Samsung Galaxy Note II

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is an Android phablet smartphone. Unveiled on August 29, 2012 and released in October 2012, the Galaxy Note II is a successor to the original Galaxy Note, incorporating improved stylus functionality, a larger 6 in screen, and an updated hardware and casing design based on that of the Galaxy S III.

The Note II was released to positive critical reception for its improvements over the original Galaxy Note, and sold over 5 million units within only its first two months of availability. Samsung announced a successor to the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Note 3, on September 4, 2013.

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History

The Galaxy Note II was unveiled at IFA Berlin on August 29, 2012, and released in multiple markets at the beginning of October 2012. Samsung sold more than 3 million units within the first 37 days and it crossed 5 million in two months of its release.

Software versions

In December 2012, Samsung began rolling out an update to Android 4. 1. +more2 "Jelly Bean" for the device. In April 2014, Samsung began rolling out an update to Android 4. 4. 2.

KitKat

for the device. Samsung Nordic has stated several times, including on their official page that both the 3G and 4G versions of the phone will get the Lollipop update.

Features

Split-screen

The Galaxy Note 2 is able to show two applications at the same time with flexible width on the screen with its split-screen feature. However, support of this feature varies per app.

Specifications

General

The Galaxy Note II features a 5. 5-inch HD Super AMOLED S-Stripe RGB (3 subpixels/pixel) (non-PenTile) screen with 1280×720 resolution, a 1. +more6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 2 GB RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and 1. 9 MP front camera, and a 3,100 mAh battery. It is slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9 mm, albeit also being slightly heavier by 2 g. Depending on the specific model, the phone features HSPA+ 21 Mbit/s along with 4G LTE (42. 2 Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ for LTE Version). The Galaxy Note II is equipped with Broadcom BCM4334 chipset for the IEEE 802. 11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity in 2. 4 GHz and 5 GHz dual-band with maximum rate up to 150 Mbit/s, FM radio tuner and Bluetooth 4. 0 + HS support.

Storage

The Galaxy Note II was supposed to be available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage capacity variants, each expandable by up to an additional 64 GB with a microSD card. However, as of 8 January 2013, only the 16 GB and 32 GB versions are available and there has been no release date for or any indication of a 64 GB version of the Note II to be offered.

S Pen

The smartphone's pressure-sensitive S Pen is slightly thicker than in the original Galaxy Note, and a feature marketed as Air View allows a user to preview content by hovering the pen over the content, similar to the hoverbox feature of a mouse in some desktop computers, such as thumbnails in the gallery and a preview tooltip on the video player's time seek bar, and zooming in the Internet browser (Samsung S Browser) and for scrolling. Another feature marketed as Quick Command reveals a list of available commands at the swipe of the S Pen.

The S Pen's 1,024 levels of pen-pressure sensitivity give it significantly more accuracy and precision than the original Note's 256.

Camera

Both front and rear camera use the same hardware as used in the Galaxy S3, with eight megapixels (3264×2448) rear facing camera and 1.9 Megapixels on the front facing camera.

The video resolution of the rear camera is 1080p at 30 frames per second while the front camera films 720p at 30 frames per second.

The Galaxy Note 2 is able to capture 6 megapixel (3264×1836) images during 1080p@30fps video recording, which is the highest 16:9 aspect ratio resolution supported by the 4:3 image sensor, matching the aspect ratio of the video.

While the camera interface resembles that of the Galaxy S3, slow motion mode (720×480 at 120 frames per second) has been added. The slow motion videos lack audio.

The burst shot mode is able to capture up to twenty full-resolution photos per row at around six frames per second.

Variants

The Galaxy Note II is available in Titanium Grey, Marble White, Martian Pink, Amber Brown and Ruby Wine case colors. Some features were removed, which vary as customized by carrier, include FM/TV tuner, charging pins, and Multiple-SIM card support. +more To prevent grey market reselling, models of the Galaxy Note II, and other models (Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Note III and Galaxy S III) manufactured after July 2013 implement a regional lockout system in certain regions; requiring that the first SIM card used on a European and North American model be from a carrier in that region. Samsung stated that the lock would be removed once a valid SIM card is used.

Communication processor

The baseband chipset of GT-N7100 is Intel Wireless PMB9811X Gold Baseband processor. The baseband chipset of SGH-T889, SHV-E250K, and SHV-E250S is Qualcomm Gobi MDM9215. +more SHV-E250L has Qualcomm Gobi MDM9615M for the EVDO revision B connectivity.

Network connectivity

Most of the variants support GSM/GPRS/EDGE in the 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1. 8 GHz, and 1. +more9 GHz bands; and UMTS/HSPA+21 in 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1. 9 GHz, and 2. 1 GHz.

FM radio, digital TV tuner

Only some Galaxy Note II variants have a built-in FM radio tuner. For example, some US and Canadian variants (SGH-i317, SGH-i317M) and the LTE International version (N7105) lack the FM radio tuner support. +more SC-02E for Japan market has 1seg digital-TV tuner and antenna. Korean variants have the T-DMB tuner as well as the T-DMB antenna that can be concealed in the phone body.

Dimension and weight

Korean variants with the T-DMB tuner and the T-DMB antenna are 3 g heavier than other variants. SC-02E for NTT DoCoMo with 1seg TV tuner is 5 g heavier and 0 mm thicker.

Wireless charging

Depending on the model, some Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) units have the two optional charging pins on the back side of the device, just right of the battery holder, that can be used for wireless charging with the dedicated wireless charging back cover variant. Galaxy Note II displays the notification message built in the firmware when it is charged wirelessly. +more SCH-L900 does not have the pins. SGH-T889 has the pins, but they are disabled.

