Samsung has officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the update to its surprise stylus touting hit smartphone the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The new phablet (part phone, part tablet) sports a bigger screen, more sensitive pen and a faster processor than its predecessor, as well many new software features that make the most of the included digitiser pen.
Key of these new features is the new S Pen digitiser which has enhanced sensitivity - up from 256 pressure sensitivity levels to 1024 - a softer rubber tip and it's wider too for an easier grip. The screen has also been boosted from 5.3in to 5.5in, though the resolution hasn't changed.
A larger jump though comes in the form of the processor, which has been bumped from a 1.2GHz dual-core to 1.6GHz quad-core. This is accompanied by 2GB of RAM, microSD card slot and a large 3,100mAh battery. Despite this it's only 9.4mm thick and weighs a surprisingly low 180g – the 3.5in iPhone 4S is 140g.
There are some intriguing software additions too. A feature called Air View lets you hover the pen over items such as picture thumbnails or emails to get previews, while EasyClip lets you draw round anything on the screen and instantly copy it, letting you then paste it into an email or such like.
Other features include PopUp Note which will open the note taking app when you remove the pen from its holster and you can also write on the 'back' of photos in the gallery to record those all essential little details.
Arriving in October, the Note 2 will be available in grey and white, and looks set to be the big phone to beat.