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Samsung Galaxy Note II comprehensive user guide

Samsung Galaxy Note II Guide

If you’re eyeing for a Galaxy Note II which will be available in Malaysia soon, you might want to give yourself a head start by reading its comprehensive guide.

While some might be familar with Android UI and Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, the Galaxy Note II comes with a host of new features that make full use of the enhanced S-Pen stylus. The pictorial guide also illustrates the difference between Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

Head after the break for the guide or view it fully over here.

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Samsung updates Galaxy Note II with Multi View enabled

Samsung Galaxy Note II MultiView

The 5.5″ Samsung Galaxy Note II which will be available here soon brings a host of new features on top of what’s being offered on the Galaxy S III. Among the new features include AirView, Smart Rotation and Multi-View.

After the Multi-View feature was demonstrated, some are wondering if this is a Korean market specific feature as units sold in the UK didn’t come with it. Now Samsung has finally released an update which supposedly enables Multi-View for the rest of the world. Apparently Galaxy Note II units in France has already received an update as shown above. To get a better idea how Multi-View works, check out the demonstration here.

To recap on the specs, the Galaxy Note II offers a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a massive 3,100mAh battery. Compared to the original Galaxy Note, the new version has a smaller width by 3% and thinner by 2.5%. Do check out the spec comparison with today’s latest offering including the iPhone 5 here.

The Galaxy Note II will be launched in Malaysia on 11th October with availability expected the following week. Hopefully Malaysian units will get the update by then.


Samsung Galaxy Note II Media event happening next week

Samsung Galaxy Note II Malaysia launch

UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy Note II officially launched in Malaysia at RM2,299. More details here.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be in Malaysia very soon. After its teaser on Facebook, Samsung Malaysia has officially sent invites for its launch event happening on the 11th October. With the event happening next Thursday, we believe that the full availability will follow shortly after the media preview like the Galaxy S III. Malaysia is possibily one of the earliest countries to get the Galaxy Note II, which we could be earlier than the US that’s launching on 24th October.

During the launch event, Samsung has invited Ernest Zacharevic, the artist that transformed the streets of Penang to do what he does best on the Galaxy Note II. Hopefully we get more details such as telco bundling and pricing from the event.
With the Galaxy Note II and iPhone 5 expected to make an appearance soon, October will definitely be an exciting month.

Samsung Galaxy Note II for Malaysia teased

Galaxy Note2 Malaysia

UPDATE: Samsung Galaxy Note II media launch event on 11th October. Read more.

Samsung Malaysia has posted a teaser which hinted that the Galaxy Note II is coming sometime next week. The Galaxy Note II was announced at the end of August and it is already available in Korea with US markets getting it on the 24th of this month.

It is unclear if next week is just the launch event but most are hoping that that the device will be available through telcos as well. In terms of pricing, we would expect it to be priced similarly as the previous Galaxy Note within the RM2,299 range. The pricing of the Galaxy S III has been revised to RM1,999 with telcos such as DiGi have updated their bundling package. So if you’re looking for something that’s bigger, this is it.

Thanks commenter Noter for the alert!

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Samsung shows off Galaxy Note II Multi-Window feature

UPDATE: Samsung releases software update to enable MultiView on Galaxy Note II.

UPDATE 2: Updated with English video. Multi-View demonstrated at 2:02 minute.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is not another smart phone with bumped up hardware with a bigger screen from its Galaxy S III counterpart. As shown in the earlier official hands-on video, the new phone-tablet packs with new usability experience including an enhanced S-Pen stylus with AirView as well as features such as Best Face, Screen Recorder and Quick Command that uses pen gestures for shortcuts.

After being officially launched in Korea with 3 operators, Samsung has released yet another promo video which shows off the Multi-Window feature. This allows split view of 2 applications similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1. This definitely helps in multi-tasking and currently it works on selected apps such as stock web browser, S Note, messaging and other native application. Watch the 7:45 minute video above for the full features walk through.

The Galaxy Note II will be launched in the US on 24th of October and Malaysia availability is yet to be announced. Following the early launch pattern of the Galaxy S III, we would expect the Galaxy Note II to make an appearance locally within this month of October.


Hands On: Samsung Galaxy Note II

At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss the Galaxy Note II as a bigger Galaxy S III with more RAM and a faster processor but Samsung wants to tell you that there is more to the Galaxy Note II than you think.

This 13-minute video official hands-on video highlights pretty much all the great features in the Galaxy Note II. It presence a pretty convincing case showing that Galaxy Note II is so much more than a bigger screen and better processing power.

