The Launch for the Samsung Galaxy Note II was held at a packed CTICC last night (18 October 2012). Tech enthusiast and media from across Africa gathered in the Mother City and others in the comfort of their homes via Facebook streaming to witness the Samsung World Tour unpack some nifty devices (and surprises too). This saw us gather for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but while we were at it they took the opportunity to unveil the Galaxy Camera as well.
For a while now rumours have been doing rounds on local and international blogs on the specs and pricing of the Galaxy Note II. Whether or not the screen would be bigger, the stylus disappears or run on Windows Mobile OS.
Let’s be honest, the first Galaxy Note was great but saw a features if not entirely, rather useless and limited on usage. But since then, Samsung has continued to enhance the Galaxy Note product experience. By introducing Premium Suite earlier this year, to enhance user experiences did not help either. Then with the Ice Cream Sandwich OS Upgrade, Samsung offered innovative new features such as Shape Match and Formula Match. What do they do? These just provided users with features for organised expression in their personal and professional life.
So, what is the Galaxy Note II packing?
The Note II features a breath-taking, crystal clear 140.9mm HD Super Amoled display with its 16:9 screen ratio. The new S Pen is longer, thicker and designed for the perfect grip, providing a more precise, comfortable and natural writing experience. Along with these advancements, come fully integrated features and applications that make everyday tasks more intuitive and easy.
Features such as the Air View allow you to hover the S Pen over and email, S Planner, image gallery or video to preview the content without opening it. This is just a quick access giver. While Popup lets you open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen.
Worry of losing your S pen? No need to as it comes with a built-in alarm to remind you whenever you go certain meters without the S Pen.
Another standing feature must be the ability for users to launch multiple windows on one screen without closing applications to launch new ones. In other words, let’s say you’re completing a task in one application; you can immediately load another application on the screen. Multiple applications are ‘stacked’ on the screen like multiple windows.
Behind all of these pretty stuff, content creation, sharing and multitasking capabilities, the Note II comes packed with a might 1.6GHz processor, HSPA Plus or 4G LTE (Available later this year) connectivity running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with an 8 Megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 Megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. Just like the Galaxy S III, it features Buddy Photo Share, Burst Photo and Best Photo but with Best Face in addition.
Vodacom and MTN both launched the 3G version of the device earlier this month. Vodacom has the device on pre-paid available from R7, 400 whilst Samsung has it on a recommended retailing price of R8 000. The device will be available in Marble White and Titanium Grey colour options.
Samsung AllShare Play & Control
Samsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension
Samsung AllShare Framework
Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE
USB 2.0 Host
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40
Dimensions & Battery:
80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g
Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh