole sequence of actions on the Note II, and not just a screenshot. Finally, Idea Visualizer will automagically provide illustration images of words you write on your phablet with the stylus. Oh, and of course you can still combine any kind of digital content with handwriting via the S Pen.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will become available in October in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

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