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We're live at Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 in Berlin, where Samsung has just announced the latest device in its Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy Note 2! The Note 2 is the widely-anticipated successor to last year's original Galaxy Note, and Samsung's improved upon that device with souped-up internals, re-vamped software and a brand new design.

The Galaxy Note 2 sports a 9.4mm thin chassis with a 5.5-inch 16:9 display at 1280x720 resolution. The screen itself is an HD SuperAMOLED panel, similar to what Samsung's included on the Galaxy S3. Visually the Galaxy Note is similar to the Galaxy S 3. The home button, the rear of the phone, the overall shape all strike a resemblance to the smaller sibling. Like its predecessor, the Note 2 sports a Wacom-based pressure-sensitive "S Pen," which has been redesigned. The pen is now taller and thicker, the button on the side now has texture to it, and it has a rubber tip which creates a subtly different action on the screen.  

On the inside, the Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad CPU -- the same CPU found inside the S3, only at a higher frequency. That's backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16,32, and 64GB of storage. Samsung will offer the device in both 3G/HSPA and 4G LTE flavors, though for the moment there's no info on which version will be offered in which markets. On the software side, there's Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, backed up by Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. And like the original Note, pen-centric apps like S Note have been included to take advantage of the new Note's unique hardware.

Availability has yet to be announced, but we'll update you just as soon as any announcement is made. In the meantime, keep it locked to AC for continuing live coverage of the event, and hands-on reports with more info on the device itself.


Reader comments

Samsung announces Galaxy Note 2!


Wow very big disappointment samsung. Bigger screen with a lower resolution? Looks like I'll be keeping my note 1 for a while longer. YUCK!

The slightly modified screen resolution gives it a true 16:9 aspect ratio, and I'm sure you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between 1280x720 and 1280x800 resolutions. Besides, it has been improved in virtually every way (better S-pen, better software, beefy processor, more RAM, larger screen, bigger battery, thinner, Jelly Bean...)

Considering that no phone has ever had a resolution above 1280x800, I don't think there's much to complain about, I don't think anyone was expecting a 1080p screen on it or anything.

I hope this comes to sprint!!!!! I want this and my upgrade is saturday! I don't mind to wait as long as it takes if it is coming.

Must say this phone is not my cup of tea but props to Samsung to release with JB.

Take note - I will never buy another phone on a previous OS, learned that the hard way. Promises of updates often take much longer than I'm comfortable with. I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels like this.