Samsung took the stage today at the annual IFA show in Berlin, Germany to unveil a slew of new devices. The keynote was the first in a long line of scheduled product announcements leading up to Apple’s September 12 iPhone event.

Among the new gadgets Samsung debuted this morning was the long-rumored Galaxy Note II. The device follows up a fairly successful Galaxy Note, which had the internals of a smartphone and the form factor of a mini tablet.

And now, it’s even bigger…

The Galaxy Note 2 houses a massive 5.5-inch display, up from the 5.3-inch one in last year’s model. The screen is still of the Super AMOLED variety, with the same 1280 x 720 resolution. Though thankfully the Pentile tech is gone.

The phablet now runs on Samsung’s 1.6 quad-core Exynos processor, similar to the one used in the Galaxy S III. In fact, there are a lot of similarities between the two devices. They share the same 2GB of RAM, the same 8MP camera, and several design elements. The Galaxy Note 2, however will be shipping with the latest version of Android (4.1).

The folks over at TechnoBuffalo got some hands-on time:

As aforementioned, the first version of the Note did pretty well with customers. Earlier this month, Samsung announced that it had sold 10 million of the stylus-laden devices worldwide. But whether it can do it again or not is still questionable.

In addition to the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung took the wraps off a number of other new devices today. Among those were a new Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ativ S, and a handful of familiar-looking Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrids.

But perhaps most interesting new product of the day was the Galaxy Camera. It’s one of the first few devices in a new gadget category that marries a beefed up point-and-shoot camera with a mobile operating system. The Galaxy has a quad-core processor, 4.8-inch HD LCD display, built-in Wi-Fi 3G, and 4G cellular options, and comes with Android 4.1. installed.

On the actual camera side of things, the Galaxy has a 16MP sensor and a 21x optical zoom. The benefits of combining these features with built-in wireless connectivity are obvious — imagine being able to snap, edit and upload photos to the web from such a camera, without ever having to connect to a computer. It looks good on paper for sure.

To give you a better understanding of what the Galaxy Camera is, here’s TechnoBuffalo again with a hands-on video:

With this being a brand new category of device, it’ll be interesting to see how consumers react to it. Will they be able to leave their smartphone at home and just carry this around? But even then this thing is still pretty bulky. And how long before larger camera sensors and better zoom capabilities make their way into smartphones? So many unknowns here.

At any rate, all of the above-mentioned products are expected to be on the market by the holidays this year. But so far, there’s no other word on pricing or availability.

So, what do you think? Will Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 be another hit? What about the Galaxy Camera?

  • Kok Hean

    I will only consider the next Nexus phone.

  • AMB_07

    Galaxy note 2 will build upon the first one’s success, that’s a given. But the Galaxy Camera, that’s a new one to me and it certainly sounds really interesting.

  • Ben

    Because I wanted carriers to control cameras under their contracts too.

    • AMB_07

      Oh how I hope that was sarcasm…

  • oh thats a phone? I thought it was the nexus 7… same size almost

  • Miras safadi

    Who the hell would want a smartphone-camera?! it’s really annoying, as i’ve seen in the video if just look around camera you’d probably touch something by mistake, it’s really annoying!! plus i believe apple could develop an iPhone with the a 16MP and 21x optical zoom camera at size of a smartphone camera(like the size of an iPhone 4s camera) in the near future

    • Shadowlink

      Why wouldnt you? I was looking for an actual camera with optical zoom and this is nice just think of the android os as an extra feature.

      • Miras safadi

        well.. i thought of it before i commented and it’s really annoying! i mean that it’s my opinion, if you disagree it’s ok.

    • I hope so. I think about the only thing smartphone cameras are missing is optical zoom.

      • Miras safadi

        yeah! i mean the iPhone 4s’s camera is great and all but if you zoom you’ll see pixels not a photo! i hope apple is planning to do this!

      • Gerard Hampton

        sony mentioned their new technology for lenses in their ifa show but it wasnt optical. optical zoom lenses will be fairly large so until they can shrink the tech and still be affordable it is probably a while away yet.

      • Miras safadi

        Yes i’m aware of that! And as i said up there “in the near future” 😉

  • Shadowlink

    That camera is pretty cool.

    • Gotta love the fanbois here who will down vote anything that goes against Apple. Saying that camera is cool, even though they know it really is fucking cool, they will down vote you any way because they are rabid iSheep. If that was an Apple camera and you said it was pretty cool, you’d have about 18 zillion upvotes.

