5.5″ Samsung Galaxy Note II is Officially here

173940-samsung-galaxy-note-ii-is-a-galaxy-s-iii-on-steroids The much rumored Samsung Galaxy Note II  has been officially announced by Samsung at IFA 2012 in Berlin. It  now sports a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED display with 720p HD resolution, 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 Megapixel rear facing camera with 1080 HD video capture, 1.9 megapixel front facing camera, large 3100mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+ and LTE support and will have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Touch Wiz on top. There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options. From all indications this looks like a SGIII on steroids and Samsung has confirmed it will be coming state side later in 2012. I presume just in time for the holiday season. What make a great second push against the iPhone 5, and hopefully across all carriers. The S Pen on the Note II is thicker, longer and more ergonomically designed, offering “a more precise, comfortable, and natural writing and drawing experience.” It also features all the same TouchWiz attributes the Galaxy S III has, such as S Beam and a plethora of camera features. Supporting S Pen software includes:

Air View – Hovering the S Pen over emails, S Planner, an image or video allows the user to quickly preview content without actually having to open it
Popup Note – Pulling the S Pen out during a call automatically opens a new note for quickly jotting down notes
Quick Command – Using the S Pen, you can quickly and easily open frequented applications
Easy Clip – Pressing the button on the S Pen users can quickly outline and crop any content to edit and paste elsewhere
Idea Vizualizer – In S Note, users can insert illustrated images using handwritten keywords

Starting in October, the Galaxy Note II will launch in major European, Asian and Middle East markets. A statement from Samsung Mobile US clarifies that a U.S. version of the Note II will be available later in 2012,