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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy Note 2: It Gets Even Bigger

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

The tablet phone gets an even bigger screen.

You know that tiny little tablet...massive phone Samsung's Galaxy Note? Well, it's back and bigger than ever. The previous model has a 5.3-inch display, and the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 bumps that up to 5.5-inches. Mind you, the resolution and ratio has taken a bit of a step the other way, with the new one at 1280x720, while the outgoing model has more pixels at 1280x800. Nevertheless, the screen is still Samsung's in-house AMOLED technology.

Here are the rest of the specs:

2 GB of RAM
1.6 GHZ quad-core CPU (Samsung did not clarify if it was an Exynos)
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Weighs 180 grams
Comes with a 3100 mAh battery
Measures 80 x 151 x 9.4 mm
8 MPixel rear camera, 1,9 MPixel front camera
Available with 16, 32 and 64 GB

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    freggo , August 29, 2012 10:18 PM
    Doesn't it look like a slim iPhone?
    Bit larger but the same round corners.

    Easy to mistake the two!

    /SARCASM
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    back_by_demand , August 29, 2012 9:56 PM
    Will sell boatloads, just like the last one and not a flicker from Apple about it so must not have a leg to stand on for lawsuits, until they patent the stylus and start all over again
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    willard , August 29, 2012 10:04 PM
    I think Samsung tapped into a totally unexpected market with the Note. Namely, people 40+. My aunt, who is 60, loves her Galaxy Note. She doesn't care about Android vs iPhone. She doesn't care about Apple or Google. She doesn't care about which apps are on which devices.

    The one thing she cares about is its massive number keys for dialing. If she could make calls on her iPad she'd be in heaven.
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  • 19 Hide
    back_by_demand , August 29, 2012 9:56 PM
    Will sell boatloads, just like the last one and not a flicker from Apple about it so must not have a leg to stand on for lawsuits, until they patent the stylus and start all over again
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    belardo , August 29, 2012 10:00 PM
    Are these made for the Avatar blue giant monkeys?
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    willard , August 29, 2012 10:04 PM
    I think Samsung tapped into a totally unexpected market with the Note. Namely, people 40+. My aunt, who is 60, loves her Galaxy Note. She doesn't care about Android vs iPhone. She doesn't care about Apple or Google. She doesn't care about which apps are on which devices.

    The one thing she cares about is its massive number keys for dialing. If she could make calls on her iPad she'd be in heaven.
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    freggo , August 29, 2012 10:18 PM
    Doesn't it look like a slim iPhone?
    Bit larger but the same round corners.

    Easy to mistake the two!

    /SARCASM
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    math1337 , August 29, 2012 10:20 PM
    nooooooo. the screen is so bad. I was looking forward to a new note with an even slicker screen.
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    house70 , August 29, 2012 11:46 PM
    3100mAh.
    YES!

    Waiting to see their Nexus version; if rumors are correct, Sony's version is already out.
    Man, it's sweet to have choices!....
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    unksol , August 29, 2012 11:58 PM
    If I had a note no reason for an "upgrade"... I also don't see a significant difference between the S3 and note 2. Besides SIZE. at least with the S2 and note there was a res difference. This doesn't seem like a good move. Just a size difference for the sake of having a new model.

    Thing is while I would like a note, I have zero problem reading anything on my s2. And with a mediocre upgrade they are not providing motivation to upgrade. To a "new" phone that they will charge top dollar for. That is the same as the old.
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    Yuka , August 30, 2012 12:17 AM
    No that the 800 pixels helped a lot in movies, mind you. Now it's a full 16:9 aspect ratio giant phone with even better specs.

    This thing will sell like hotcakes in Somalia.

