We also managed to snap a few sample photos with the camera and even a video. As you can see, the lighting conditions are far from perfect, so the Note II didn't get a chance to show its full potential.
And here's the sample video (don't forget to choose 1080p and view it in fullscreen):
It's time to see how the Galaxy Note II handles some of our traditional synthetic benchmark tests. We stress-tested the GPU NenaMark 2, while Quadrant was our pick for an overall performance benchmark.
Within the Galaxy Note II operates the same Mali-400 GPU as in the Galaxy S III. Despite this, however, the Note II scored a tad less than its smaller brother, which we suspect is due to the pre-release software that it runs.
Still, it outperformed its GeForce-powered rivals by a wide margin and even managed to beat the Meizu MX 4-core in NenaMark 2, despite the shared chipset and the pixel count disadvantage (NenaMark is rendered at native resolution).
We've also included the benchmark results for the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The results seem rather low (quad-core CPU at 1.4GHz should have matched Galaxy S III). Keep in mind that the Camera is running Jelly Bean and Samsung is still working on it, so it's not final yet - we will rerun the benchmarks as soon as we can get our hands on a Camera with a software closer to completion. Even in its current state, the Galaxy Camera is the fastest camera around, for what that's worth.
Higher is better
Considering the 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 Quad that's powering the Note II, it's no surprise it easily beat the competition come the overall benchmarks. Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean doesn't hurt either and it's visible in the results below.
Higher is better