Samsung Unveils Android And Windows Devices Including Galaxy Note II And First Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

BY Rounak Jain

Published 30 Aug 2012

Samsung unveiled a number of Android and Windows devices at its IFA 2012 keynote yesterday, the most notable of which were the widely rumored Galaxy Note II, an Android based camera and the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device.

As if the original Galaxy Note wasn’t big enough, Samsung decided to bump up the screen size of the Note II by two tenths of an inch, bringing it to 5.5″ from the earlier 5.3″. Strangely, despite the increase in screen size, the resolution has been decreased to 720p from the earlier 1200×800 pixels.

The device packs in powerful internals, with a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 3100mAh battery (the iPhone 4S has a 1,430 mAh batter) and of course a stylus dubbed “S Pen.” The S Pen as received some improvements, gaining a rubber tip and increased pressure sensitivity levels.

Its physical design and construction is similar to the Galaxy S III, meaning that it has a plastic exterior with a thickness of 9.4mm.

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The device runs on the latest Android release, Jelly Bean, with Samsung’s own software layer running on top of it. Added software features include stylus gestures, interaction with the phone by hovering the stylus above the screen, a screen recorder (something we’d like to have on iOS) and updated system applications to take advantage of the stylus.

Here’s Engadget’s hands-on with the device:

Samsung’s also got the (unexpected) privilege of announcing the first public Windows Phone 8 device called ATIV S, which has a 4.8 inch HD screen, a 1.5GHz dual core processor and 8MP rear camera and a 2300mAh battery. The device has a brushed aluminium body, with a thickness of 8.7mm.

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Another, somewhat unexpected, device that was unveiled at the event was the Galaxy Camera, a 16MP pocket cam with a 4.8 inch 720p display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The 16MP sensor has a lens with optical zoon capabilities of up to 21x. For a camera, Samsung has included some pretty impressive features in the device – a 1.4GHz quad core processor, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and a screen with a pixel density of 308ppi. There are a number of useful photography specific software add-ons to Android like an easy to use long-exposure mode, a photo organiser with facial recognition, and a group shot feature that stitches multiple images together to get the best of each face.

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These weren’t the only devices showcased at the event. Samsung also unveiled ATIV Tab, a Windows RT 10.1 inch tablet, and ATIV Smart PC, ATIV Smart PC Pro Windows 8 tablets with Intel processors.

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Prices or exact availability dates weren’t given out for any of these devices.

To sum up, Samsung launched a camera, two phones, and three tablets in just one day. That’s in deep contrast with Apple’s focused approach towards media events and keynotes. Even during WWDC, where Apple unveiled new Macbooks and two new OS releases, the focus remained primarily on software during the entire keynote. If rumors are to be believed, the company’s also hosting two separate events with the span of a couple of months, one for the iPhone and another for the rumored iPad mini.

[Images via The Verge]