    Cheers!
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    Freakykiwi , August 30, 2012 12:17 AM
    The key difference between the S3 and the Note, other than the size, is the stylus.
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    halcyon , August 30, 2012 12:17 AM
    It'll be interesting to see if this does as well as the Samsung fans hope. I guess it depends on price. ...for $150-$200 it may do quite well.
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    Camikazi , August 30, 2012 12:22 AM
    unksolIf I had a note no reason for an "upgrade"... I also don't see a significant difference between the S3 and note 2. Besides SIZE. at least with the S2 and note there was a res difference. This doesn't seem like a good move. Just a size difference for the sake of having a new model. Thing is while I would like a note, I have zero problem reading anything on my s2. And with a mediocre upgrade they are not providing motivation to upgrade. To a "new" phone that they will charge top dollar for. That is the same as the old.

    The screen is a new RGB configuration the new one should look better then the old Note, so while it's slightly lower resolution the new setup should make it look better. Not a huge change but it's not just the same screen in slightly larger size.
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    unksol , August 30, 2012 2:18 AM
    Quote:
    The screen is a new RGB configuration the new one should look better then the old Note, so while it's slightly lower resolution the new setup should make it look better. Not a huge change but it's not just the same screen in slightly larger size.


    But its a MINOR change no matter how you look at it. while we are at a stall as far as what mobile performance can give us.because software can't keep up. There is.no significant hardware change to justify the new price vs a year ago.
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    ikyung , August 30, 2012 3:24 AM
    unksolBut its a MINOR change no matter how you look at it. while we are at a stall as far as what mobile performance can give us.because software can't keep up. There is.no significant hardware change to justify the new price vs a year ago.

    What is the new price? I didn't get the first Note because I had a brand new phone when they launched the Note here in the states. My buddy had one and I loved using it so I told myself I'll get the Note 2 when it launched. Currently, I can get the Note from AT&T for 200 dollars.. will Note 2 be more then that?
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    The Greater Good , August 30, 2012 5:37 AM
    willardI think Samsung tapped into a totally unexpected market with the Note. Namely, people 40+. My aunt, who is 60, loves her Galaxy Note. She doesn't care about Android vs iPhone. She doesn't care about Apple or Google. She doesn't care about which apps are on which devices.The one thing she cares about is its massive number keys for dialing. If she could make calls on her iPad she'd be in heaven.


    You can hack the Galaxy Tab 3G (that takes a SIM) and let that make calls.
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    zblade , August 30, 2012 5:53 AM
    Don't see why people are saying it is not much of an upgrade to the Note and it is no difference to a S3.

    200MHz faster than the S3 and double the amount of core to the Note with a 200MHz increase.
    Double the RAM in S3 and Note (unless you got the are in Korea with the 2GB RAM)
    Larger battery to the S3 and Note
    About 50% faster GPU to the Note.
    Bigger screen

    The only downside to it that I see it is a tad bit bigger and there are less pixel
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    tomfreak , August 30, 2012 6:34 AM
    3100 mAh battery is a nice capacity, but Note 2 also have a beeefy spec, so my question still the same how long is the battery life? Is it long enough like the tablet PC?
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    pliskin1 , August 30, 2012 8:38 AM
    What ever happened to phones that fit in your pocket..
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    noob2222 , August 30, 2012 9:41 AM
    FreakykiwiThe key difference between the S3 and the Note, other than the size, is the stylus.

    and most likely more than just AT&T as the carrier. while the large screen is not for everone, one thing that the note is extremely good for is point of sale for mobile businesses. I have no desire to go back to AT&T, ill get the unlocked if I need one unless its on verizon.

    As far as note vs s3, basically it looks like samsung is following motorola with the dual design idea per product line (droid + droid X)

    As for upgrading, there is usually no reason to upgrade each new product, but if you have say the lg Ally ... you haven't upgraded yet?
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    back_by_demand , August 30, 2012 10:03 AM
    OK, its been a whole extra day since Samsung announced the Ativ range of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 products
    ...
    Why is IMDB, an entertainment website, reporting this before a tech website - Toms, MUST DO BETTER
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