By Keerthi Chandrashekar ( | First Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:28 AM EDT

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Good news. Samsung has finally lifted the veil of secrecy regarding details about the Galaxy Note 2 handset in the United States. After not revealing anything but a "by the end of 2012" hint, the Korean company tells us that the handset will be initially released by the same carriers that launched the Galaxy S3.

This means that AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular customers can all have a chance at trying out one of the most powerful handsets on the market. 

The original Galaxy Note was exclusively carried by AT&T for most of its lifetime, until T-Mobile had a brief stint with the device before deciding to invest in the Galaxy Note 2. It surpassed expectations, and despite what many thought was an unwieldy 5.3-inch screen, went on to sell over 10 million units throughout its lifetime. 

Samsung expects the second to do better, stating it expects 20 million sales for the Galaxy Note 2. 

Samsung also said that the Galaxy Note 2 would hit the United States in mid-November, and if its launch is anything like the Galaxy S3 launch earlier this year, expect to see a staggered release across carriers. 

The Galaxy Note 2 is one of the most impressive handsets on the market. Underneath the massive 5.55-inch HD Super AMOLED display lies a 1.6GHz quad-core processor running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The U.S. version will retain all of the specs of the international models, including 4G LTE and 16, 32, and 64GB storage options. The phablet also sports a redesigned S Pen for all your creative needs. 

No pricing information was released by Samsung, although each carrier will probably price it around the same, much like the Galaxy S3.

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