As expected, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note II, the successor to last year’s original ‘phablet’. While still featuring similar design cues, the Galaxy Note II is a general improvement over the Note, featuring a larger 5.5-inch screen up front, a faster processor under the hood, an improved battery in the trunk, and the latest version of Android 4.1.
Specifically, the Galaxy Note II will feature a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and a 3100mAh battery packed inside a frame that measures only 9.4mm thick. Up front, the larger HD Super AMOLED screen will come with a 1280 x 720 resolution, while the back will sport an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video recording.
Like the original – and most of Samsung’s latest Galaxy devices – the Note II will also feature Samsung’s S Pen stylus interface. The feature has been improved though, with updated software and a stylus that sports a rubber tip for a more pleasant ‘pen-on-paper’ feel.
The software now includes “Quick Commands” that enables other functions with stylus gestures, and “Air View” that gives you a preview of folders and galleries by holding the stylus above the screen. The built-in email and calendar app also got updates to support stylus input. And just so you don’t leave the built-in stylus behind, the S Pen itself now comes with a system that alerts you if it gets separated too far from the Note II.
The Galaxy Note II will be available in Titanium Grey and Marble White (what, still no black?), and is set for a release in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in October, followed by a North American launch before the end of the year.