Our live coverage of IFA 2012 kicked off with the much anticipated Samsung Unpacked event, held at the circus tent shaped Tempodrom in Berlin. Having heeded the warning that the event was at capacity, we arrived early and joined the thronging mass of ‘media’ who were already patiently queuing for entry.
After a rather warm and crowded wait, we were eventually allowed in to the huge theatre to find out what tricks (it was a magic themed evening) Samsung had up their sleeves.
First up was Samsung’s JK Shin who announced the unsurprising (given the leaks) news that the Galaxy Note II ‘padphone’ is going to be released this October. As a quick reminder, the 9.4mm thick, 180g, Galaxy Note II will come with a Super Amoled HD screen, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 3G/4G connectivity, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 3,100 mAh battery. Technical specs aside, the presentation focused largely on the functionality of the new taller and narrower ‘S Pen’ stylus.
Trumpeted features of the ‘S Pen’ include ‘Air View’ which enables you to put your pen over events in your planner to view more details in a little pop-up window. The theme of an intelligent pop-up extends to the gallery (where you can use it to preview images within a sub-gallery) and within videos for visually browsing the timeline.
Perhaps borrowing from the popularity of pin-board sites such as Pinterest, another feature of the ‘S Pen’ is Easy Clip. This enables you to draw (or ‘lasso’) around something, such as item within a photograph, and then use this clipping elsewhere on your phone, such as in a note, SMS, email etc.
Other examples of using the S Pen include the ability to jot notes on the back of photos within your gallery and to quickly make a hand written note during a phone call.
The Galaxy Note II will be available from October in marble white or platinum grey.
Check out the video we shot from the Galaxy Note II launch party and hands-on demo:
Want to know what else Samsung ‘unpacked’? Check out our other coverage here: