IFA is always an interesting show and Samsung’s event didn’t disappoint with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 2
The Galaxy Note 2 takes an already impressively large screen and pushes it even larger. The 720p HD Super AMOLED display is now a massive 5.5 inches diagonal, yet the phone manages to appear relatively compact. Powering those pixels and the newly enhanced Wacom digitizer is a beefier quad-core Exynos processor running at 1.6 Ghz. In addition to the now expected front-facing camera, there’s the usual 8 Megapixel camera around back capable of shooting in 1080p HD.
The biggest news, it seems, is in the Note’s preloaded software and how it works with the unique hardware of the device. In addition to the usual TouchWiz UX enhancements to Android 4.1 “JellyBean” like “Smart Stay” and “S Voice,” there’s better S Pen integration throughout the device. For example, if you try to leave the pen behind, the Note will let you know to run back and get it. The S Pen itself is also improved, with a larger design for better grip, and a new tip for more natural feeling inking.
Overall it appears to be a solid upgrade for a surprisingly popular phone line. Pricing wasn’t announced today but availability was. The US will have to wait the longest for it, with a nebulous “by the end of the year” deadline, while other countries (specifically Europe, the Middle East, and Asia) will be able to snatch one up by October of this year.