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Samsung Makes the Galaxy Note 2 Official, Coming to the U.S. Later in 2012

It’s official – Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has been announced at IFA. The device, which may remind you of the Galaxy SIII from a design point of view, packs some pretty nice specs. For starters, it features a 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display at a resolution of 1280×720, runs Google’s Jelly Bean OS, and is powered by Samsung’s quad-core 1.6 GHz Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM. As a plus, it comes with HSPA+ and 4G LTE connectivity for compatibility with as many carriers as possible. 

Along with the device itself, Samsung has re-done their S-Pen, giving it new life with redesigned software and features. Along its backside, the device houses an 8MP camera and a 1.9MP camera along the front for HD recording. Inside the device is a massive 3,100 mAh battery for long life.

Launch is set for sometime in October for most European, Asian, and Middle East markets. As for America, Samsung had this to say:

Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy Note II, which will be available later in 2012. Building on the success of the original Galaxy Note, we’re confident that the Galaxy Note II continues to redefine what consumers should expect from their smartphone and delivers a powerful, innovative and unique experience. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.

So, any takers?

  • fresh05

    Verizon is not getting the note 2, the company is going elsewhere in the market.

  • interstellarmind

    I will ditch verizon for at&t to get this phone, without a thought. Your move, vzw, you want my $150 a month or should I go give it to at&t?

    Besides, Google loves GSM and I rarely ever have to leave NYC. I won’t be able to hold on to my unlimited data forever.

  • zbx

    Home button – ewww

  • zbx

    Earphone jack on top -ewwwww

  • EL Big CHRIS

    WHY do they keep making it with capacity buttons! I would get one even if paying full retail but man onscreen nav keys would make this so sweet!

  • Krnkinka

    I don’t know… it might be possible that if verizon don’t carry Note 2 HD AMOLED version, they might carry Note2 Flexible screen version which is coming out either in November or December this year. Frankly I don’t like AT&T reception.

  • Nagini

    Isn’t that the same screen the S III has? PenTile??

  • norseman

    My Verizon contact confirmed that they will get the Note II, but couldn’t confirm if it will be with the dual-core (suspect this for LTE) or the quad-core…

    • anon

      The quad has lte. NO reason for them to stick a dual core in it.

  • iceman23

    Please let the US version have the quad core snapdragon S4 processor, instead of the exynos one. Then I will quickly jump ship from the S3 to this. Otherwise I’ll just stay with the S3

    • cb2000a

      You might have your wish….

  • feztheforeigner

    Why is America always last in line?!

    >:(

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      We’re not last… the rest of the world is beta-testing our sh!t for us.

  • D

    to bad this is not the galaxy nexus II

  • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

    Wow!:) Cannot wait!:) Verizon you’d better. I’m just sayin.

  • seattledude

    I’m guessing USA version will be with out any on screen physical buttons?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Pretty sure it will look just like this…..just like the S3

    • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

      No it should have the nice home button like the S3. I like being able to find at least one button by touch. This looks great! Can’t wait to get it! BETTER come on Verizon this time around.

  • ThatsHowISeeIt

    I hope this phone is available on Verizon. They will sell millions of this phone. I don’t know what business case Samsung or Verizon can come up with to not release this phone. It’s arguably the best Android phone ever made.

  • mitra88

    If this one comes out on VZW, though I am still on a contract from my GN, I will definitely but one off contract. Looks so nice!!!

  • cooksta32676

    Don’t you get more usable screen without on screen buttons? My DX went from 4.3 to 3.95 inches with ICS buttons. Just curious….

    • bigillz

      Yes, you sure do. Love that they keep the separate buttons – much prefer them and much prefer keeping the extra screen real estate soft buttons take up. They also make long-press actions from any scenario possible, where soft keys might not be displayed / work that way in that context.

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Yep… love my Rezound for that reason — 4.3″ screen with four capacitive buttons on the bottom.

  • Greyhame

    Nah, I’d rather take the LG Optimus Vuuuaaahhhahahaha… couldn’t get through that with a straight face. 16:9, as it should be.

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      “VU? More like P-U…. amirite?”

