Samsung Galaxy Note II in stores 1 October

We saw it and loved it at IFA - but now Samsung confirmed its Galaxy Note II will be on sale from 1 October.

It launches with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered by mobile's current beefiest chip, a 1.6GHz quad-core monster, with a massive 2GB of RAM to keep it all going.

Like the original Note - one of Samsung's surprise hits in 2011 - and the more recent Note 10.1, this next-gen Note comes with a capacitive stylus, the S-Pen, that works with a hyper-sensitive screen built with Wacom technology for anything from annotating documents to illustrations.

The Note II has slimmed down from the original, despite having a larger screen. As with Samsung's newest Galaxy devices, the eight-megapixel camera supports sophisticated features like burst mode, best photo and 'buddy photo share'. Like the Nokia 808 PureView, 'Best Faces' manages to pick everyone's best pout from a group shot.

Though it was recently confirmed a 4G Samsung Galaxy S III would be available on the UK's incoming 4G network, EE, the Note II supports HSPA+ - boosted 3G speeds, basically. Perhaps a speedier version is incoming - streaming HD movies or games would be a major bonus on a phone this size.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available from all major networks, Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4U, as well as the Samsung Brand Store in Westfield Stratford. Watch out for our review soon!

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