Galaxy Note 2

Samsung has unveiled their U.S. release plans for the upcoming Galaxy Note 2, and things are looking very nice. The Note 2 will be on all five major U.S. carriers by mid-November, making this the second time Samsung was able to pull off a (mostly) simultaneous launch of the same model across the board.

We've seen the so-called international version of the Note 2, but what do we get here in the states? A beast, that's what.

  • 1.6 quad-core Exynos CPU
  • LTE and/or HSPA+42 where applicable
  • 2GB RAM
  • Android 4.1
  • 16GB storage
  • microSD card slot

That's not a typo -- the Note 2 will be the debut of the LTE optimized Exynos. I know more than a few have been waiting for that one. Of course this all sits under the 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen an is backed up by that 3100mAh battery. Jelly Bean is an awesome bonus, and there's a chance that this will be the first phone on Verizon to offer it.

Of course the redesigned S-Pen and software optimizations are on-board, and the device will be available in Marble White or Titanium Grey, with flip-cover backs available in Titanium Gray, Marble White, Blue, Pink, Mint, Lime Green, and Orange. Full details from carriers will be coming soon, we'll keep an eye out for all the Note 2 news.

The full press release is after the break, and the Galaxy Note 2 forums are open for business!

Samsung Mobile Introducing Galaxy Note® II in Time for the Holidays with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular

Redesigned S Pen and apps, sharing capabilities and quad-core Exynos™ processor enhances productivity, creativity and performance

DALLAS — September 19, 2012 — Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States – will launch the Galaxy Note® II in the U.S. with five major carriers by mid-November. Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the carriers.

Optimized for the fastest 4G LTE* and HSPA+ 42 networks, the Galaxy Note II combines some of the best capabilities of the Galaxy S® III with an enhanced S Pen and new S Pen apps, the processing power to multitask like a PC, with a larger screen yet in a thinner, lighter form factor. The Galaxy Note II enables consumers that want a larger format device to create, collaborate and now share original content faster and easier than before.

“The original Galaxy Note® created a new category of smartphones by combining the best of a smartphone with the best of a tablet. In less than a year, Samsung sold more than 10 million globally demonstrating the category is taking hold,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The new Galaxy Note II is a significant leap forward for the category.”

Power & Performance

Galaxy Note II marks the U.S. debut of Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6 GHz quad-core processor optimized for LTE networks. It has 2GB of internal RAM; and comes with 16 GB of onboard file storage and supports up to 64GB of additional memory with a microSD® card. Collectively, these deliver easy multitasking, lightning fast screen transitions, powerful browser performance and minimal app load time.

The Galaxy Note II is the first Samsung smartphone to launch with Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean, which brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search. It is also a SAFE-designated device, which means it has additional security features to safe-guard sensitive data and communications.

The Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen with 16:9 aspect ratio, the standard for true HD video viewing, and comes with a 3,100 mAh battery, which is 24 percent larger than the original Galaxy Note.

Despite the much larger battery, the device weighs slightly less than the original Galaxy Note. As a result of a narrower bezel on all four sides of the screen, the screen is larger but the overall device is narrower. The Galaxy Note II is available in Marble White and Titanium Gray color options.

Create & Collaborate

At the heart of the Galaxy Note II and the ability to create and collaborate is the S Pen™, which has been ergonomically redesigned to provide a more precise and natural writing and drawing experience. The new S Pen can sense 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, four times more than the original S Pen.

When the new S Pen is removed from the Galaxy Note II, it automatically launches the S Pen menu, which opens a new home screen that allows one-touch access to most used S-Pen applications. Keeping track of the S Pen is simple now too because a visual and audible alarm appears if the user forgets to put the S Pen back inside the device.

The S Pen’s advanced features provide the ability to capture ideas, inspiration and information instantly, and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen, such as adding new calendar appointments by writing the event details directly on the day of the week, signing or adding handwritten notes to an email.

Selecting and cropping text, images or other content on the Galaxy Note II with the S Pen is very similar to a traditional “click-mouse” experience. When the S Pen’s side button is pressed down, the S Pen recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content on the screen. Users can draw precise lines around the content to be cropped out, highlighted or copied into another application.

Key applications of the S Pen include:

  • 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.
  • Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, calendar entry, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it or wait for screen transitions. This feature also enables users to preview Web site content without opening the full site. Air View provides a title description for unrecognizable icons in various applications.
  • Quick Command uses the S Pen to quickly activate applications and services people use most often. The command pad appears with one upward swipe on the screen with the S Pen button pressed down. Users can send an email, make a call or search a location with pre-registered and customized S Pen stroke marks made on the command pad.
  • Idea Sketch 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.
  • Photo Notes allows users to create handwritten notes on the back of digital photos.