  • jmasterj

    Why is the screen lower res than the original Note (1280×800)? Production Issues?

    • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

      To account for todays viewing standards. I want more resolution but people complained of clipping and sizing issues with the first one because of the odd proportions:/ Still this is my next phone. Exynos with LTE, a 720 5.5 inch screen, 2GBs of ram, an Spen for creativity and note taking, and a 3100 mah battery will destroy everything on the market.

  • Steve Douglas

    I’m either looking at this or the HTC XXL beast that’s been rumored. Even after the thunderbolt debacle, I love HTC”s hardware and they listen to their customers more than other vendors… Either way the large handed, fat fingered guys win! :)

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Indeed! Bring on the quad core S4 & 2GB RAM 1080p beastie already!

  • Immolate

    I will buy this if it comes to Big Red. I won’t make the mistake of going to AT&T for the big phone (again).

  • cooksta32676

    Looks like a giant iphone… how about another billion dollar lawsuit. LoL

  • cooksta32676

    This looks like a super sized iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/DaCatalyst Clayton Anderson

    Bring on the 5-inch HTC! Quadcore S4! If it all that lines up with the way Sense has been scaled back on the One X and coming with a Super LCD 2 1080p display, I’m holding out!

    • Steve Douglas

      I’m there with you!

    • cooksta32676

      My friend does graphic design for a video game company. He said that the upconvert engine would be running non stop on a 1080 device due to the majority of items online being less than true HD. It would murder batteries.

  • Leo

    If the US version gets the same specs then damn right I will get it. A little big but hey Netflix and YouTube will look better on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marnett05 Mike Arnett

    “Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version” Soooo, it’s gonna not have a quad core. COME ON SAMSUNG!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.pascascio Dale Pascascio

    I’m going to purchase this fine machine. It is so choice!!!!

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    The good I am taking away from this announcement is that they described the processor which suggests that the US variant will also get the quad processor.

  • zepfloyd

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    Well, I guess there goes quad core Exynos in ours…

  • Adam Cox

    Dell streak was ahead of it’s time. if hey only waited 1.5 years they would have had a hit!

    • Big_EZ

      It’s main flaw was that it was a dell.

  • drkatt

    Have to carry a man-purse to house this baby. No thanks.

    • iNfAMOUS70702

      “You’re not really wearing that are you?..Wearing what?…The man purse. You actually gonna wear that or are you guys just fu#*ing with me?.. It’s where I keep all my things. Get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it’s not a purse, it’s called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.”

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      It’s a ‘M-urse’.

  • Will84

    Getting tired of this, Samsung, every country and continent will have the Galaxy Note 2 and the U.S again the last place on earth to release it. But no one cares, not even Samsung. I just wish the U.S would be the first place to release it.

    • Stevedub40

      It’s all about market my friend, we live in an “i” world. That being said, I am with you 100%

  • storm36x

    And the US version will probably only get an S4 dual core chip in ours..lol

  • Tim

    Coming to Verzion I trust?

  • Bewara2009

    Dear Verizon If you don’t get this, guess what I will do….

    • droidify

      The same thing I will do:
      bitch and moan about how bad they suck but do nothing because you enjoy having LTE in virtually every city in the US.

      • ThatsHowISeeIt

        Actually I already looked up the ETF for my Verizon line and will be switching to 4G on At&T if Verizon decided not to carry this phone. It is worth it. I’d prefer to stay with Verizon but it is up to Verizon whether they offer this phone or loose me to AT&T.

      • cb2000a

        I will clue you in. ATT’s network is very fast with my Note on HSPA+ here in Hawaii. And yes it is an awesome phone.

    • http://twitter.com/stevenrn Steven Bobulsky

      Agreed. This IS my next phone.

    • Carlos

      me too!

  • duke69111

    I guess that last paragraph means that the US is going to get a dumb’d down version of the phone. :)

    • Paul

      Or they mean phones with the hardware that works with US networks. Also, the s4 was a much better processor since it used smarter architecture leading to being just as fast, if not faster, and having better battery life.

