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. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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 Galaxy Note 2

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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