Table of variants

ModelCarriers2G/3G connectivity4G LTE connectivityNotes
InternationalInternationalInternationalInternationalInternational
GT-N7100InternationalGSM: quad-band UMTS: 850, 900, 1900, 2100NoOptional inductive charging pins
GT-N7105InternationalGSM: quad-band UMTS: 850, 900, 1900, 2100800(band 20) 900(band 8) 1800(band 3) 2600(band 7)Inductive charging pins No FM radio 42. 2 Mbit/s DC-HSPA+
North American carriersNorth American carriersNorth American carriersNorth American carriersNorth American carriers
SCH-i605VerizonGSM: quad-band; CDMA/EVDO: 850, 1900 UMTS: quad-band700(band 13)No inductive charging pins Home Button Verizon Branding
SCH-R950US CellularCDMA/EVDO: 850, 1700, 1900700(band 12) 850 AWS 1900(band 2)
SGH-i317AT&TGSM: quad-band UMTS: 850, 1900, 2100700(band 17) 850 AWS 1900(band 2)
SGH-i317MBell Rogers SaskTel Telus Telcel (Mexico)GSM: quad-band UMTS: 850, 1900, 2100700(band 17) 850 AWS 1900(band 2)
SGH-T889T-MobileGSM: quad-band UMTS/DC-HSPA+ : 850, AWS, 1900, 2100700(band 17) AWSLTE AWS from 2013 Optional charging pins disabled
SGH-T889VMobilicity Vidéotron Wind MobileGSM: quad-band UMTS/DC-HSPA+: 850, AWS, 1900, 2100700(band 17) AWS
SPH-L900SprintGSM: quad-band CDMA/EVDO: 800, 850, 1900 UMTS: 1900, 21001900(band 25)No optional charging pins, embedded SIM
Chinese carriersChinese carriersChinese carriersChinese carriersChinese carriers
SCH-N719China TelecomGSM: 900, 1800, 1900 CDMA: 800, 1900NoDual-Card dual-standby
GT-N7102China UnicomGSM: quad-band UMTS: 900, 2100 MHzNo
GT-N7108China MobileGSM: 900, 1800, 1900 TD-SCDMA: 1800, 2010 WCDMA: 900, 2100 (international roaming only)No
GT-N7108DChina MobileGSM: quad-band TD-SCDMA: 1880, 2010 WCDMA: 850, 900, 2100 (international roaming only)FDD-LTE: 1800, 2600 (international roaming only) TDD-LTE: 1900, 2300, 2600
Japanese carriersJapanese carriersJapanese carriersJapanese carriersJapanese carriers
SGH-N025 /SC-02ENTT DoCoMoGSM: quad-band UMTS: 800, 850, 21001500(band 11) 2100(band 1)1seg tuner
Korean carriersKorean carriersKorean carriersKorean carriersKorean carriers
SHV-E250KKTGSM: quad-band UMTS: 1900, 2100900(band 8) 1800DMB tuner/antenna LTE 900 after 2013. +more
SHV-E250LLG U+GSM: quad-band CDMA: 1800 UMTS: 1900, 2100850 2100(band 1)DMB tuner/antenna
SHV-E250SSK TelecomGSM: quad-band UMTS: 1900, 2100850 1800DMB tuner/antenna
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Notes

The bolded frequencies in connectivities, are to support the released carriers' networks. * All frequencies listed are in MHz. +more * "GSM: quad-band" denotes "GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 Mhz bands". * "UMTS: quad-band" denotes "UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+: 850, 900, 1900, and 2100 Mhz bands". * "CDMA: dual-band" denotes "CDMA 1xRTT/CDMA EV-DO Rev A/CDMA EV-DO Rev B: 800 and 1900 Mhz bands".

Release and reception

Commercial reception

The Note II launched on September 26, 2012, in South Korea on three carriers and it was expected to ultimately arrive on 2760 carriers in 128 countries. It is now widely available in the market after its official launch on September 27, 2012, in Hyderabad, India. +more The Note II was officially launched in the UK on September 30, 2012, available to purchase exclusively from the Samsung flagship stores in Stratford and White City. It was then released to all major stores in the UK on October 1 on ThreeUK, Vodafone and O2 and at retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U. It was made available for pre-order in Indonesia on September 29, 2012, on [url=https://erafone. com/]Erafone[/url], Telkomsel, and Indosat. Samsung's mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun expected to sell 3 million Galaxy Note IIs during the first three months of availability. Samsung announced that 8. 5 million Galaxy Note II devices had been sold worldwide, based on supply as of November 25, 2012. By September 2013, approximately 30 million units had been sold.

Critical reception

In September 2012, PhoneArena. com said the device uses "the best phone screen Samsung has ever produced", noting the phone offers improved S Pen performance. +more Stuff awarded the smartphone 5/5 stars and ranked it number 1 in its "Top 10 Smartphones" section. The Verge awarded the smartphone an 8. 5/10 rating and stated that "the Note II is an unambiguous upgrade over its predecessor and can even challenge the Galaxy S III for the title of best Android device". They praised the device's performance and its improved handwriting recognition while criticizing the dearth of S Pen apps.

In September 2016, India's aviation regulator said a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device sparked and smoked in an IndiGo airplane, which was on its way to Chennai from Singapore. Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation will send an advisory to airlines warning passengers to keep all Samsung Note smartphones switched off during flights or avoid carrying the phones on commercial jets altogether.

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