The company completely dissected the smartphone and posted the labeled components on its official website on Monday. Here’s a look at what the Galaxy Note 2 is really made of.
Display components. The Galaxy Note 2’s 5.5-inch display is one of the world’s largest HD Super AMOLED panels, featuring a 16:9 screen ratio. Below the display panel is a digitizer that creates the electromagnetic field capable of detecting the S Pen’s movement. The Note 2 can sense movements made with the S Pen as far as 12mm away from the screen.
Bracket. This is where you’ll find most of the additions to the Galaxy Note 2’s hardware. The thin bracket contains components such as the camera, antenna and speaker among other parts. The main antennas and speakers are capable of picking up a range of radio communications from various regions around the world, Samsung’s website says. The 8-megapixel camera, 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, proximity sensor, light sensor, earphone jack and vibration monitor are found in this bracket.
Main Circuit Board (Mainboard). The mainboard is comprised of more than 1,000 core parts that work together to power Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2. The 1.6GHz quad-core processor, chips that enable LTE and HSPA+, internal memory storage space, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips, gyroscope and accelerometer are found in this main circuit board.
Back Case. The Galaxy Note 2’s rear casing contains its GPS, Bluetooth and diversity antennas.
Battery Cover and NFC Antenna. The NFC antenna transfers data over a short distance, allowing devices to share content instantly and wirelessly.
S Pen. The S Pen stylus that comes with the Galaxy Note 2 has undergone a redesign that makes it longer, thicker, and more comfortable to hold. The new S Pen comes with a dedicated button that enables features such as Easy Clip and Quick Command.
The Galaxy Note 2 launched back in August and managed to sell 3 million units within its first month. Although Samsung’s smartphone comes with the long awaited Jelly Bean operating system and boasts speedy specs, users should beware.
On Monday a user in the XDA developers forum discovered a security flaw that affects Samsung devices using the Exynos processor models 4210 and 4412. This includes the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S2, according to ZDNet. A fault in Samsung’s implementation of the Android kernel is believed to be the cause behind the issue.
“The security hole is in kernel, exactly with the device /dev/Exynos-mem,” XDA user alephzain posted.
Community members of the forum have said that Samsung has been informed of the issue. The company has not commented on the matter, but with the widespread attention this flaw has attracted it’s only a matter of time before Samsung issues a fix.
To see more photos of the Galaxy Note 2’s dissection, be sure to head over to Samsung Tomorrow’s official page.