Samsung's Galaxy Note II is gradually rolling out to U.S. carriers, with confirmed release details so far from AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.
On Tuesday, AT&T announced that it would release the Galaxy Note II on Nov. 9. The oversized smartphone will cost $300 with a two-year commitment, and will be available for pre-orders on Oct. 25. AT&T is still selling the original Galaxy Note for $200 on-contract.
Last week, Sprint announced that it would release the Galaxy Note II on Oct. 25, with the same $300 price tag as AT&T, but no pre-orders.
U.S. Cellular is taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note II, but hasn't announced an exact ship date. The phone, again priced at $300, will ship by the end of October.
In the U.S., that leaves T-Mobile and Verizon, which have both promised to sell the Galaxy Note II but haven't announced specifics. TmoNews has reported on some leaked details for T-Mobile, claiming that the Galaxy Note II will cost $300 plus an extra $20 per month for 20 months with a Value Plan. Those plans are cheaper than T-Mobile's Classic Plans, on which the Note II will reportedly cost $380 after a mail-in rebate. We'll likely hear official word soon, as TmoNews expects a launch date of Oct. 24 or 25.
Samsung's Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch 1280-by-720p Super AMOLED display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. Its 16:9 aspect ratio makes it taller and narrower than the original Note. The stylus (or S Pen) is longer and thicker than that of the original Note, and Samsung has added some new functions, such as a notepad that automatically pops open when the stylus is removed during a phone call. The Note II runs Android 4.1, but with many of the same software tweaks as Samsung's Galaxy S III.
Although the phone-tablet hybrid was initially met with some skepticism in the tech world, the original Note fared well, with 5 million units sold in its first five months. Wireless carriers now seem eager to sell the gigantic smartphone (or “phablet”), and Samsung expects three times as many salesfor the Galaxy Note II in its first three months.
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