Here are some of the cool features that we like are:
Best Faces: Say you’re taking a group shot of your friends; Best Faces takes a burst and lets you choose the best looking faces of each individual in the picture. Once you’ve selected all the best faces, the Galaxy Note II will create a composite of the image with all the best faces you’ve chosen.

Air View: This is a really cool feature as well allowing you to preview document contents, calendar entries and pictures in albums just by hovering the S-Pen over the content that you want to preview. Not just that, Air View works for videos as well allowing you to preview videos just by hovering over a video thumbnail.

Quick Command: Quick Commands are customisable S-Pen gestures that make accessing your most used apps and features quick and easy. You use the S-Pen and draw a customised gesture and the command you want the gesture to do (tweeting for example). Once you’ve completed the gesture, the tweet is ready to go. It really is an amazing feature.

Screen Recorder: Screen Recorder allows you to record your actions and inputs on the screen and share it across. The feature can also record audio so you can annotate while drawing a sketch of a rabbit for example.

New Gallery Features: There are some really nice viewing options in the built-in gallery application of the Note II. Albums are also very easy to create as well.

Judging by the video, the Galaxy Note II is shaping up to be a runaway success for Samsung. Even if you think the 5.5-inche screen is huge you can’t help but to think that Samsung has packed some really innovative features into its latest flagship.

Check out the video and let us know what you think.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II Could be in Malaysia as Early as October

UPDATE: Samsung Malaysia teased Galaxy Note II is coming soon.

UPDATE 2: Samsung Galaxy Note II media launch event on 11th October. Read more.

UPDATE 3: Samsung Galaxy Note II priced at RM2,299 and will be available on 19th October.

UPDATE 4: Telco plans for Galaxy Note II compared.

After the unveiling of the Galaxy Note II, you must be wondering when the device will be available in Malaysia, how much is it going to cost and which local operators will be offering the device. While we don’t have definitive answers for these questions, we know enough to be able to give you a rough estimation.

First up is availability. Samsung has indicated that the Galaxy Note II will be released in major European, Asian and Middle East markets in October. And the last time we checked, Malaysia is still a major market for Samsung so it is reasonable to expect the Note II to be available in October at the very least.

In terms of pricing, we’re expecting the Galaxy Note II to cost as much as the original did when it was first launched last year, so expect to pay around RM2,200 for the Note II. At the same time, expect Samsung Malaysia to revise the pricing of the Galaxy S III to make room for the Note II as the new flagship in the market.

As for local operators, it’s a safe bet that Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and maybe even U Mobile will be organizing simultaneous launches for the Note II. Contract pricing for the phone should be around RM1,600 on a 24-months plan.

These are all of course predictions and things could change from now till October but we’ll keep looking out for the latest info and provide updates as soon as they become available. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on the Note II. Are you planning to get one?

To recap on the official specs, the Galaxy Note II runs on a faster 1.6GHz Quad-Core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM with a 5.5″ 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED display. As expected, it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With a bigger screen than the older Galaxy Note, it is taller at 151.1mm however it has a shorter width of 80.5mm (Galaxy Note: 82.95mm) thanks to a thinner bezel design. Despite having a larger 3,100mAh battery, the Note II is thinner at 9.4mm (Galaxy Note: 9.65mm) and slightly heavier at 180g (Galaxy Note: 178g).

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Details of the Galaxy Note II Revealed

Details of the soon to be launched Samsung Galaxy Note II have been leaked out and it confirms much of what we already expect. The device will have a slightly larger 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (vs. 5.3-inch in the Note) but with a reduced 1280×720 resolution compared to the original Galaxy Note which has a display with 1280×800 pixels. This gives the Note II has a slightly lower pixel density (around 267ppi vs 285ppi in the old Note).

Device operations will be handled by an unnamed 1.6GHz quad-core processor that is almost certainly an Exynos that Samsung manufactures. The processor is paired with 2GB of RAM promising speedy performance and great multi-tasking capabilities. You get HSPA+ 21mbps connectivity as well.

In terms of cameras, the Note II is fitted with an 8MP sensor at the rear and a 1.9MP camera on the front. The device boasts a large 3,100mAh battery (vs 2,500mAh in the original Note) so you can expect some improvements in the running time of the device as well.