Multitask & Share

The Galaxy Note II takes multitasking to the next level by enabling consumers to launch multiple windows on one screen, including high definition video. Multitasking features include:

  • Popup Note lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window to jot down a quick note during a phone call, checking email or watching a video.
  • Popup Video extends the concept of ‘Popup Play.’ While watching a video, with the touch of a button, the video will become a floating window on the display. The video will continue to play and it can be re-sized or repositioned to any part of the GALAXY Note II’s screen. This versatility means that users are free to load other applications beneath it to browse online or work in other apps such as email, calendar or text messaging.
  • Popup Browser launches a new browser window when a user clicks on a link embedded in an email.  

The Galaxy Note II contains many of the popular, real-life content sharing features introduced in June on the Samsung Galaxy S™ III including:

  • S Beam – Tap back of Galaxy Note II against another S-Beam-enabled device to share large video files, documents or S Notes in seconds without using data service.
  • Share Shot - Seamlessly share pictures taken with Galaxy Note II’s 8 megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away.
  • Burst Shot/Best Shot – Capture rapid-fire still pictures with zero shutter lag; choose picture with optimal colors, lighting and clarity from Best Shot image recommendations.
  • AllShare Cast™ and GroupCast™ have been expanded on the Galaxy Note II. Share premium video content, mobile games and movies and TV shows from Samsung Media Hub wirelessly with Samsung Smart TVs, laptops, tablets and other consumer electronics.

Customize & Accessorize

  • Protective Flip Cover – Samsung’s unique flip cover enhances the look of the Galaxy Note II with a premium leather front and glossy backing, while providing privacy and protection. The Protective Flip Cover comes in seven vibrant colors to customize the Galaxy Note II, including Titanium Gray, Marble White, Blue, Pink, Mint, Lime Green, and Orange.
  • S Pen with Eraser – This ergonomic, full-featured S Pen features a button for gestures and an eraser tip for easy corrections. This updated version of Samsung’s original S Pen truly mimics the feel of a pen or pencil.

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Reader comments

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will hit 5 US carriers by mid-November


I am still SHOCKED that VZW is getting this bad boy.

Especially since they may have 3 under their roof come Christmas. The Vu, the Note 2 and the HTC

One of the awesome features that was missed by most pre-views so far was the use of S-Pen as desktop mouse while browsing. It can open hover lists/menu in websites like a mouse does in desktop. No other mobile device can do that.

Check this:

Start at around 8:40 mark.

That's the problem with reviews. All of them just try to get it as fast as they can. Hardly anyone verifies all options. Samsung has been traditionally very very strong on connectivity and codec support. But hardly any reviews highlight or test this fact. How many reviews have you actually seen testing all possible connectivity options like the following video shows:

Warning: It's a 27-min marathon video, takes patience.

Remember, almost everything (if not all) can be done in stock firmware without root.

Is it really that mobile when you need to carry an accessory that is almost as big as the tablet it self? With the Note II, it is to be expected that you will always have the S-Pen with you unless you lose it.

Impressed once again by Samsungs ability to launch the same device on all carriers.

If the Verizon Gnex doesn't get Jelly Bean before this launches they will have an angry mob storming the gates.

My upgrade on Sprint comes up the 1st of October. I was having a hard time choosing between the GSIII and the EVO 4G LTE.

I'm waiting now.

All great devices. Especially if you live in an area with an actual LTE signal.

The GNex has dropped down to $99, so let's hope the carriers drop the GIII down a bit as newer phones are launched.

A $99-$129 price would make it easier to upgrade my teenagers line that was due last December!

I'm in the same boat. Upgrade comes Oct 1st, but I am waiting for sure. This will be my next device.

I currently have the Galaxy S2 on Tmobile. And, without a doubt, this phone right here has my undivided attention. I am a very large guy with mega hands and a 5.5" screen will fit my hand perfectly. I could care less about how it looks up to ear. I use max, 30-50 minutes a month on my account. I may have to sell a lung or kidney, as my contract isn't up for renewal, but one way or another, I will have this beast!!

I'm right there with you. I'm an average sized guy, but I got the GS2 on T-Mobile and was unsure if I'd be happy with such a big screen. After having a 4.5" screen all I want is bigger! I will also be buying this off contract if there is no news of the next nexus by then. Can't wait!

