Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Camera Launch in Africa
Samsung has ticked off another box in its headlong rush to release the Galaxy Note 2 across the world. After making its way across Asia, Europe and most recently, North America, the South Korean manufacturer’s latest creation has hit Africa, and an event in Cape Town, South Africa was used to mark the device’s arrival in the region.
The Galaxy Note 2 packs a 5.5-inch screen with 720p resolution and has a unique S Pen stylus input option. Effectively, the so-called “phablet” is a scaled-up version of Samsung’s mid-2012 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3. As such, it shares not only the overall design language, but also the chipset.
Despite this, the Galaxy Note 2’s quad-core Exynos 4 processor gets a 200MHz clock speed increase to 1.6GHz, and with 2GB of memory, gets double the RAM of its smaller brother. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powers the new device.
Samsung also announced the availability of its Galaxy Camera in Africa during the Cape Town event. It’s a curious little device that merges a point-and-shoot camera’s capabilities with the internal components of a high-end smartphone. This device essentially combines one of Samsung’s recent cameras (most likely the WB850F) with the Galaxy S3.
It’s certainly far chunkier than a smartphone or a tablet, but the Galaxy Camera does have physical camera controls, a 16-megapixel sensor and up to 21x optical zoom that makes it more camera than tablet in terms of capabilities. It doesn’t have a phone function, but the device is compatible with 3G and 4G wireless internet, and is likewise capable of accessing the rich library of Android applications due to its use of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.