Samsung announces Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera, and ATIV brand

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Big anouncements from Samsung today at IFA!

Following the success of the first Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II comes with an even bigger 5.5" Super AMOLED HD display, as well as an upgraded S-Pen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Note II will have 1,024 levels of S-Pen sensitivity instead of the old Note's 256, so artists and doodlers have even more flexibility. The Note II runs on a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, one-upping the Galaxy S III at 1.4 GHz quad-core. This may be the fastest Android device ever. The Note II comes with the familiar Pebble Blue and Marble White finishes that we've seen on the Galaxy S III.

Next up is Samsung's first Android-powered camera, the Galaxy Camera. It looks like a regular point-and-shoot from the front, but it's equipped with a 4.8-inch HD SLCD touchscreen on the back. It comes with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, an 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a 1650 mAh battery, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with a 21x zoom lens. There will be WiFi only, 3G, and 4G versions of the Galaxy Camera.

Lastly, Samsung announced a new brand for Windows-based devices called ATIV. ATIV products include ATIV Smart PC, ATIV Smart PC Pro, ATIV Tab, and ATIV S. ATIV Tab is Samsung's first 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet measuring 8.9mm thick and comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. ATIV S is Samsung's first Windows Phone 8 device with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU and a massive 2,300mAh battery. Oh, and ATIV is pronounced "ah-teev." ATIV is VITA backwards. VITA is Latin for 'life'. I guess someone else took Vita.

What a massive announcement! If they were trying to get our attention, just one of these would've sufficed. Prices and launch dates have not been announced for these products, but we can expect all of these to come out before the holiday season at reasonable prices.

Winston