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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Leaks Ahead of Official Announcement – 5.5″ Display, Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM All Confirmed

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 2 later today at IFA, but thanks to a leak, we now have official pics and specs for the device. According to PocketNow, the device will sport a 1.6GHz quad-core processor (likely an Exynos), 2GB RAM, 16-32-64GB internal storage options, an expandable microSD slot, 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display (1280×720), 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 3100mAh battery, and will run Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) out of the box. 

The device will ship to Europe in October with HSPA+ and LTE radios inside. It will be available in two colors:  Marble White and Titanium Grey.

Other new features to set this apart from the previous Note have to do with the S Pen. The new S Pen is going to be slightly thicker, longer, and has been designed to be more ergonomic. It will allow you to preview content without having to open it, by simply hovering over things like emails, images and videos. Lastly, the Note 2 will have a screen recorder application, so that you can show off demos of activities on the device.

Sounds solid. Are you buying (assuming it comes to the U.S. at some point)?

Via:  PocketNow

  • bbayjon

    i think the rumored specs of the htc phablet that will come to verizon might be even better than the note 2..

  • Kapil Patel

    Missing things are 12MP camera (instead of available 8MP), dual sim & pico projector.

  • Joe M.

    Verizon needs to do whatever it takes to get hold of this new Note 2 by Samsung!!~

  • Stewie

    They just don’t L E A R N … Lose the physical button, and those cap buttons and make use of the OS and as a plus it won’t look like the iPhone as well.

  • azndan4

    Way better than anything Motorola will put out this season.

  • Azn_Android

    Smaller Bezel. Nice. It looks like it could actually be the same size as the previous galaxy note even though it has a larger screen.

  • fixxmyhead

    is it sad this thing has JB out of the box and verizon nexus doesnt

  • Kyle Cummings

    EWW what is that ugly round thing at the bottom of the phone?!

  • spickle

    wouldn’t touch this. 4.65 is the biggest i’ll go. i don’t want a phone that big chillin’ in my pocket.

  • rcrow490

    PLEASE VERIZON!!!! Please, please, please!

  • DontBeConfused

    Wow. This phone sounds nice. I probably wouldn’t drop the s3 for it, but it’s something to consider

  • Just being me

    I was actually thinking about make a switch to big red but they seem like they are going with the Lg thingy that’s horrible looking. But I love hte look of this I might have to get used to the home button But I wish it came with a better camera!!

  • durangojim

    wish it had a 1080p screen

  • Paul

    According to gimp, if the screen is exactly 5.5″ diagonal, the width of the phone is about 3.13″ and the length is 5.83″. That’s not completely unreasonable for a phone – thought it would be a lot bigger given the screen size.

    • Destroythanet

      How does that length and width compare to the older Note and to the GS3?

      • Paul

        GS3 is 2.80 x 5.39, Note is 3.27 x 5.78

        The original Note had a lot more bezel around the screen.

  • dwboston

    The physical button is great for waking the phone. It’s much easier to press than the power button on the side of the device.

    • MKader17

      In what way do you hold your phone that would make that easier?

      • JoYu

        How bout with the left hand?

  • Detonation

    Will have to see just how big this thing is in hand when it comes out, assuming there is some chance it even comes to Verizon.

  • corymcnutt

    If it makes it to Verizon, I will buy it without hesitation…but what are the chances of Verizon making a smart marketing move like that? In fact we will buy TWO of them as my wife really wants one too! Will Samsung be giving us a clue as to which carriers will get the phone?

  • Butters619

    Quad Core, LTE, 2GB of RAM, micro SD, big battery?! Samsung, take my money!!!!


    Waiting to see HTC’s 1080P phone, first…

  • Samsung is making beautiful devices!

  • Jeremy Gentry

    if it comes to verizon……its my next phone!

    • boe_d

      You can have a nice phone like the S3 or a crappy big phone like the VU but you can’t have a nice, big phone.

  • Fly_Dog

    It’s rectangular with rounded corners — looks like an iPhone to me. Just kidding!!!

