Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Note II, No US Carriers Announced

Well, for those of you looking to see what the Galaxy Note II is all about, here it is in full press release image glory. All the details are available in the press release below and Samsung has dropped us a note on US availability:

Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy Note II, which will be available later in 2012. Building on the success of the original Galaxy Note, we’re confident that the Galaxy Note II continues to redefine what consumers should expect from their smartphone and delivers a powerful, innovative and unique experience. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Don’t forget to check out the livestream of Samsung’s IFA event at

Full Press Release:

Be Creative, Be Expressive with the GALAXY Note II

The most powerful smartphone sparks everyone’s creative inspirations

BERLIN, Germany—29 August 2012— At the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event held today at IFA, in Berlin, Samsung introduced the GALAXY Note II, a whole new level of innovation for the GALAXY Note category. The new Samsung GALAXY Note II enables unique experiences in personalized and expressive content creation, making it the ultimate smartphone for on-the-go creativity.

“Last year at IFA, we launched the GALAXY Note, which opened a new category of smart mobile devices. This year, again at IFA, I am proud to announce the GALAXY Note II, which will encourage users to ‘unleash their inner creativity.’ With a perfect viewing experience and unique and differentiated features, users can discover information and capture their ideas faster, express thoughts freely and manage tasks more efficiently. For anyone who wants to be creative, expressive and unique, the Samsung GALAXY Note II will be the ideal device, allowing users to live a life extraordinary,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

Since the first introduction of the GALAXY Note category, Samsung has continued to enhance and expand the GALAXY Note product experiences. In May 2012, Samsung introduced ‘Premium Suite,’ a software upgrade which provided enhanced user experiences. With the Ice Cream Sandwich OS upgrade, Samsung offered innovative new features such as Shape Match and Formula Match, providing a new way for organizing and expressing ideas in their personal and professional life. Also in August, Samsung expanded the category further with the GALAXY Note 10.1, which has a 10.1-inch large screen, a Multiscreen feature for the ultimate multitasking, and enhanced features for users’ productivity, creativity and learning abilities. With further enhancements, Samsung GALAXY Note II will help users unleash their inner creativity by letting them discover information faster, capture ideas, and express them in a more organized and efficient manner.

Perfect viewing experience

The GALAXY Note II features a 5.5” (140.9mm) HD Super AMOLED screen, providing breathtaking visuals and crystal clear detail. Its 16:9 screen ratio ensures an immersive and enriched cinema-like video viewing experience, perfect for watching HD videos on-the-go. Its larger screen allows users to see content clearly and vividly, with much enhanced readability. In addition to the stunning content consumption experiences on a larger screen, users will also be able to accomplish more tasks efficiently and create content freely on-the-go, as the GALAXY Note II comes with a thinner and portable body.

Easy multitasking

Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature enables users to quickly search and see more information in one view without screen transitions.

Thanks to the breadth of the GALAXY Note II’s amazing viewing experience, a feature called Popup Note extends the concept of Popup Play, which lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen. For example, when a user pulls out the S Pen during a phone call, the S Note application automatically pops up on the screen, allowing users to jot down a quick note.

In addition, the device’s new gesture pad feature, called Quick Command, lets users quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call, or search a location as they draw pre-registered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark to allow for quick and easy access.

Furthermore, users will be able to share their experiences with others quickly and easily using Screen Recorder. It allows users to record a whole sequence of actions taken on their screen — a demonstration of how to use an application, for example — and then share it with friends for comment, or just for fun.

Amazing expression tools – Advanced S Pen & S Note

The new S Pen is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Therefore, it provides a more precise, comfortable, and natural writing and drawing experience.

The S Pen’s advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly, and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. By simply pressing the dedicated S Pen button, the S Pen magically recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content on the screen. The Easy Clip feature allows users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content through coloring, shading, or their own personal handwriting. It is quick and easy.

Another amazing expression feature called Idea Visualizer allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords on the S Note. It provides illustration images that match the handwritten keywords. It’s a fancy illustration match function that will allow users to express, organize and visualize ideas in a more innovative and creative way. Users can even customize and add in their own illustrations library.

