Samsung has sent out invites to the media in the U.S., asking them to save the date for October 24 as it plans to display the ‘Next Big Thing’. The invite doesn’t mention anything about the product and just calls it the ‘Next Big Thing’. As speculations begin, it is most likely to be the U.S. release of the Galaxy Note II. The Note II was released in India yesterday and in South Korea on Wednesday. The company also announced the Galaxy Camera for the Indian market, which is slated to hit the shelves sometime before Diwali. The company gave us the first glimpse of the Galaxy Note II and its Galaxy camera at the IFA this year.
The highlighted features of the Samsung Galaxy Note II:
- 5.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 pixel density
- 4G LTE, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi HT40, NFC
- GPS with GLONASS and A-GPS support
- Bluetooth v4.0 with USB 2.0 Host
- 8 megapixel AF/ Touchfocus camera, 1.9MP VT Camera, BSI front-facing camera
- 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, all with expandable memory support up to 64GB
- 2GB RAM
- MHL for AV out
The major talking point about the Galaxy Note II is that it features Air View, a feature that allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery or video to preview content without opening it. Air View enables users to quickly search and see more information in one view, without making screen transitions.
The popular Samsung S pen is also improved. It is now longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for good grip. Therefore, it provides a more precise, comfortable and natural writing and drawing experience. Interestingly, as soon as you pull out the S Pen, there's a Popup Note that opens up. A feature, we're guessing would be especially precious when you're on a call and have to quickly note down numbers.
The South Korean electronics giant has muscled its way to global leadership in TVs, smartphones, chips and display screens – packing internally sourced state-of-the-art components into consumer gadgets – but software remains a weak link. A recent report states that Samsung is likely to go out and buy mobile content providers to compete with Apple, Google and Amazon.com in a global digital music market worth nearly $9 billion. Apple's potential launch of an online streaming music service is prompting rivals to counter the iPod maker, which pioneered and still leads the digital music market. Success in today's mobile market means integrating products to seamlessly connect hardware and software.
However, what Samsung brings in for users on October 24 is still uncertain. Let’s wait and watch.