Over the years Samsung has become one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers in the game. Unfortunately, as of late, much of the news regarding Samsung has revolved around patent lawsuits sparked by Apple. While this has presumably put quite a bit of stress on the Korean electronics manufacturer, it isn’t letting it stop them. In fact, Samsung has just come forth to give us a bit of insight into one of their most highly anticipated phones: the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Originally launched last year, the Galaxy Note showed us that even devices with mammoth 5.3-inch displays can be highly successful. The Galaxy Note II looks to build on this success and take it a step further with an even more massive 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display complete with 1280 x 720 HD resolution. Much like the original Galaxy Note, that massive display comes equipped with S-Pen functionality. If you’re not familiar with this technology, Samsung’s S-Pen is simply a stylus that works with capacitive touchscreens all while maintaining a hard tip. This is in contrast to other capacitive touchscreen ready styluses which feature soft tips making them less than ideal for precision work such as drawing.
Under the hood of this beast is a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz and 2GB of RAM. Also on board are HSPA+42 and LTE radios catering to all of your 4G needs. Unfortunately, we’re a bit uncertain of what exactly the Galaxy Note II’s storage capacity will be like as it will surely change from carrier to carrier. However, based on previously released devices, we would say it’s safe to assume that the Galaxy Note II will feature anywhere between 16 – 64GB of internal storage. Samsung is also being nice enough to include the latest Android ‘Jellybean’ 4.1 with the Galaxy Note II, albeit a skinned version.
In terms of an actual release – this is what this announcement is all about. Samsung has said that all major US carriers (including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular) will be getting the Galaxy Note II at some point towards the middle of November. We haven’t a clue on what exactly the price point will be but we’re sure you’ll be paying anywhere between $199.99 – $299.99 for the base model.