Powerful Performance

Powering content creation, sharing and multitasking capabilities, the GALAXY Note II comes with the latest hardware technologies. A mighty 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus or 4G LTE connectivity delivers easy multitasking, lightning-fast screen transitions, powerful browser performance, and minimal app load time. The GALAXY Note II is powered by Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. This brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search, to the GALAXY Note II. The memory options are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB with an expandable micro SD memory slot. Thanks to a 3,100mAh battery, users can enjoy multimedia content, always be productive on the go, and capture ideas whenever, wherever without suffering from power limitation.

The GALAXY Note II comes with an 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera has great features like Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on the GALAXY S III earlier in the year. In addition to that, the GALAXY Note II features a unique camera function called Best Faces. Best Faces allows users to choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos. Users can also personalize photos by leaving handwritten notes on the backside of a photo using the S Pen. Handwritten Photo Notes can be shared with others in jpg format.

Available in Marble White or Titanium Gray color options, the Samsung GALAXY Note II is set to launch in October starting in major European, Asian, and Middle East markets.

The Samsung GALAXY Note II will be on display at the Samsung booth # 20 at IFA 2012 from Aug 31 through Sep 5. For more information on GALAXY Note II, please visit

Full details, video content and product images are available at Samsung’s IFA 2012 microsite:  or mobile site: as well.

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  • Ransom

    s3 with a pen. Smells like Apple releasing the 4 “s”

    • Anonymous

       you forgot the larger screen, larger battery, and the fact that they did this with the note/gs2.. but it’s ok. slow people are everywhere

      • MarcusDW

        Take it easy on him or he’ll hold you for @a1ea07cd270d77f44c1450ad311e54ba:disqus .

  • WOW, I can’t wait to get my hands on this bad boy.  Who else here is gonna get it?

    • 21stNow

       I’m trying to resist, but resistance is futile!  I’m trying to be happy with the original Note and the Note 10.1 (when the 4G version comes out), but we’ll see how that goes.

  • â“œ@®!â“ž G@®CI@ â„¢

    Well I Better Not Get Too Excited We Might Not See It For Months … But Iam Hoping The New Windows 8 Device With LTE Gets Here First As Im Very Interested In Giving Windows 8 A Look. 

  • Le Zhang


    • Paul

      2 Gig RAM. 

    • Carloslacend

      2gb of ram

  • Shwetanshum

    im buying it when is it comming to india……??

  • Chrsiroberts7577

    no NFC?

    • MarcusDW

      It’s got S-Beam which has to have NFC.

    • It has NFC

  • Note2fanatic

    OK tmobile, when do we get our hands on it?

  • MarcusDW

    My cellphone hunger officially reached it’s peak on October 12th 2011.  All these phones now just seem like more than I need and overkill replacements for my GS2.

    It’s a good feeling though.

    • Wilma Flintstone

       This just means I’ll beat you in line to get this device :D

  • Peter Lanneau

    Samasung! I will take every bad thing back, I said about you if you launch this like you did the SGS3. I.e no exclusivity. 

  • whoisdskee

    Wonder will it be LTE or HSPA+

    • Aisha Naqvi

      Its both…Engadget has the full specs…

      AT&T is a definitive carrier…T-mobile?…Verizon will probably get a HTC Phablet arouns the same time…

      • Taron19119

        At&t and t-mobile well have it definitely

        • Carloslacend

          Well that depends on the money offered by AT&T exclusivity. If I were at & t pay anything since it is known that note 2 is more successful than the first note. But I understand that Samsung is better not to have exclusivity to anyone due to the success of the note. I personally think that we will see in AT&T and Tmobile. Sprint?? Who knows. Verizon??? I do not think. They have the new HTC phablet. I do not think that offer both phablet.

        • theking_13

          Samsung doesn’t cater to carriers, they’re the top phone maker. They’re going to release it on all carriers.

          Just because HTC let themselves be screwed by AT&T, doesn’t mean Samsung will let them too.

        • Taron19119

          Well explain the Galaxy Note 1 at&t had an eXCLUSIVE on it so that’s why t-mobile just launch the galaxy note 1 in August

  • Yvrcouve

    So how fast will this international version be on our current tmobile data plan? Will I hit 4G that Im getting now with my mytouch 4G?


      The My touch 4G tops out at 14.4 Mbps. The one described above is the international version. Ours, like the NOTE 1, will have 42Mbps support. 

