The Samsung Galaxy Note II is the successor to the wildly popular Galaxy Note. The original Note was a giant-sized phone at 5.3” screen display, and the Note II is even bigger at 5.5”. The Note II was released to the international markets in August 2012. US release dates lagged somewhat, depending on carrier. For this review, we will be looking at the T-Mobile variant in particular.
November 5, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
You’ve probably heard of TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP) by now. We’ve mentioned it here on the XDA Portal a few times in the past, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular recovery options available for a rather large selection of devices, both old and new. And when you look at what it’s capable of, it’s easy to understand why. One of the latest devices to receive a port of this feature packed recovery is the Sprint Galaxy Note II thanks to XDA Recognised Developer bigbiff who released version 2.3 of TWRP. Some features of TWRP include:
On top of all this, the recovery itself is fully open source, giving people the opportunity to create builds for unsupported devices as they see fit. TeamWin states that they are looking for talented developers and themers to help with this project. Links to the source are available in thread, along with instructions on how to go about theming TWRP.
If you’re interested in finding out more about TWRP, check out the original thread for more info.
October 29, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
We recently gave three devices a home in our forum. Not too long ago, we created a forum for the international Galaxy Note II. Now, it’s time for the US variants. Coming in as the successor to the wildly popular first generation Note, the Note II builds on its predecessor by increasing the screen size and processor speed, while decreasing device thickness slightly to 9.4 mm. Packing a powerful 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, the Note II is certainly no slouch. The fast processor is coupled with 2 GB of RAM, and either 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal storage. The device ships with a modified version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and features extensive Wacom active stylus functionality.
Next up is the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. The device comes in as the flagship device for the late 2012 Droid RAZR line. Serving as the big brother to the recently added Droid RAZR M, the RAZR HD offers a larger and higher resolution 4.7″ 720p Super AMOLED panel and a larger 2530 mAh battery. The rest of the specs, including the 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 and internal memory, remain unchanged compared with the M. All of this is wrapped up in an 8.4 mm, splash-resistant casing.
Finally, we have the Meizu MX. The MX is quite the interesting device. While it features category-leading specifications, many in the western world have never been exposed to the device. Earlier this year, we had our own XDA TV Admin Jimmy McGee gave the device a closer look. Now that kernel source code has been released, we have decided to give it a place here as well. Featuring either a dual-core Exynos 4210 or a quad-core Exynos 4412 (both clocked at 1.4 GHz), its specs trade blows with the flagships of 2011 and 2012. In fact, the processors used are shared with the Samsung own flagships, the Galaxy S II and III. In addition to a fast processor, the device features a 4.0″ 960×640 ASV display, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, an 8 MP camera, and a 1600 or 1700 mAh battery (depending on model).
Want in on the action or simply want to discuss these exciting devices? Head over to the newly created forums!
October 27, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
We love a good hardware modification here at XDA, and one of the most popular seems to be adapting a device for wireless charging. Such modifications are usually relatively simple to perform by making use of the HP Touchstone wireless charging unit and a device case designed to work with the charger itself. XDA Forum Member Ryan_G has posted details of how he was able to achieve wireless charging on his Samsung Galaxy Note II. As if that weren’t cool enough, it takes less than ten minutes and is quite inexpensive.
The list of components you’ll need to try this for yourself is as follows:
To sum up the procedure as briefly as possible, you take the induction coil from the Touchstone case and attach it to the inside of the Note’s back cover. Providing this is done correctly, you should be able to reattach the battery cover. And upon placing your device on the charging dock, your device will recharge without any physical attachment. If you’d like to try this out for yourself then check out the original guide thread.
As I said before, this is quite a popular modification that can be made to several other devices such as the Galaxy S3 and the Xperia Arc. So if you aren’t a Note II owner, it’s worth checking your own device’s forum to see if this possible for you as well. Be warned, though, as it isn’t always as simple as the method described above.
October 6, 2012 By: Conan Troutman
There’s no disputing the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a beast. This thing is gigantic in every respect. Whether it’s screen size, internal storage, or RAM; there isn’t another device out there that measures up. That also appears to extend to its official firmwares, which weigh in at a whopping 1043 MB. How do I know this? Well because XDA Recognized Developer Faryaab was kind enough to very recently update his official firmware thread for the Note II with a link to the European 4.1.1-based ROM.
This particular update seems to be generating a fair bit of excitement, as it brings the “Multi Window” feature that had been been previously unavailable to some device owners out of the box. Of course you don’t need to actually own the device to download this and pick it apart. Perhaps this rather nifty feature may even make its way to other Samsung devices (i9100 first please, nudge nudge, wink wink…). There are likely plenty of other things worth checking out in there as well. At least one would hope so in a ROM that size.
If you are looking to update to this latest firmware, this can be flashed via Odin. You should be aware that if you are from a region outside of Europe, this will alter your CSC. Head on over to the stock firmware thread to get started.
September 29, 2012 By: FallenWriter
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the most anticipated phones of the year. As the next successor in the popular “phablet” line of Note devices, its massive form is only matched by its powerful specs. It has a quad core Exynos processor and 2 GB of RAM that will surely be taken advantage of in every way possible upon its heralded release. The pace for development has already been set, thanks to XDA Forum Member Chenglu, as CWM Recovery version 18.104.22.168 is now available for the N7100 and i317 versions.
That’s right. The device hasn’t even been released, and a developer here on XDA has already managed to load a custom recovery. One can only imagine the amazing works in store for this device as root and custom recovery have already been accomplished. Of course as of the moment, this will trigger the flash counter and must be flashed through ODIN, but if you’re looking for that instant fix the moment you buy your phone, you’ll know where to look.
So head on over to the original thread and give this beast a spin (when you get your device of course).