Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note II With Faster Processor, Enhanced Stylus
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The Note II’s software has also been further adapted for the phone’s signature stylus, the company said during its announcement at the IFA consumer electronics tradeshow in Berlin, Germany.
The Note II, which follows the surprise success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note predecessor, features a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 5.5-inch screen with a new 16:9 aspect ratio (the previous Note had a 16:10 ratio). At 9.4 millimeters, the body of the Note II is slightly thinner than that of its predecessor. The battery capacity is 3,100 mAh.
Samsung has also modified its S Pen stylus, making it shorter and thinner with a more ergonomic grip, the company said. One of the most exciting new features of the S Pen is Air View, which allows users to call up previews of emails, image galleries and videos by hovering the stylus over them.
Meanwhile, an S Pen button tells the device that selected content is to be copied or edited, while the ‘Easy Clip’ feature simplifies outlining and cropping.
The Note II will provide 4G connectivity, and will be available with storage options ranging from 16GB to 64GB. The unit also has expandable storage via microSD.
The Note II’s rear and front-facing cameras provide 8-megapixel and 1.9-megapixel resolution, respectively.
Although the Note 2 will run on Google’s Android operating system, the device is not among those that Apple is asking a judge to ban from the U.S. in the wake of last week’s jury verdict that found some of Samsung’s Android phones violated Apple’s patents.
Samsung said it has shipped some 10 million first-generation Galaxy Note smartphones during the past year. The company said the Note II would begin selling in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in October, but did not say when it would be launched in the U.S. market. Pricing has not yet been disclosed.