  • Ron_Swanson

    So its basically a Barry Bonds version of the S3.

  • hkklife

    Specs look awesome but I am really disappointed they stuck to the (already tired) GS3 2 capacitive buttons + physical home button. When you have that size of a screen to play with, go ahead and go with onscreen buttons and make the bezel as reasonably small as possible. But that beast of a battery and JB out of the box should be fantastic! To be perfectly honest, I don’t forsee the Note 2 appearing anywhere Stateside before Q1 of next year.

    Of course, instead of this bad ass phablet we get that horrible LG Intuition on VZW. That’s about as a weak as when AT&T had first 3 generations of iPhones and VZW tried to counter it with the LG Voyager and other touchscreen dumbphones like the Moto Krave, and the BB Storm and all those warmed-over WinMob handsets.

    • boe_d

      I have the nexus and much prefer physical buttons like my previous phones had.

  • Bionic

    anyone that buys bigger than the 16 GB version is dumb. You can buy an SD card for so much cheaper than the incremental price increase for each version of the phone.

    • I’ll take the 64 GB version please!

    • hkklife

      Apps don’t install to external memory on HC/ICS/JB, remember? And after partitioning and the OS’s usage, that 16Gb turns into more like 11.5Gb available for use.

      I am so glad I bought the 32Gb GS3. After installing a 7-8 3D & FPS games and my usual suite of apps and utilities, I have used almost half of the internal storage. I love expandable storage slots, of course, but I just use them to keep documents and multimedia files. Apps go into internal storage.

      • Bionic

        Even if a person had 300 apps on their device it wouldnt take up much space. I guess it depends on how much each version of the phone is

        • NemaCystX

          I have that many and most it takes up (with app backups included) is about 2GB at most

    • Andy

      It depends on what you are using the storage for. If you are expecting to install lots of apps, then the external SD card won’t be useful at all. GS3 has a similar setup and it no longer support moving apps to SD. But if you are expecting to store music/movie, then yes, you will save more money by purchasing your own SD card.

    • r0lct

      Some people may want to remove/insert their card without it impacting where camera picks are stored, access to media, apps, etc. So I’m sure for some people there is value to having all the storage built-in and leaving the sdcard slot available for non-app uses.

    • J. Gilbertson

      not necessarily. I have the note 10.1 and just got a new UHS1/class 10 sandisk 32 gb card and my read speeds aren’t nearly as fast on antutu with my sd card as it is with the internal card. can’t remember the speed difference. i think write speeds were comparable though. i still need to test the speeds of the card in my razr to make sure it’s just the sd card bus in the tablet.

    • NemaCystX

      I agree, but doesn’t mean they’re dumb, they just don’t like dealing with SD cards, but I do completely agree with that sentiment, buying a bigger internal storage device if you already plan on upgrading the storage is just not economical, its cheaper to go with a 16GB first and upgrade the storage using an SDXC card, which will be easier to transfer stuff to and from the device with a SD reader rather than using MTP mode, so thats a plus as well

  • J450NM

    New Nexus FTW…more OMEs the better. …keeping my eyes crossed

    But a solid decive none the less…but that home button…geez samsung

    • NemaCystX

      some people like the feel of a physical button, not only does it make it easier to use when you need to quickly hit the button while moving, you can feel it better than you could a button on the screen. plus the home button is better than a capacitive one, not saying I prefer a physical button but its an option

      • MKader17

        When do you ever need to “quickly hit the button while moving”?

    • OMEs FTW 😛

  • M C

    Maybe if it keeps the quadcore, & comes to sprint

    • NemaCystX

      it could if they put in a S4 Pro

  • Ravnos

    srsly, what’s w/the physical button nonsense?? samsung.. plz 🙁

    • Andy

      Yep, totally agree. One of the few thing that bugs me is the acutally home button on my S3. Not the easiest thing to use.

    • rodney11ride

      Im with you on this. yes it does allow for more screen but i cant stand hitting that home button on my wifes s3. grrrrr.

