The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in Titanium Gray and its S Pen stylus (Photo : Samsung)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has been hitting international markets to much fanfare and praise, but for those of us in the United States, it will finally make its debut next week. The phablet is highly anticipated despite its larger-than-life size, and if you're thinking of picking one up, here's the nitty gritty on the five carrier releases based on details revealed so far.
Sprint has been the only carrier to give a specific release date for the Galaxy Note 2. A recent press release states that the Galaxy Note 2 will be available to Sprint customers on October 25, one day after Samsung's launch event in New York City. Sprint will offer the 16GB Galaxy Note 2 for $299.99 with a standard two-year contract.
Carrier U.S. Cellular was the first to begin taking pre-orders, pricing the Galaxy Note 2 at $299.99 as well for the 16GB. Except, instead of a specific release date, U.S. Cellular is stating that the handset is "scheduled to ship at the end of October."
There hasn't been much from T-Mobile, other than a leaked internal document that hints at an October 24 release date. Don't worry though, T-Mobile is sure to try and ship the device out as soon as possible since the carrier is facing flak for not carrying the iPhone 5. The pricing should be around the same as Sprint's and U.S. Cellular's (although keep in mind that T-Mobile does charge more for the Samsung Galaxy S3).
Oddly enough, there hasn't been much information from the nation's two biggest carriers AT&T and Verizon. Both carriers are confirmed to offer the Galaxy Note 2, but neither one has released any specifics. Perhaps both are too busy selling iPhone 5s, but a November Galaxy Note 2 release date is looking like the most likely scenario.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will feature a 5.55-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, 4G LTE capabilities where applicable, and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Coupled with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the S Pen stylus, this will be one of the most powerful handsets to ever hit the United States.
Will you be picking one up? And if so, on which carrier?