Samsung has debuted its second-ever phablet at Berlin’s IFA tech expo, as the South Korean gadget-maker bids to put its recent courtroom reverse behind it.
Billed as the “ultimate smartphone for on-the-go creativity” and launched with a personal appearance from donnish director Win Wenders, the Galaxy Note 2 cops more than a few design cues from the Galaxy S3, most obviously in its pebble-style form factor and ‘nature-inspired’ curves.
The handset’s spec sheet takes in a 5.55-inch HD SuperAMOLED touchscreen (up slightly from the 5.3-inch display that featured on the original Note), an eight megapixel camera and a secondary 1.9 megapixel front-facing snapper for video calls.
At the Note 2's heart, however, is a rethought S Pen stylus that was dubbed a ‘magic wand’ by Samsung CEO JK Shin.
The S Pen from the Note now showcases the Air View feature to allow users to hover the stylus over an email or image gallery to preview the content.
In keeping with the device’s name, its note-taking capabilities have also been revamped to make it easier to capture ideas and combine handwriting with digital content.
To this end, there’s now a dedicated S Pen button that recognises when users want to clip or edit content on the screen. More impressively, the Note 2 is equipped to automatically detect when the owner is about to press the stylus on the display – in a touch reminiscent of the Galaxy S3’s attempt to make interaction more natural.
Multi-tasking has also been rethought along the lines of the S3 with the addition of the Popup Note function, that lets you open up a secondary note window anywhere on the screen with the stylus while you’re doing something else. You can then use the new window for browsing, streaming more video content or whathaveyou.
Completing the spec sheet for the Note 2, which runs the 4.1 Jelly Bean version of Android out of the box, is a 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor, HSPA Plus, 4G LTE connectivity and a long-life 3,100mAh battery.