    • Immolate

      I’m not a physical home button fan, but I’ve found it hasn’t really bugged me that much since I got my S3. I’m not going to say it’s grown on me, but at least it doesn’t aggravate me.

  • <—This guy will own one!

  • hell yes

  • Jared

    I love everything but the dumb button on front. After having a galaxy nexus without one it just seems unnecessary and like it can do nothing but get in the way of an otherwise great seeming product.

  • Jordan


  • El Big CHRIS

    If it ever makes it to Verizon I’ll buy but will have to wait for to drop in price off market. Have to keep my unlimited data at all costs

    • Buckoman

      I had upgraded recently, and they let me keep my unlimited. Not sure why, but it’s worth a shot to ask.

      • r0lct

        I helped someone else upgrade recently and they too were able to keep their old plan. There must be some sort of unofficial grace period.

        • NemaCystX

          I thought the upgrade thing was still good for those that had 4G phones? the Unlimited data going away was an incentive to get 3G only customers over to 4G if they wanted to keep unlimited data. I had thought DL reported it wasn’t that same situation for those that already have 4G phones.

      • J. Gilbertson

        lucky, they wouldn’t let my wife keep hers. I got mine in during June before the fiasco. fortunately my wife is as lite of a user as they get. plus with the maxx she leaves wifi on all the time so when she’s home she’s using it. We’re about a quarter through our pay period and she’s barely used an 1/8th of a gig. i still want to keep my unlimited in 2 years though. never know when ya need it! although i’ve been trying to practice lowering my data usage so it’s not a shock in 2 years.

    • NemaCystX

      Unlimited data is nice but after seeing AT&T offers 3GB of data for the same price that Verizon wants for 2GB, i’m weighing my options, it sucks that Verizon doesn’t get enough of the good devices, AT&T and T-Mobile seem to get the good stuff anymore, Verizon waters down its offerings with limitations or dumbed down versions of better ones… I’m also sick of Verizon nickel and diming me to death. Google knows this too, so I might even wait to see what the Nexus series is this fall before making the jump

      • Immolate

        Verizon prices are in line with AT&T. If you spend all of your time in a good AT&T reception area, congratulations. Most people don’t however, so take it from someone who has a work phone on AT&T and a personal phone on Verizon – network matters.

        • NemaCystX

          Thats true, I know that. But everywhere I go, my partner has a i4S on AT&T and same reception and faster 3g speeds where LTE doesn’t exist.
          We were going to just get on the same plan so it costs us dramatically less a month because of the employer discount, i’m currently unemployed so every little bit helps until I can get employed again

    • boe_d

      I’d sell my Nexus and pay whatever the difference is TODAY if I could get it on Verizon. Unfortunately, Verizon will sell the VU and because that crappy phone won’t sell well, Verizon will think no one wants a big phone and we’ll never get a nice phone like the Note 2.

    • AlexKCMO

      I feel kind of torn on this. On one hand, I LOVE the idea. This giant
      phone is RIGHT up my ally. On the other hand, once I put on CM10, I’d
      lose all the customizations and usability of the S-Pen, which I think
      looks pretty cool, but I hate TouchWiz.

      Also, the bootloader would need to be hacked first before buying.

      Tough call between this and the S3.

      • Calvin Williams

        Don’t they take some of the Touchwiz pen features just for the Note CM builds?

        • AlexKCMO

          I don’t think they can

          • Calvin Williams

            Just checked XDA. Severals ROMS have it.

            “if SNote (Premium Package) is missing after install, install from here as Data App (saves storage in /system!!!): Download SNote Premium Suite App”

          • AlexKCMO

            I stand corrected.

  • Every time I see this phone, all I can think about is the phone/tablet thing Dell made. Seemed like a waste then and it seems like a waste now.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Certainly isn’t for everybody.

    • htowngtr

      Sold fairly well regardless

      • I suppose so but it’s hard to be excited for something that’s essentially a baby tablet with a stylus. I just don’t see the point of something that appears to be nothing more than a niche device.
        (Oh look? Downvotes!) Wasn’t expecting people to agree but it’s whatever. First time for everything I guess.