Me too. I am a big guy with big hands. I switched from a HTC G2 to the GSII because I wanted the bigger screen. Well, 4.5" is great, but I want that 5.5" screen like a baby wants Similac. o.0

I have the Walmart no-contract plan, so luckily I don't have to worry about any extra fees.

I just bricked my dinc2.....this...could be the ultimate replacement! I have never wanted to get to November this fast ever! Verizon date please......

Any thoughts on what the first note with $ drop to? I have a thought of grabbing it as on my extra line and using it just in the house on a tablet. and as much as I would love the new one. a $0-$50 on contract device would be sweet

If you are going to just use it as a wifi tablet, just get one off of eBay, after the Note 2 launch, when everyone is selling them off to pay for the new one. Why pay a min of $50/mo for 2 years ($1200 btw), to only use it for wifi?

thanks for the reminder about Ebay...why I never thought of that is beyond me.

Plus that would keep me off contract for the extra line I have on my family account!

This IS my next phone. My contract with Sprint is up in November, now I have the freedom to go to the carrier I want and still get the phone I want. THANK YOU Samsung! And like others, I am a large man and this phone will fit me nicely!

This is excellent news! Hopefully Samsung has the same idea for the Canadian release. Time to get one of those sweet flip cases and microSD card =)

Def my next phone. Kudos to Samsung for the proper and timely announcement of the release date unlike what Motorola and VZ did with the Bionic. Also so nice to see VZ carrying a flagship device, finally.. Hurry already!!

I'm a petite woman. I'm not concerned with one-handed use. I still love my EVO, but want Jelly Bean and that large display.

I've been debating getting the S3, but this phone has everything!!!

The thing that concerns me about these big phones is that they won't fit in my pockets, haha! My Galaxy Nexus can barely get into some of me jean pockets, and I'm not a fan of carrying purses.

No 32Gb variant at all? Or will this vary from carrier to carrier? I currwntly have the 32Gb S3 and I am very glad I decided to spring for the exrra storage. I imagine the extra space will be even more essential for power users using the Note 2. If I were to decide to go full retail price for one of these bad boys, then I have to say that no 32Gb = no sale.

16GB Micro SDHC Class 10 = $13.99

32GB Micro SDHC Class 10 = $26.49

64GB Micro SDXC Class 10 = $54.51

All on Amazon

Yes, I am very, very much aware of the presence of the microSDXC slot. I currently have a 64Gb card in my S3, which was how I was mostly able to finally dump my iPod Classic 160Gb and move a good chunk of my high-bitrate music and movies onto flash storage. I only use my external card for media/file storage and in place of carrying a flash drive to work.

While 16Gb is certainly sufficient for the vast majority of users, the actual usable space is about 11.35 (or less) after partitioning, formatting and space reserved for the OS/cache/recovery. In this post-Gingerbread world, you have to install your apps internally , so if you are a big gamer like I am, these big 3D and FPS titles can easily eat up 1Gb or more each. So while I don't NEED 32Gb of internal storage, I absolutely needed more than 12Gb, so I decided to be future-proof and get a 32Gb S3. Also, let's not forget that internal NAND is much faster than any microSDXC card will ever be and certain modes (such as Samsung's camera app burst mode) write by default to internal storage despite the presence of a card.

Before the actual release of the S3, it was announced that there would be a 64GB version released at a later date. I wonder what ever happened to those plans? I would have liked to have seen that version. Hopefully, there will be at least a 32GB version of the Note 2 released along with the 16 gig version. Maybe it'll depend on the carrier, since ATT only released the 16 gig S3 at launch. I would surely like to see the S3 and Note 2 in 16, 32 and 64 gig versions. The extra 16GB on my S3 was surely worth the extra $50.

I'm with you on this comment. I want 32Gb (or 64Gb) built-in! This is the only place to store Apps and 16Gb is marginal. I currently have the GS3 32Gb with a 64Gb microSD.

Brownie points for Samsung for getting this out to 5 major carriers at/around the same time. The Note on AT&T was a surprise hit, and I guess they heard the demand from would-be customers on other networks. This is great news for all, and I can only hope that other manufacturers start doing more of this. HTC, Motorola, LG, and others really need to get their flagship devices to more carriers. The DROID RAZR could become just the MOTO RAZR on other carriers. What is it truly losing, the DROID wallpapers and ringtone?

Congrats to all that want this device and don't have to make the decision to switch from your favorite carrier!

