06 November 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II
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Samsung GALAXY Note II
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone–tablet computer hybrid designed, developed and marketed by Samsung. It is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note, and is the second device in the company's Note series, which places emphasis on the use of a stylus. Employing a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, the device sports a 5.55-inch (141 mm) diagonal display with 720p resolution, 2 GB of RAM, and a maximum of 128 GB storage (by using a 64GB microSD card with the 64 GB model). Upon its launch, it was the first Samsung phone to come with Android version 4.1 "Jelly Bean" as standard.

The Galaxy Note II was unveiled 29 August 2012 at the Berlin Radio Show, and finally released in multiple markets at the beginning of October 2012.[9] Samsung sold more than 3 million units within the first 37 days of release.

The Galaxy Note II features a 5.55 inch HD Super AMOLED S-Stripe RGB (3 subpixels/pixel) (non-PenTile) screen with 1,280×720 resolution, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2 GB RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and 1.9 MP front camera, and a 3,100 mAh battery. It is slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9.4 mm (0.37 inches), albeit also being slightly heavier by 2 grams (0.071 oz). Depending on the specific model, the phone features DC-HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps(SGH-T889)[12] along with 4G LTE. and SGH-T889 is equipped with Qualcomm MDM9215 baseband hardware to support LTE and DC-HSPA+ seamlessly.

The Galaxy Note II is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage capacity variants, each expandable by an extra 64GB using a microSD card.

The smartphone's pressure-sensitive S Pen stylus has an improved ergonomic design compared to the original Galaxy Note (the new S Pen is slightly thicker). A feature known as Air View will allow users to use the stylus to preview content by hovering over it, and another called Quick Command which reveals a list of commands at the swipe of the S Pen.

Given the larger than average screen on this smartphone, it has been referred to in some circles as a smartphone - tablet computer hybrid known colloquially as a "phablet". Samsung however officially markets this device as a Smartphone.

The Galaxy Note II is available with two colors; Titanium Gray and Marble White. it has some variants by the connectivity to the mobile networks and carriers. The differences between the variants are mostly the mobile network connectivities by the released network carriers, FM/TV tuner, and dual-sim card support.

Commercial reception
The Note II launched on 26 September 2012 in South Korea on three carriers and it is expected to arrive on 260 carriers in 128 countries. It is now widely available in the market after its official launch on September 27, 2012 in Hyderabad, India.[44][45][46] The Note II was officially launched in the UK on September 30, 2012, available to purchase exclusively from the Samsung flagship stores in Stratford and White City.[47] It was then released to all major stores in the UK on October 1 on ThreeUK, Vodafone and O2 and at retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U.[48] It was made available for pre-order in Indonesia on September 29, 2012 on Erafone, Telkomesel and Indosat.[49] Samsung's mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun expects to sell 3 million Galaxy Note IIs during the first three months of availability.

Critical reception
Daniel P. from PhoneArena.com positively praised the Note II and stated that this device uses "the best phone screen Samsung has ever produced". He also noted that this phone offers an improved S pen performance.[51] Stuff magazine awarded the smartphone 5/5 stars and ranked it number 4 in its "Top 10 Smartphones" section.[52] The Verge awarded the smartphone a 8.5/10 rating and stated that "the Note II is an unambiguous upgrade over its predecessor and can even challenge the Galaxy S III for the title of best android device". They even praised the device's performance and its improved handwriting recognition, however they criticised the lack of good S pen apps.

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