Samsung Gets Official with Galaxy Note II Phablet, Skips U.S. Market (For Now)

Paul Lilly

It's incredibly tough to keep a product launch under wraps with the Internet serving as the ultimate spoiler. Samsung can attest to this after seeing its Galaxy Note II plans leaked to the Web ahead of its offical launch. Be that as it may, all a company can do is forge ahead with business as usual, as Samsung did by officially unveiling its second generation Galaxy Note device. There is one surprise, however -- Samsung's skipping a U.S. launch until later this year.

The Galaxy Note II will be available in October in major European, Asian, and Middle East markets, with no mention of a U.S. launch in the press release. Word on the Web is that it will land on U.S. shores before the year is over, though exactly when is a mystery.

A quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz will drive the slightly larger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display (up from 5.3 inches in the first Galaxy Note) with a 720p resolution. There will be 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, all of which are expandable via a microSD card slot. It will also have an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera with HD recording, support for Samsung's S Pen stylus, 4G LTE connectivity, 3,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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