Samsung has unveiled the eagerly anticipated and much rumoured Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at its Samsung Mobile Unveiled event at IFA 2012 in Berlin.
Despite pushing the boundaries into the phablet space, and creating a new mobile device category on its way, the Samsung Galaxy Note was a surprise hit. It's successor is bigger, badder and altogether more loveable.
On the front is a huge 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution in 16:9 screen ratio. It's a great-looking display and under the glare of the showfloor lights it looked impressive.
The design owes much to the Samsung Galaxy S III and there's a feeling that Samsung's "family" of devices has been more lovingly crafted in 2012. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a great looking device. It's still plastic and attracts plenty of fingerprints, but it feels solid in the hand.
The Galaxy Note 2's internals make even the smartest smartphone look puny. First up there is a whopping 2GB of RAM to play with, then back that up with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and you have a serious beast of a handset.
Samsung even had the decency to throw in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for good measure, making this new Note something of a shining star. But Android is skinned with Samsung's normal lacquer of customisation and anyone familiar with a Samsung device will find everything present and correct.
But the note isn't just a big phone, it's a device with a stylus, or S Pen, as we should call it. The S Pen brings a range of clever functions with it, including a wide range of supporting apps. The S Pen supports up to 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and offers better grip than the previous version, along with a new rubber tip.
Samsung's suite of apps supports the likes of notation, easy clipping and shortcuts via the S Pen's button, but there's also a SDK available to expand S Pen support to other apps. There's also a novel Air View function that will expand things such as photo folders or emails to give you a preview of the contents.
We're impressed with what we've seen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The 16:9 aspect of the display and the surfeit of inches would at one time have been intimidating, but the Note 2 feels exciting and feels right.
We'll be looking at everything on offer from Samsung's latest in our full Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review as soon as we get the chance.
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