The tech world has converged on Berlin, Germany, and one of the first events up to bat was Samsung’s Unpacked event. Just as it was rumored, they went ahead and announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
With its 5.5 Super AMOLED HD display, S Pen technology, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8 megapixel HD camera with a 2 megapixel front camera, 16-64GB of internal storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and more, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a substantial upgrade over the original. The device is promised to last you all day with a very impressive 3,100 mAh, and that’s impressive considering it’s only 9.4mm thin.
While the Galaxy Note 2 will share a lot of the same features the Samsung Galaxy S3 has, the focus on the S Pen technology is what’s going to attract eyes. They’ve introduced a new feature called Air View.
To put it simply, Air View allows you to use the S Pen to preview content from your email, image gallery, S Planner, or video gallery so you won’t have to jump from screen to screen. Hovering the S Pen over something will bring up a preview while keeping you on that same screen.
The Popup Note feature will bring up a small note over whatever you’re using as soon as you take your S Pen out of its holster. For instance, if you’re on a call and someone tells you to write something down you can bring up a quick note pad without having to thumb through a few different apps. You can then add that note to your S Planner and write even more things right onto the calendar.
Also, Quick Command allows you to swipe your S Pen up at any time to do tasks like sending an email or setting an alarm. Writing “@Jim” could automatically begin an email to your friend Jim, for instance.
The Note 2 will also let you record video of the actions you’re performing on your phone with Screen Recorder. This will be useful to do real-time drawing videos or to do tutorials for people who need to know how to do something on their phone without you needing to be there.
More cool features include the ability to write captions on the back of the photos you take. If you want to note that the photo is of your daughter’s 5th birthday you can simply tap the right corner of the photo and write in real penmanship.
Easy Clip lets you cut out any content on the screen using the S Pen, and you can instantly share the clipping to any application that supports photos. Finally, Idea Visualizer lets you bring up illustrations simply by writing what you want to appear. For instance, writing “baby” in S Note will automatically insert an image of a baby. Sweet!
If you like what you’ve heard so far you can get this thing starting in October in Marble White or Titanium Grey, when a worldwide launch will commence to hundreds of countries. Read on for full press details.
Be Creative, Be Expressive with the GALAXY Note II
The most powerful smartphone sparks everyone’s creative inspirations
BERLIN, Germany—29 August 2012— At the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event held today at IFA, in
Berlin, Samsung introduced the GALAXY Note II, a whole new level of innovation for the GALAXY Note
category. The new Samsung GALAXY Note II enables unique experiences in personalized and expressive
content creation, making it the ultimate smartphone for on-the-go creativity.
“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.
Since the first introduction of the GALAXY Note category, Samsung has continued to enhance and expand
the GALAXY Note product experiences. In May 2012, Samsung introduced ‘Premium Suite,’ a software
upgrade which provided enhanced user experiences. With the Ice Cream Sandwich OS upgrade, Samsung
offered innovative new features such as Shape Match and Formula Match, providing a new way for
organizing and expressing ideas in their personal and professional life. Also in August, Samsung expanded
the category further with the GALAXY Note 10.1, which has a 10.1-inch large screen, a Multiscreen feature
for the ultimate multitasking, and enhanced features for users’ productivity, creativity and learning abilities.
With further enhancements, Samsung GALAXY Note II will help users unleash their inner creativity by letting
them discover information faster, capture ideas, and express them in a more organized and efficient manner.
Perfect viewing experience
The GALAXY Note II features a 5.5” (140.9mm) HD Super AMOLED screen, providing breathtaking visuals
and crystal clear detail. Its 16:9 screen ratio ensures an immersive and enriched cinema-like video viewing
experience, perfect for watching HD videos on-the-go. Its larger screen allows users to see content clearly
and vividly, with much enhanced readability. In addition to the stunning content consumption experiences on
a larger screen, users will also be able to accomplish more tasks efficiently and create content freely on-the-
go, as the GALAXY Note II comes with a thinner and portable body.
Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview
the content without having to open it. This feature enables users to quickly search and see more information
in one view without screen transitions.
Thanks to the breadth of the GALAXY Note II’s amazing viewing experience, a feature called Popup Note
extends the concept of Popup Play, which lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere
on the screen. For example, when a user pulls out the S Pen during a phone call, the S Note application
automatically pops up on the screen, allowing users to jot down a quick note.
In addition, the device’s new gesture pad feature, called Quick Command, lets users quickly activate
frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the
screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call, or search a location as
they draw pre-registered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark to allow for quick and easy
Furthermore, users will be able to share their experiences with others quickly and easily using Screen
Recorder. It allows users to record a whole sequence of actions taken on their screen — a demonstration of
how to use an application, for example — and then share it with friends for comment, or just for fun.
Amazing expression tools – Advanced S Pen & S Note
The new S Pen is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Therefore, it provides a
more precise, comfortable, and natural writing and drawing experience.
The S Pen’s advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations
instantly, and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. By simply pressing the
dedicated S Pen button, the S Pen magically recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content
on the screen. The Easy Clip feature allows users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in
any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content
through coloring, shading, or their own personal handwriting. It is quick and easy.
Another amazing expression feature called Idea Visualizer allows users to easily add illustrations by
handwriting keywords on the S Note. It provides illustration images that match the handwritten keywords.
It’s a fancy illustration match function that will allow users to express, organize and visualize ideas in a more
innovative and creative way. Users can even customize and add in their own illustrations library.
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
Available in Marble White or Titanium Gray color options, the Samsung GALAXY Note II is set to launch in
October starting in major European, Asian, and Middle East markets.
The Samsung GALAXY Note II will be on display at the Samsung booth # 20 at IFA 2012 from Aug 31
through Sep 5. For more information on GALAXY Note II, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.
Full details, video content and product images are available at Samsung’s IFA 2012 microsite: http://
samsungifa2012.com or mobile site: m.samsungifa.com as well.