We’re live here in Berlin for the IFA trade show and Samsung just took the wraps off of the big and beautiful Galaxy Note II. We spent a few moments with the device, which sports all of the features of the Galaxy S III but in a larger package, and we’re already in love. It offers a large 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (the original note had a 5.3-inch screen) with a sharp 1280 x 720-pixel resolution and a 6:9 aspect ratio, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, a slimmer bezel than before, 2GB of RAM, a large 3,100mAh battery and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
I repeat: 2GB of RAM, a quad-core processor and Jelly Bean. This thing flies.
The original Galaxy Note was massive, but the 5.5 doesn’t feel that much bigger than the original and we actually like the size of the phone. Sure, phablets aren’t for everyone, but those who like to take notes or enjoy huge screens for video will surely love the Note II. It offers an enhanced S Pen that’s longer, wider and has a rubber tip. It can be used with a new “Air View” mode that allows you to view your gallery, control video and more while hovering the pen within 10mm of the screen.
The gallery has been completely redesigned with a new “spiral view” and the ability to create folders and drag and drop content. The calendar application now offers full Facebook sync, too. Oh, and Samsung even added a new “screen recorder” mode that allows you to record whatever you’re doing on the display, complete with audio.
I love my Galaxy S III but I can’t wait for the Galaxy Note II to hit the market. Samsung said it expects the device to launch globally during the fourth quarter of this year. Be sure to check out our hands-on gallery below and stay tuned for video.