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5.5-inch phone/tablet will pack a quad-core processor and LTE/HSPA+

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) is trying to not let Apple's legal attacks hinder its stellar U.S. sales performance.  It's been busy announcing new models of late, including the Galaxy Note II, which features the S-Pen technology.

The first generation Note was a modest sales success, but the next generation brings far more to the table.  It packs largely in-house hardware -- a gorgeous 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED display, a beastly 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos system-on-a-chip, and 2 GB of DRAM.  

Both the latest HSPA+ spec and LTE will be supported and the device will ship with Google Inc.'s (GOOG) latest and greatest Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean".  The body designs -- like HTC Corp.'s (TPE:2498) new Windows Phones and Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) Lumia line -- will come in an array of colorful polycarbonates.

Galaxy Note

The device will be available on all major U.S. carriers "by mid-November" [source].

Source: Engadget



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Why I'm considering this over an S3
By Jedi2155 on 9/21/2012 6:36:20 AM , Rating: 2
My contract ends in November (although I can upgrade now), so I'm highly considering this device over an S3 for the following reasons:

+ Galaxy S3 will be mid-way through life cycle by November & Note II will be the latest and greatest at that point in time.
+ It uses a 1.6 GHz Quad Exynos chip which means it should probably also have the Wolfson DAC on it and more performance than the S3.
+ Having a note taking device with a stylus can prove to be extremely useful especially at work.
+ Bigger screen is useful for various reasons, plus its 16:9 instead of 16:10 meaning is more narrow and look less GIANT than the first note.
+ I almost never use my phone as a phone, mostly for texting, so a bigger screen has plenty of advantages.

Minuses
- The times I do use a phone, even I will think I look like a crazy nerd with a giant pad on his face.
- Its really is ginormous.




By AMDftw on 9/21/2012 9:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
I have a SGIII currently, My wife wants the iphone5 and told her no or gtfo! lol I really did say that. She loves my SGIII and she is still on a SGII. So I will get this and trade up her phone to mine. I can't wait!!


RE: Why I'm considering this over an S3
By Nortel on 9/21/2012 10:09:33 AM , Rating: 2
Wolfson WM1811 is a decent chip but I would like to see their WM8741 and WM8805 used for better quality. The iPhone 5 uses a Cirrus Audio 338S1077 which is an improvement over the iPhone 4S' 338S0589... which wasn't too shabby.


RE: Why I'm considering this over an S3
By Nortel on 9/21/2012 10:12:12 AM , Rating: 2
showing the iPhone 4s DAC beating all others at the time (at bottom):
http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_4s-review-665...


By Jedi2155 on 9/24/2012 2:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard that in my own ears, and was highly debating a iPhone 5 only because of the excellent sound quality. But couldn't stand anything else about it....


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