Samsung Keeps Phablet Craze Alive With 5.5" Galaxy Note II

Does the world need any more phablets? Isn't it all just a craze? Evidently Samsung has reason to believe that the phablet craze is one that's profitable, and it's using that justification to launch the second iteration of the Galaxy Note. It's a device that can be looked at as a huge phone or a small tablet, but either way, millions of consumers have snapped it up. Now, the Galaxy Note II is going even larger, with a 5.5" HD Super AMOLED display, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and additional S Pen (that's Samsung's stylus) functionality.

The new Note II has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which should be ideal for viewing those movie clips you've loaded up. Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature enables users to quickly search and see more information in one view without screen transitions. In addition, the device's new gesture pad feature, called Quick Command, lets users quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call, or search a location as they draw pre-registered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark to allow for quick and easy access.

Other specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, HSPA+ or LTE radios, 16GB/32GB/64GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot, and a 3100mAh battery. There's also an 8MP rear-facing camera, 1.9MP front-facing camera, and options of Marble White or Titanium Gray when it comes to color. The phone should ship to most regions by the end of the year, but pricing is being kept a secret for now.