Despite having a larger battery, the Note II will be slightly thinner than the original at 9.4mm vs 9.65mm, but it’ll be heavier by 2 grams. 16, 32, and 64 GB variants will be available and you get microSD expansion as well. Oh, and it will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box. Interestingly, there is no mention of NFC support.

Beyond the hardware, the Note II brings enhancements to S-Pen interface with a longer, thicker stylus which features an improved design making it more ergonomic. There is a new feature called Air View that “allows users to hover with the S-Pen over an email, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it.” And, just like Popup Play which lets you watch a video while doing another task, Popup Note lets you keep a note on the screen while using another application. There’s also a new feature called Quick Command that is accessed with an upward swipe with the S-Pen; doing so will reveal a menu of quick commands to send someone an email, make a call, or do a search. Another new feature is called Screen Recorder which allows the user to record screen gestures or a drawing sequence into video.

In terms of availability, the Note II ships to Europe in October and will be available in Marble White or Titanium Gray. No word on pricing or Malaysian availability but expect the device to be available around the same time or by December at the latest. In terms of pricing, expect to pay about the same price for the Note II as the original Note when it was launched here in November last year.

So, what do you think? Well worth the wait?

See the Galaxy Note II in white after the jump.

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UNCONFIRMED: Galaxy Note II running on Jelly Bean out of the box

Samsung Galaxy Note II

IFA 2012 is starting tomorrow in Berlin where the Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to make an appearance. With less than 48 hours to go, the phone specs had purported leaked earlier by a Korean newspaper.

Based on the details obtained, it is reported that the Galaxy Note II will be running on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Other details include a 5.5″ screen with 1280×720 resolution, 16GB/32GB storage options and a 8MP rear camera. Processor is said to be running on 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 which is similar to the Galaxy S III.

While having the latest Android OS version is commendable, the hardware is almost similar to the Galaxy S III. We would have expected a slight notch upwards for the Galaxy Note II in terms of processor and display pixel density.


VIDEO: Samsung Galaxy Note II teased

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to be revealed on 29th August at a Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin. While we are about a week away, Samsung has released its expected Unpacked teaser video which showed incredibly brief glimpse of its stylus in action.

Compared to its predecessor Galaxy Note, the new version is bigger at 5.5″ and runs on a similar quad-core Exynos processor as the Galaxy S III. Hopefully Samsung will be carrying over some of its recently revealed Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet multiscreen features to the new device.

The live stream of the Unpacked event is happening on Samsung Mobile facebook page.


Reuters Confirms August 29 Unpacked will be for the Samsung Galaxy Note II

We can pretty much put all the speculation aside now as Reuters has confirmed that the August 29 Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin will be for the Galaxy Note II, a Samsung spokesman said.

The final quarter of this year is looking to be a very interesting time for gadget junkies as Apple is also expected to release its new iPhone about two weeks after the new Galaxy Note makes its debut. And looking how things pan out both of these devices could be in Malaysia by December.

Rumour has it that the new Galaxy Note may feature an unbreakable, 5.5-inch display – slightly larger than the current one – as well as a faster processor and a much better camera. We’re expecting Samsung to port carry over much of the “smart features” first seen in the Galaxy S III as well as its quad-core processor (perhaps with a faster clock speed) and more RAM. Expect two colours to be available at launch, similar to the Galaxy S III.

We know a lot of people who will be standing in line for this one. What are your thoughts?


Samsung Sets August 29 for an Unpacked Event That Promises Something “Magical”

Mark your calendars people because Samsung has started sending out invites for an Unpacked event set to happen on August 29 at IFA, the world’s leading consumer electronics and home appliances trade show in Berlin, Germany. The event is scheduled to start at 1900hrs Berlin time which is 0100hrs Malaysia time. Typical to Samsung Unpacked events, we’re expecting a live feed that accessible to the public.

The invite doesn’t say much aside from the date, time and venue of the event, but there is a rather obvious clue that suggest we should expect a device that comes with a stylus (the magic wand sure looks like a stylus) and the device that is in everyone’s mind right now is the Galaxy Note II.

Of course we could be all wrong and Samsung could just be messing with us but then again why would they do that? There is a possibility of Samsung launching another tablet but then again don’t they have enough already? What about the Galaxy Note 10.1? It might make an appearance at the event but it won’t be the star attraction because there’s very little about the Note 10.1 that we don’t already know about and very little else that Samsung has not revealed. Then, there’s the slight chance of it being a totally new smartphone altogether but you’ll agree that Samsung already has too much of that as well.

So will we see that Galaxy Note II this month? We can’t say for certain but it sure does look like it.