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Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Large and in charge

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 back

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 pop-up video

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 resizing video

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with S Pen stylus

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with Chrome browser

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 side view

Holster your S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Specs and stuff

How's this for meta?

Camera quality

Camera test, take 2

The Galaxy Note 2 is smart enough to know when you've removed the S Pen from its holster. When you do, it gives you this start screen. You can also enable settings to see the same contextual menus when you plug in a headset, dock the phone, and so on.

Quick Command

Enlightened highlighting

Gallery grid view

Spiral view

Carriers and colors

Chilling on the grass

Ladies and gentlemen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The successor to the original Note unveiled at IFA last year, the Note 2 (or Note II) has an even larger, 5.5-inch screen and the look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (or S III).
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1280x720 Super AMOLED screen. The phone will ship in the fourth quarter, but Samsung hasn't disclosed pricing yet.
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Double-tapping on the screen with the stylus pops up a quick-access note-taking application that hovers over the top of the active task.
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The back of the Galaxy Note 2 shows its 8-megapixel camera, LED flash, and speaker.
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The S Pen is a bit longer and thicker than the first-generation model for easier use, and it's got a rubbery tip for a better feel.
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You can now punch and zoon to enlarge pop-up videos, up to the width of the screen, if desired.
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Pop-up videos can be resized as they play to take up more or less room on top of whatever other task is active.
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You can also drag them around with a finger.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a front-facing camera, too.
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Samsung hopes people will be more creative with the S Pen, a pressure-sensitive design from Wacom.
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The phone comes with Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, and includes Google's Chrome browser.
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The Galaxy Note 2 is a bit slimmer than the first-generation model that debuted at IFA a year ago.
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The S Pen slides into a dedicated holder bored into the body.
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Google's Chrome browser in action.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 3100mAh battery. Flash memory storage options are 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, and the Note 2 supports up to 64GB of expandable memory.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, photographed with another Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
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The Note 2 took very good, crisp photos and video that mostly looked terrific on the phone's screen and on larger screens.
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Samsung's 8-megapixel cameras are generally very good. Here's proof.
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The Galaxy Note 2 is smart enough to know when you've removed the S Pen from its holster. When you do, it gives you this start screen. You can also enable settings to see the same contextual menu, called a Page Buddy, when you plug in a headset, dock the phone, and so on.
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S Pen gesture support is a welcome addition. You can use a gesture to call up this quick command interface, and go from there.
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Press the S Pen button while dragging over lines of text will quickly select it. Genius! Too bad there are a few rules, like you have to drag from right to left.
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It isn't life-changing, but the photo gallery gets some new interactive views, including this layered grid view...
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...and this spiral view, which you can advance, like a corkscrew, with your finger.
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A closer look at Sprint's Galaxy Note 2 in white (top) and T-Mobile's version, in titanium grey. Both colors will be available from both carriers, in multiple storage capacities.
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Here's one last look at the phones, in all their gigantic glory.
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