      • Yvrcouve

        But I will buy the international version as described above. Not sure if its compatable with our network and don’t want to be stuck on 2g speed until LTE arrives. Can you clarify?


        • TMOTECH

          If the Specs are correct above then you would have to wait until the network modernization is done in your area. The international version does not have AWS bands so 3G/4G will not work until 1900 MHZ HSPA+ is online. That wont be until the end of the year. 

  • Taron19119

    I want it and the galaxy camera come on t-mobile


      I hope you don’t think we will carry a camera just because it sports Android… 

      • Taron19119

        It has 3g and 4g so u have to get a plan to use it so y not t-Mobile can get this

        • Get_at_Me

          G cam will make an awesome gift

        • theking_13

          It also has wi-fi, but do all tablet require plans? No.

        • Taron19119

          Why buy something that has 3g and 4g and not use plus u cant get wi-fi everywhere u use it it is design for you to take a picture and be able to post it right away on social media

        • theking_13

          Oh geez, does the same as my S3 does now. But not only is it only a camera, I also get to pay MORE just to upload instantly? Wow.

          Not saying it won’t be an awesome camera, but if you buy it for the sole purpose of uploading pics instantly to your Facebook or Instagram, you’re an idiot in my book.

        • Taron19119

          Look this is the start of something bad when you think about it now you well have monthly bill for a camera but its good for cell phone carriers

  • The fact that it’s thinner, and taller…makes it easier to hold now.  It’s gonna fill better in the hand, and that alone…makes me more interested.  I’m enjoying my SG3 right now, and I’m sure this device will be even better.

  • Guest

    I probably could have been arrested for harassment trying to get details out of my Samsung rep before all of this. He narrowed the date down to between the next 45 and 90 days, which everyone could have guessed. But while he did say that they had not given him details on carriers, they had hinted to him that T-Mobile would have it at release and that they made it clear there would not be an exclusivity contract as with the first. 

  • Paul

    PLEASE don’t make the US version have a dual-core. 

    • nycplayboy78

      AMEN Paul….Quad-Core or no-go for me….

      • Paul

        I’m on that train too!

    • Carloslacend

      I would not want to disappoint you but in effect is dual core s4pro 1.7GHz or 1.6 GHz As David said in one of his reports.

      • Paul

        They’re saying 1.6 GHz which is the quad. There are some phones that are dual-core for the US and quad-core for the international version. It’s ridiculous to not give us the quad. 

        If it’s a dual, I won’t buy it. As for the “s4 pro” it’s a quad. 

    • I’m not even gonna wait on the US version, because will run on TMo and ATT.  So I’m gonna get the quad-core variant, as soon as it drops in Oct.  TMo should have some refarming completed in my area by Dec, I’m HOPING!

    • theking_13

      Like you’ll even know the difference. :rollseyes:

      • Paul

        Cool story bro. 

  • achusaysblessyou

    Put a Quad-core S4 stateside and I’ll buy it ASAP, but I am disappointed in the reduction of resolution… Exynos is still A9, Qualcomm currently has the best SoC right now with their 22nm (or was it 28), their fusion A9/A15 chip and the Adreno 320

    • Okay, seriously.  I’m not trying to be funny.  But why do you even care about that?  You are an ‘END’ user, you can’t even tell the difference.  So stating you are disappointed, is accepted (because it’s your opinion). But it’s just crazy.  What kind of phone do you have right now?

    • Dumbazz

      I like people who post this drivel. They do it to feel superior to everyone. 

      • achusaysblessyou

        Superior or not, its true. And FYI, I’m a software developer so I know what I’m talking about unlike most people…

        • Dumbazz

          Everyone is a software developer these days. 

    • fixxmyhead

      u say u know but u cant even remember if its 22 or 28nm. its 28 nm and the adreno 320 is only in the quadcore s4 chip. the dual one has like a 225

      • achusaysblessyou

        which is why I said the Quad-Core S4. I know CPU power is overrated in mobile devices as a dual core 1.5 GHz or even 1.2 GHz is plenty fast, but the problem is graphical performance in which the Ipad still has the market cornered in terms of graphical prowess, not to mention Apple only releases a few devices a year so their software is heavily optimized for the hardware, whereas Android is released by Google and it’s up to the individual manufacturer to optimize the OS to the hardware which usually fails when they add their own skin or release 15 devices a year and so they can’t concentrate their software development). That being said, I WANT the latest and greatest hardware since anything beyond that I’ll have to trust in the individual android manufacturers to make the experience smooth, but since I don’t trust them, by using the most powerful and latest chips, there’s less work for them and less of a chance they’d screw up.