      • Shadowlink

        True i like both apple and android i just will never understand why people have the need to restrict themselves to only one thing when both have their ups and downs.

  • Why oh why would you want one of these … Does it even fit into your pocket…

    • No more Obama

      you don’t want it to fit in your pocket if you are educated on the matter. a friend of mine is a lawyer for a cell company and they have been working on future cases that they believe will arise from people suing because of cancer. scary no?

    • Geeks on Hugs

      I’m not sure if it’s for me but I can totally see the use case for this: you use a bluetooth headset, you use a tablet, you hate carrying around two devices. Obviously if you are not interested in tablets or you actually use the handset I think it would be a bad choice.

      This is what is so wonderful about the Android platform: all these varieties of form factors that manufacturers are free to experiment with. The Padfone by ASUS is the coolest concept so far IMO. (It’s a phone and tablet and laptop computer in one device.)

  • a tablet that’s 5.5″ might be ok but a phone? no people won’t look stupid at all holding a tablet to their head, no not at all.

    that laptop is a blatant copy of a macbook air.

    that camera is just stupid. “oh let me bring my pmp with me, yeah i know it is a camera, isn’t it cool?” no, no it is not cool. what a load of crap samsung just dumped on the consumer.

    • If that had an Apple logo on the camera and running iOS, you’d jizz yourself thinking it was the greatest thing ever made. You’d think we’d hit the pinnacle of scientific achievement after it was released and that there would be no point living past that… but then again, you’d wait a year and buy another one, wait another year and buy another one and wait another year and buy another one.

      • Geeks on Hugs

        ROFL Apple invented the phablet you know. I’m sure they have a patent somewhere.

    • Geeks on Hugs

      I agree, that would look retarded, but a lot of people use bluetooth headsets 100% of the time. I would actually be more interested in a full sized tablet with a built in phone for use with bluetooth.

  • seyss

    neither a top phone nor a top tablet

    • Geeks on Hugs

      Yes, but a little of each. Different strokes for different folks.

  • JomaelOrtiz

    They use the installous icon for the downloads icon jaja

    • it’s a different icon than installous. Installous is a 3d type arrow that floats a bit up on the tip. The Samsung one is a straight down arrow with a green line. It’s not like up and down arrows have never been used for uploads and downloads.

      I think some of you are just looking for things to dog Samsung on. Did you complain when iOS 5 came out filled with tons of stuff from Cydia and Android?

      • Liu Zhenyu

        Srsly? Some
        People just dont learn? Why side with samsung? Apple released ios 5 which cydia tweaks not patented. You need to squint to see that it is not a installous copy.

  • samsung just don’t care about american lawsuits. that looks like a macbook to me, it may be running windows 8 now, damn that laptop looks cheap. like it’s made in korea, duhh

  • Gerard Hampton

    So samsung make android and windows, phones and tablets now.. should have that 1 billion for ya in a few months apple LOL

    The hybrid does look like a macbook with its colours, though there are a lot of ultrabooks that look like that also.

    Some great products from samsung announced i wonder what apples going announce this year. IOS needs a huge feature lift i think to compete now. will be very interesting what ideas apple takes from the JB community this time.

  • Nicek1d

    I hope Samsung learned their lesson on copying Apple designs.

    • No more Obama

      how do you like your notification center? now, where did i see that before?

    • yes because up until the iPhone came out, no one ever used rounded corners, shiny black surfaces or rectangle shapes before Apple. and icons to trigger something? how genius, thank god for the iPhone because I would not know how to open anything on my Windows or Linux PC without icons.

    • Geeks on Hugs

      If they learned their lesson, their next phone will be a triangle with razor shop corners, a fun house mirror screen and will feature head-butt to zoom.

  • samsung is lame

  • Yeah! Okay apple it’s your turn

  • Sound cool but I don’t really like Android Operating System…

  • Geeks on Hugs

    Once Apple comes out with the iPhad they should patent it, run a slick marketing campaign convincing the consumer culture that it’s amazing and worth far over market prices and that they must have it along with the fact that they invented the phablet and then sue Samsung for infringement.

  • ColoradoKidTK

    is it just me, or is this reviewer super scared to show the key features of this device? talk about shoddy… “I’m not left handed…” should that matter, especially if you hover over the screen with the stylus? I just feel that if this is an innovative feature, it should be represented in a more professional way.