Samsung Announces Galaxy Note II
Samsung Mobile announced the Galaxy Note II smartphone. The new device will be offered by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. The Note II has a larger Super Amoled screen than its predecessor, at 5.5” with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Despite the increase in screen size, the Galaxy Note II is actually narrower and lighter, due to a smaller bezel on all four sides.
The Galaxy Note II uses Samsung’s Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor that is optimized for LTE networks. It has 2 GB of internal RAM, 16 GB of onboard file storage, as well as support for up to 64 GB of additional memory via a microSD slot.
The smartphone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and has Samsung’s new content sharing functionality first introduced on the Galaxy S III. Those features include S Beam for file transfers between phones, photo sharing via Share Shot, and AllShare Cast and GroupCast for watching content on Samsung Smart TVs, laptops, and tablets. Multitasking is enabled through features that include Popup Note for launching a note taking window over running applications, Popup Video to make a video become a floating, resizable window, and Popup Browser for opening new browser windows from links in e-mail.
The included S Pen stylus allows users to clip and crop content, preview content by hovering over it, access and use a quick command panel, and add handwritten notes to photos and images. When the S Pen is removed from its holding slot, a menu opens with the most used S Pen functions.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes in Marble White and Titanium Gray, and will be available in late October from U.S. Cellular in Titanium Gray with 16 GB of memory for $299.99. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless have not yet announced specific plans for pricing and availability.