      But nonetheless this phone will slow compared to the S4pro phones that should start appearing even in US phones this year.

  • Rob

    Wanted the first one… now just hoping VZW doesn’t disappoint me again…

  • TheDrunkenClam

    They need to ditch the physical button

    • cb2000a

      Probably won’t be on the U.S, version.

  • UrDoGG

    Really nice specs, but it’s just too damn big.

  • Knlegend1

    Home button = design flaw

  • http://twitter.com/belogical2 Be Logical

    Verizon?

  • gokusimpson

    They left the home button there again?? Whyyyy

    • Nick S

      I’m guessing it’s a middle finger to Fapple since they can still get away with it. At least, that’s how I like to imagine it, so seeing that stupid button again & again on their phones won’t bother me so much.

  • http://twitter.com/Xeneize480 Xeneize480

    so its my GS3 in a bigger version?? :/

    • kixofmyg0t

      Actually its the GS3 MAXX. Wait for the GS3 MAXX HD in different colors.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Erickson/563313398 Travis Erickson

        Bazinga

      • J Nano

        haha nice one. On the other note, im guessing 3100mah battery or above is going to become to standard battery on smartphones

        • cooksta32676

          Moto scrapped theirs from excessive heat and cracks on the Razr MaXX screen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.yager Joseph A. Yager

      I guess I’m not sure what you were expecting? Not everyone wants a 5.5 inch screen with a pen, but some people would think it’s perfect…

  • http://twitter.com/ITGuy11 Shawn Villaire

    I don’t understand why they announce a product when it is 2 months away from going on sale.

    • paul_cus

      Right? Just makes it seem stale by the time it actually drops.

    • http://twitter.com/DaCatalyst Clayton Anderson

      Right. I’m no *Phone fan, but at least there releases are within 7 days or so. It’s not that difficult to manage. Try telling your child your going to Disneyland 2 months ahead and see if they don’t harass you everyday. Common sense isn’t so common.

    • cb2000a

      Actually about five months in the U.S.

  • androidscreen

    It’s a beast. Already got a Gnex and SGS3, not sure if I can rationalize buying this off-contract, but I might anyway!

  • alias747

    Delicious…. too bad Verizon will never see it….

    • mustbepbs

      Why too bad? Clearly Verizon is putting its stake in the Intuition! You should trust in that. It is a much better phone, after all.

      /s

      • ThatsHowISeeIt

        Ah the LG Intuition POS pile of garbage. Its the perfect phone for morons who don’t know the Galaxy Note 2 exists.

        • cb2000a

          Personally, after seeing friends use (or try to) LG phones I would not own one.

    • possomcrast

      People said the exact same thing about the s3.

      • Big_EZ

        People said the same thing about the original note.

        • possomcrast

          Touché.

  • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

    haha i bet that means the US will FOR SOME REASON get dual core LTE lol

    • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

      It says exynos WITH 4G LTE support, and comes in HSPA to be able to be used by all/most carriers.

  • http://twitter.com/garhomes Garland

    Not a big fan of cargo shorts so, no, no takers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

      They actually fit in regular jeans, believe it or not. Can’t wait for this. Luckily the resale value of my GSIII is still high enough to probably break even!

    • r0lct

      I can fit my N7 in the jeans so I’m sure this would fit too.

    • Tyrian

      Lemme break out my Jnco’s

  • Destroythanet

    NBA players worldwide are rejoicing!

    • http://twitter.com/GRZLA Grizzly Atoms

      Every single one of you complaining right now must have had your tiny phones too long. Shortly after upgrading the Galaxy Nexus I knew that I would want a phone with a bigger screen in a year. I don’t have overly large hands either.

      • Ken Bosse

        I never thought I would want bigger than a 4.3, but I love the S3 screen size.
        Now the 5.5 is looking good too

        • Michael Hutwagner

          thats what she sad lol

          • Ken Bosse

            +1

        • cb2000a

          Yes it is a big phone, but once you have one you won’t want to go back to the smaller screen. And the stylus is a great addition. Since owning one I don’t use a tablet near as much as I used to.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nick.torres.984991 Nicholas Torres

      loll