This post aims to collate all relevant information about Samsung Galaxy Note II in the Philippines. Trust that TP will update this post every time relevant news about the availability of SGNote2 in our country surface.
Officially announced by Samsung Mobile via its Unpacked keynote presentation in IFA 2012 trade show currently being held in Berlin, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 officially supersedes the best-selling, first generation landmark handset Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 from 2011 as the company's current flagship smartphone-tablet hybrid device.
Update as of October 11, 2012
According to our sources, Samsung Galaxy Note 2's consumer launch in the Philippines will on the 20th of October via an event to be held at the SM Mall of Asia.
Meanwhile, both Smart Communications and Globe Telecom have announced their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 postpaid plan bundles. Smart will be offering SGNote2 for free with Unlimited Data Plan 2000 (30-month lock-up period), Unlimited Data Plan 2500 (24-month lock-up period), and All-In Plan 3500 while Globe gives it to customers for free with Unli Surf Plan 2499 with lock-up period of 24 months.
Interestingly, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 flaunts an almost similar design identity as that of Samsung Galaxy S3 released earlier this year. Inspired by nature, both smartphones don a rounded, pebble-like construction wrapped in high-gloss, glazed finish.
Available in Marble White and Titanium Gray, Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with features and specifications that truly meet our expectations for a new generation Android flagship phablet from an industry leader. Starting from its innards, the handset runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with a 1.6 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU in Samsung's very-own Exynos 4412 Quad Chipset, and handles multi-tasking with 2GB of RAM. Users get 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB internal storage options, which they can expand further via the phone's microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB. On the outside, the 9.4mm-thin SGNote2 flaunts a massive 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, which is the quite simply the biggest screen you can get on any smartphone currently available in the market; It is 0.2-inch wider diagonally than the display of the first-gen Note. The smartphone's imaging capabilities are largely the same as that of SGS3, which is not bad at all; They share the same 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and full HD video recorder. As for connectivity, the hybrid device supports WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, and even 4G LTE, making it an ideal bundled handset for future LTE plans by either Smart Communications or Globe Telecom.
Despite having a bigger screen than its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy Note II managed to be 0.25 millimeters thinner than the first generation Note.
Aside from beefing up its internal specifications and giving it a larger display, Samsung also made improvements on SGNote2's stylus, called S Pen. Now longer and thicker, the new stylus has this feature called Air View, which lets users preview emails, photos, and videos, among other content, without actually having to open an app. Also, S Pen supports a new Quick Command gesture, allowing users to easily and quickly open or jump to a frequently used application.
So when will it be available in the Philippines and how much will it cost without contract? Well, as yet, TP hasn't heard anything from Samsung Philippines about this handset. But I'm personally expecting Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 to hit store shelves across the archipelago by early Q4, which already starts next month. This is in line with the fact that the Philippine is always one of the first countries to get new handset releases from the Korean company. As for the starting price, our TP Guesstimate is around Php 35,000 to Php 36,990 or similar to the price range of 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 when it entered the Philippines during the last week of October 2011.
To wrap this up in true TechPinas fashion, let me present the complete technical specifications of Samsung's new flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100;
|Name||Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Smartphone Tablet Hybrid|
|Price Category||High-End (Flagship Level)|
|Dimensions||80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm|
|Available Colors||Marble White, Titanium Gray|
|Operating System||Android OS 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|Display||5.5 inches 1280 x 720 pixels, HD Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor, GPU, Chipset||Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos 4412 Quad Chipset|
|RAM/ROM||2 GB RAM|
|Camera||8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI, Front: 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI, Features: Best Photo, Best Group Pose, Low light shot|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8, Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM, Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording, Audio: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac Music Player with SoundAlive|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity, Sharing||4G LTE, Bluetooth v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+, S Beam, Samsung AllShare Play & Control, Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display), Mirroring & Extention, Samsung AllShare Framework|
|Network||3G: HSPA+21Mbps, (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps) |
4G LTE: 100Mbps / 50Mbps
|Internal Storage||16/32/64GB options, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, GPS: A-GPS, Glonass|
|Battery||Li-Ion 3100 mAh|
|Value-Added Features||Flagship Release, Quad Core Processor, Stylus Support: New S Pen, LTE connectivity support, One of the first smartphones to run Jelly Bean right out of the box, Samsung Apps, Samsung Hub: Game Hub, Media Hub (US only), Learning Hub, Music Hub, Video Hub|
|Announcement||Worldwide: August 30, 2012|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: Starts at Php 36,000 |
Official SRP: TBA