        BTW, 22 vs 28nm is simply transistor size does little for performance other than heat dissipation and battery life, which I don’t expect to last for days. If that is what proves to you I don’t know anything in this field, you really need to “fixx” your head

        • fixxmyhead

          Thought u said dual. Yea s4 pro chip is better than exynos no argument there since the dual s4 is pretty much on par with the quad core one. Samsung is probably using the same Mali 400 just overclocked a bit like in the s3. Also don’t lecture me on chips I already know

  • Doogie

    i feel jipped! 

    • How so? If you read this site at all you should’ve known better!

      • Doogie

        Why because this phone isn’t really that much in a bump of specs plus some things are less but we’ll see what the US variant has over the international.

  • Kindredkian

    I’m so glad I held off getting the original note for this sexy beast! Like Rick James says “Give it to me, Baby!!”

  • dude

    I wanted this so bad but couldnt wait. Hopefully I can do something with my s3 and get it lol

  • GwapoAko

    Yeah !!! Goodbye my iPhone 4$!!! Hello Sammy Note2

  • mreveryphone

    Samsung here’s my wallet and direct deposit!

  • Josue

    TMOUSA should get on the ball and pick this ASAP 

  • Dumbazz

    They DIDN’T announce US carrier availability at the S3 event either but look how fast it came to US carriers. 

    • Taron19119

      True but this time we not geting the note that was shown to day it’s going to be like the s2 the us well get a modified version of the galaxy note thinks to Apple

      • Dumbazz

        Do you have a link about this?
        I hadn’t heard that the Apple case effected this phone. It would be great to learn about this. 

        • Taron19119

          No but the s3 is one of the phones apple is trying to stop and the note 2 has the same body as the s3 so this phone is going to be stopped to if they bring it to the us so y not make one that has a different body for the us just my educated guess

        • Guest911

          You are pushing the “educated” part in your guess. Its anything but. Oh and if you get all uppity, I can explain why.

        • Taron19119

          Well do so

        • Wilma Flintstone

           What if he gets all Downitty?

        • oZ

          The S3 isn’t on Apple’s injunction list.

        • Taron19119

          Not yet cause apple made the list before the trial and apple said they are going to update it to add new new phones and the s3 is one of them

        • oZ

          Citation, and possibly punctuation, needed. Every source I’ve seen says that Apple provided the list after the trial, which is a few months after the announcement of the S3, and that is the final list of the phones they want to take up at the September 20th hearing.

          Specifically: “Samsung’s newest and hottest selling smartphone, the Galaxy S3, was not part of the lawsuit and is unaffected by the jury’s verdict.”

  • theking_13

    Pretty sure Samsung wasn’t the top carrier back in the Note 1 days…

    Now that they’re on top, they’re making the rules like Apple does. Back when Apple was starting out, they got an exclusive contract too. Once it was over, they saw how much more they could make since their phones are in demand. Same with Samsung.

  • El Patron

    Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for T-mobile will have same specs as Samsung S3 T-mobile. Don’t expect quad core for USA It will be an  overclocked version of Snapdragon S4 dual core.Will be release to the rest of the world in October 2012 then November 2012 AT&T. Feb 2013 T-Mobile version. International verion (7100) will have up to 21 mbps data speeds if used on Tmobile network.

    • g2a5b0e

      What makes you so sure? It says on the spec sheet that the chip set is compatible with HSPA+42Mbps data speeds, so technically, there’s no reason why the international version can’t be the same as the T-Mobile version.

  • Albert33

    My HTC Sensation i know you were looking forward to early retirement but you know how slow T-mobile is at releasing top of the class new  phones so im sad to say you will recieve and send my calls for another 6 months.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’m thinking of waiting for that Woodgrain Brown to come out on this.  Either that, or buy a decal to put on it.  Tmo will most likely not be getting this until Next year, PROVE ME WRONG TMOBILE!!!  I DARE YOU!!! :-D

  • MatthewMurawski

    It looks like the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 had a baby. Aww, it’s so cute.

  • Classick206

    So it’s a big S III. Cool.