3 more days to Galaxy Note 2 launch

Posted on August 27, 2012

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As of June 2012, the current Galaxy Note has sold 7 million units. Samsung is targeting a 10 million sale units  by year end. These sales figures are impressive consideringthis is a bigger than normal size phone. With a display size of 5.3 inch, it is still the biggest smartphone in the market. However skepticism of its success faltered along the way as more users got to experienced the new phablet ( coined from phone + tablet) experience . Infact I don’t think i can accept any smaller size display smartphone having used the Note since Nov 2011. Even the Galaxy S3 ( 4.8 ” display)  and HTC One X ( 4.7″ display )  i have deemed it too small for my daily usage

Its sucessor the Galaxy Note 2 ( so addressed at this time ) is reportedly to be announced this 29 Aug at the IFA event in Berlin. The actual name could also probably be Note S or Note II or Note 5.5 ?

I summarised here the specs of the new Note based on several web reports : The  Galaxy Note 2 presently designated with the model number GT-N7100 and will probably feature a 5.5” Super AMOLED 1280×720 display. The size of the new Note is rumoured to be similar to current Note and the bexel edges will be reduced to accomodate the bigger display. On the display side, one also cannot discount the possibility of  a Super AMOLED HD screen, or even a Super AMOLED HD Plus display offering  better colour rendering and sharpness. Screen resolution is anticipated to be at a lower resolution at  1280X720 instead of 1280X800. It will come with an Exynos 4412 quad-core processor ( a 5250 quadcore I’d think  is unlikely ) clocked at 1.4GHz to 1.6 Ghz , an enormous 2 GB of ram,  an 8MP rear-facing camera, 3G and 4G LT E connectivity, 16/32GB storage sizes and will apparently come loaded with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on board. Launching it with Ice Cream Sandwich will be a big disappointment . Design wise, there had been several faked shots of the phone but most signs point it to be similar to the present Galaxy S3. It is a design which one either love it or just hate it

On 20 Aug, Samsung has  released a teaser video for the upcoming event and within it there are glimpses of what could probably be signs of  the Galaxy Note 2. The teaser video does not reveal much except that it will come with a  new S Pen whose tip appears to be pressure sensitive.

Price of this Note 2 will not be cheap. I would expect it to be in the same range as present Note when launch , probably at least launching at RM 2199 – RM2399

GSM arena has posted a probable specs list of the Note 2: view it with plenty of salt

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_ii_n7100-4854.php

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE
Announced Exp. announcement 2012, September
Status Rumored. Exp. release 2012, Q4
BODY Dimensions
Weight
– Touch-sensitive controls
DISPLAY Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size -, 5.5 inches
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
– TouchWiz UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 16/32 GB storage, 1.5 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
Speed HSPA+, LTE
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
NFC Yes
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
Video Yes, 1080p@30fps
Secondary Yes
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Exynos 5250
CPU Quad-core
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black
– S Pen stylus
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– TV-out
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)