News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 19, 2012.
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Samsung executed quite the coup when it managed to get the Samsung Galaxy S III on all four major carriers in the U.S. without altering its hardware design. The Korean manufacturer is set to repeat that feat with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note II will be available at all four major carriers and U.S. Cellular by mid-November. The company has not shared specific dates or prices for the phone, but says it expects carriers to make their separate announcements with that information shortly.
While Samsung was unable to maintain device consistency when it launched its first two Galaxy S devices, the company has managed to deliver one model of the Galaxy S III, and now one model of the Galaxy Note II, to all carriers. Samsung typically uses Exynos processors in the international variants of its phones, but switches to Qualcomm chipsets in North America because of LTE. The Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, however, supports both LTE and HSPA+ 42, which makes it the perfect choice for the U.S. Note II. The phone also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot that supports up to 64 GB of additional storage, and a 5.5-inch screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at launch. I recently spent some time with the phone and shared my thoughts on the new enhancements offered by S Pen, and Samsung has highlighted several more in today's announcements. Be sure to look out for launch details for individual carriers, but for now, here's a quick rundown of some marquee features in the Galaxy Note II.
- Easy clip can crop anything on the screen and then save, edit, or share the image.
- Air View can hover over an email, calendar entry, photo, or video to launch a preview
- Quick Command can activate services people use most often by swiping up on the screen with the S Pen enabled
- Photo Notes can add handwritten notes that are on the "back" of digital photos, meaning they are accessible by options without obscuring the actual image
- Popup Note can create a window to add notes while you're viewing a video or browsing the web
- Popup Video lets users watch a video in a floating window while performing other tasks
- S Beam can share files, contacts, or S Notes with a Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II with NFC
- AllShare Cast can mirror screen content on select TV's
- Share Shot can instantly share photos with other Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II owners within 200 feet
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.