Samsung reveals new Galaxy Note II

Aug 29, 2012 by Peter Svensson
This undated image provided by Samung shows the Galaxy Note II. Samsung, the world's largest maker of phones, announced Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, just days after a wounding legal battle with Apple, that the company will be revealing the Galaxy Note II, an offbeat, oversized smartphone that's become a surprise hit. (AP Photo/Samsung)

Fresh off a legal battle with Apple, Samsung is announcing a new version of the Galaxy Note, an offbeat, oversized smartphone that's become a surprise hit.

Samsung, the world's largest maker of phones, is revealing the Galaxy Note II at a trade show in Berlin. The 5.5-inch (14-centimeter) screen is narrower but longer than on the first version. The processor is faster, and the software has been further adapted for the included stylus—the phone's signature feature.

This undated image provided by Samung shows the Galaxy Note II. Samsung, the world's largest maker of phones, announced Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, just days after a wounding legal battle with Apple, that the company will be revealing the Galaxy Note II, an offbeat, oversized smartphone that's become a surprise hit. (AP Photo/Samsung)

While Apple has been releasing a new smartphone model each year, Samsung makes several to target different types of customers. That includes low-end phones for price-conscious customers. As a result, Samsung has been selling more smartphones than Apple this year.

This undated image provided by Samung shows the Galaxy Note II. Samsung, the world's largest maker of phones, announced Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, just days after a wounding legal battle with Apple, that the company will be revealing the Galaxy Note II, an offbeat, oversized smartphone that's become a surprise hit. (AP Photo/Samsung)

The Note runs on 's Android operating system but isn't among the phones that Apple is asking a judge to ban from the U.S., after a jury in California ruled last week that some of Samsung's Android phones violated Apple patents. The jury awarded Apple $1 billion in damages in a high-profile case that could force Samsung and other phone makers to rethink their designs.

Jean-Daniel Ayme, vice president European Telecom Operations at Samsung Electronics shows a new Galaxy Note II at a Samsung event in Berlin, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Note is designed to work well with a stylus for jotting notes and drawing on a screen, while styluses for other devices tend to be an afterthought. The Note's large screen also makes the phone more like a tablet and more suitable for and consuming content. Samsung started selling a tablet version of the Note this month.

Jean-Daniel Ayme, vice president European Telecom Operations at Samsung Electronics holds a new Galaxy Note II at a Samsung event in Berlin, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

. says it has shipped 10 million first-generation Galaxy Note smartphone in one year.

Samsung says the new phone will go on sale in Europe and Asia in October. It did not say when it would launch with a U.S. carrier.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics unveils the new Galaxy Note II at a Samsung event in Berlin, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)


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dirk_bruere
3.7 / 5 (3) Aug 29, 2012
As soon as Apple bring out something similar they will sue Samsung again.
Noumenon
1.5 / 5 (8) Aug 29, 2012
It's shameful that Samsung had to mimic the iPhone.
Aloken
not rated yet Aug 30, 2012
It's shameful that Samsung had to mimic the iPhone.


Mimicking is an industry standard. Nothing can be considered shameful when everyone does it. It may be illegal but it's not shameful.
Noumenon
1.7 / 5 (6) Aug 30, 2012
What I mean is, that such a big established company such as Samsung, couldn't find marketing success except by making an iPhone look-a-like.