Ok I can stop searching for confirmation of Sprint getting it. Thanks Android Central. I want it and I am eligible for an upgrade now. I will be saving it for the release of this baby. Might even pre-order it.

I am so happy now! Can't wait!!!

Just got an S3 on Sprint, but I am contemplating doing what I have to to get this in Titanium Grey. Aftermarket case and car mount makers...time to gear up!

I feel your dilemma in a sense: we were ready to move to Sprint from Verizon this week until I found out that this was coming in. Now we are going to wait.

That's exactly where I'm at. I guess it all depends on the off contract price of the Note 2. If it's comparable to the S3's off contract price, then we're in business.

Looks like I will be digging out my 1978 Ace Men's Clutch bag so I can carry this behemoth around without unsightly bulges...

Since all I do on my phone is read and stylus support means literally nothing to me, I'm getting the Intuition. 32GB of storage and the ability to get reception (something my wife's S3 can't do) makes it an obvious choice.

$299 on US Cellular. OUCH.

I've had a sprint upgrade since June. Have been waiting for something to catch my eye, this may be the phone, but $300 on contract is painful! Wonder if Sprint will follow suit with $300.

I'll be Suprised if any carrier offers this under the $299 price range. That said, I'll have 3 lines available for upgrade by this time and hearing this has made my week. However I suppose I should start trying to sell some of my other Galaxy device's before the wife "upgrades" me...

I honestly think every carrier will sell the Note 2 for $299. The S3 is still going for $199 from all carriers.

Oh man, I want this! The only issue I have is a technical one. My employer runs a very large campus-wide wi-fi network, and, for some reason, Samsung devices won't connect to it. Well, they'll connect, but you can't actually get an IP and move any data. I have no idea why this is, but I've seen it with several Samsung phones, including the Captivate and GS3. My fear is that the Note 2 is going to have the same issue.

Has anyone else seen a similar issue, and, more importantly, could you resolve it?

Does this still use a pentile screen? My EVO LTE is bordering on too big so I will pass on anything this size but it looks like a beast. As long as the screen is super amoled + anyway. A screen that big with pentile would be not so good.

No question another Tmobile catch it keeps getting better and better every Samsung release. Yes I LOVE my Galaxy S3 it's the BEST smartphone on the market period but the Galaxy Note 2 is all I have waited for. This will be another launch day item that will go down on my list joining my granddaddy Evo 4g. Evo 3d, Galaxy Nexus. I love launch day purchases it's fun to get out there. At this point Samsung owns android plain and simple and I am glad to be along for this ride...

What a beautiful device. I am tempted to pick one up, and if I still had my 4s, I would. My sgs3 is plenty, and all I desire in a phone, but why not gift that to the future wife and pick up a xynos powered note2?! I bet the screen is drop dead how technology advances...

Can I talk and surf the net on verizon at the same time, ha ha!

"Can I talk and surf the net on Verizon at the same time, haha!"

Don't let those iPhone 5 users find out lol!!!

Hopefully the retail price isn't too ridiculous. I plan to drop my EVO LTE and Sprint early next year and this would be a dream come true, unless it costs $700. Maybe Google will sell the next Nexus thru the Play Store...

I shall call mine "Gigantor", also known as Tetsujin 28-go!! Brad Bird ripped it off when he made "Iron Giant"...

This phone is a beast and big ups to those who will be purchasing. I personally am sticking with the RAZR MAXX HD though. But man we are kicking Iphone's ass right now lol

Good news! Good news! *Rosco P. Coletrane's voice*

Well crap - I said to myself "Self? If VZW gets the Note 2 before Black Friday you're getting that bad Larry." I was kind of settled with getting a GNex at a reduced price unless the MAXX HD turns out really well. Hmmmm - choice is good (and MADDENING).

after having the S3 for a while, i really hate Samsung's UI. and i have rooted my phone, always some glitch with what ever ROM i install. and for ME this phone is just to big at 4.7, i was excited about this note 2, but after experiencing the S3 dont think ill be getting this phone. ill wait for the next nexus phone, i hate waiting for stupid updates that take for ever. and i have come to hate touch crap, sense crap and what ever other overlay that all other company's put on their phones. the last nexus was nice, but weak battery, poor call quality,

Gooooosh.....please release the 32 & 64GB versions at the same time as the 16GB. Was going to stay with Verizon if they carried it, but with a locked bootloader may have to consider the other carriers; T-Mobile's unlimited data is tempting, but not sure about their network.