Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launched: quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and Jelly Bean

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launched: quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and Jelly BeanWho could’ve predicted that the original Samsung Galaxy Note, a fairly monstrous 5.3in smartphone with a stylus, would go on to sell 10 million units across the globe? Not us.

Its successor, the imaginatively titled Samsung Galaxy Note 2, is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the year, and it’s finally here. How does it look? In a Barry White voice: Oh, baby.

The rumour mill has been jawing incessantly about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for months, and it wasn’t far off the mark.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 display is, as predicted, a tad bigger at 5.5in. In fact, to be precise, it’s a 5.55in Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 (267PPI). Interestingly, that yields a 16:9 aspect ratio for super sexy widescreen movie viewing – sans black borders. We like.

As for camera stuff, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 packs an 8MP rear camera (not the rumoured 12MP) and 1.9MP front shooter. Video capture is 1080p. Pretty much the same as the original, then.

In terms of storage, you’ll be able to grab the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with 16, 32 or 64GB on board. The microSD slot welcomes an additional 64GB, so you’re looking at anything up to 128GB. Cripes.

Under the hood is where the really big changes are. While the original Samsung Galaxy Note had a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 leaps to 1.6GHz quad-core with a whopping 2GB of RAM.

The battery is a little chunkier too (thank Moses), rising from 2,500mAh to 3,100mAh. Hopefully that’ll keep things ticking over for a reasonable amount of time.

Finally, it’s been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 rocks not Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0? That’s so last year) but Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). That means Google Now and more. No idea what I’m talking about? Check out Everything you need to know about Jelly Bean.

Ooh, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2’s S Pen is worth a mention too. It can now be used as a virtual pointer with an on-screen cursor, and it comes with a button on the side that can be used – for example – to toggle brush sizes while painting. Nice touch.

Other Samsung Galaxy Note 2 specs include NFC (Near Field Communication), LTE in compatible regions, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Phe-ew. And despite all that, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 weighs just 2g – yes two tiny little grams – more than its predecessor.

Somewhat disappointingly, there’s no official word on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date or price just yet, but we imagine this bad boy will cost a pretty penny.

What do you think? Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 potentially your next phone? It’ll be interesting to see how things shape up at the iPhone 5 launch party on September 12. Over to you, Apple…

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18 comments

Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:34

tbh thats a pretty awesome phone... gotta say 10 million for the note ... jesus never saw that figure maybe 3/4

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:36

Ticks a lot of boxes, pricing should be interesting.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:41

Ticks a lot of boxes, pricing should be interesting.
£600 quickly falling to £500, staying £50-100 above the price of the S3. On contract it'll be mid-£30s per month, possibly ~£30 per month somewhere on HUKD.

Basically, a little more expensive than the S3, but you're getting more phone and more features.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:45

what's with the "unbreakable" glass, then?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:47

The Note 2 turned out pretty much as I expected, it's got the same bump in specs compared to the S3 that the original Note had compared to the S2. My biggest disappointment is the inferior display on this Note compared to the 2011 model. Lower resolution, same technology (aka, still PenTile) and a larger area, resulting in a lower PPI which falls way short of the magic 300 "retina" mark.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:48

what's with the "unbreakable" glass, then?
Rumour, I think. Did Samsung actually mention it in their launch event keynote thing?

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:48

Nice to see that it's starting with JB, guess it's easier to get that going as they said.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 20:51

Nice to see that it's starting with JB, guess it's easier to get that going as they said.
Very nice indeed, the also mentioned the original Note, S3 and Note 10.1 will be getting JB. No mention of the S2, though :(:(.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:07

So, matt... going for one?

Pondlife  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:12

Nice to see that it's starting with JB, guess it's easier to get that going as they said.
Very nice indeed, the also mentioned the original Note, S3 and Note 10.1 will be getting JB. No mention of the S2, though :(:(.


Does it matter? You've got cm10 anyway no?

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:17

Nice to see that it's starting with JB, guess it's easier to get that going as they said.
Very nice indeed, the also mentioned the original Note, S3 and Note 10.1 will be getting JB. No mention of the S2, though :(:(.


Does it matter? You've got cm10 anyway no?

I want the GPU drivers (well, not personally, but the CM10 team do), to get Project Butter working.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:18

So, matt... going for one?
No, I don't think so. Still doesn't "do" anything my S2 can't do (NFC doesn't count, that's useless). Also, it's PenTile and has a worse display than the Note 1.

swampy_donkey  Aug. 29, 2012 at 21:43

Interestingly, that yields a 16:9 aspect ratio for super sexy widescreen movie viewing – sans black borders.
Don't you mean with borders? 1.85:1 and 2.39:1 are the two typical aspect ratios for most cinema movies. 16:9 (1.78:1) is standard Widescreen for TV programming.

blizzard7  Aug. 29, 2012 at 22:05

Interestingly, that yields a 16:9 aspect ratio for super sexy widescreen movie viewing – sans black borders.
Don't you mean with borders? 1.85:1 and 2.39:1 are the two typical aspect ratios for most cinema movies. 16:9 (1.78:1) is standard Widescreen for TV programming.


+1 point for you.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 22:07

Interestingly, that yields a 16:9 aspect ratio for super sexy widescreen movie viewing – sans black borders.
Don't you mean with borders? 1.85:1 and 2.39:1 are the two typical aspect ratios for most cinema movies. 16:9 (1.78:1) is standard Widescreen for TV programming.

As always, blame Lewis :p.

lcurdie / MOD  Aug. 29, 2012 at 22:15

Interestingly, that yields a 16:9 aspect ratio for super sexy widescreen movie viewing – sans black borders.
Don't you mean with borders? 1.85:1 and 2.39:1 are the two typical aspect ratios for most cinema movies. 16:9 (1.78:1) is standard Widescreen for TV programming.

As always, blame Lewis :p.


I meant made-for-television movies. Hollywood doesn't interest me :p

Treab  Aug. 29, 2012 at 22:39

Interestingly, that yields a 16:9 aspect ratio for super sexy widescreen movie viewing – sans black borders.
Don't you mean with borders? 1.85:1 and 2.39:1 are the two typical aspect ratios for most cinema movies. 16:9 (1.78:1) is standard Widescreen for TV programming.

As always, blame Lewis :p.


I meant made-for-television movies. Hollywood doesn't interest me :p


mainly cause he has no life and spends every night crying in his room to justin beeber...

:p

swampy_donkey  Aug. 29, 2012 at 23:44

Interestingly, that yields a 16:9 aspect ratio for super sexy widescreen movie viewing – sans black borders.
Don't you mean with borders? 1.85:1 and 2.39:1 are the two typical aspect ratios for most cinema movies. 16:9 (1.78:1) is standard Widescreen for TV programming.


+1 point for you.


Do points mean prizes? If not you can take the point back and send me cash. Thanks 8)

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