It looks like a Korean Newspaper couldn’t wait to publish a story on Samsung’s latest and greatest smartphone, the Galaxy Note II, despite the fact that Samsung is pegged to show it off in Berlin at IFA this week. In this screen shot below, from the Seoul Newspaper, we can see some of the specs that the Galaxy Note II is suppose to sport, including a 5.5-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED (still no plus) display, an 8-megapixel camera, and 3G / 4G LTE connectivity. It will also come with the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean, powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. That being said, after the recent court verdict, Samsung may be forced to change the look of some of their icons within TouchWiz, namely the phone icon as seen below.
If this specs are indeed true, then it looks like the Galaxy Note II is a modest upgrade, assuming the U.S. doesn’t receive the quad-core processor and is again shafted to a Snapdragon S4 dual-core. The camera is the same as the previous generation, the display too, while only 0.2mm larger, is still just a Super AMOLED display like the previous Note.
When it comes down to it, the new Note II only offers a slightly faster processor and a 0.2mm larger display. Regardless of the modest upgrades, I’m still very excited to see this device and to get some hands on time, hopefully Samsung can reduce some of the bulk of the device’s exterior to make it easier to use/hold, which would also allow it to fit easier into pockets, as those were my only complaints about the first one.