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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Headed to Verizon as SCH-I605?

Remember how frustrated you were when Verizon passed on the original Samsung Galaxy Note? You likely won’t have to entertain that feeling again, as reports of a version of the new Galaxy Note 2 with Verizon radios and branding has surfaced today, along with a screenshot.  

The model number for the device will be SCH-I605, which matches up nicely to previously released Samsung devices on Verizon. The device will also reportedly run a quad-core Exynos processor and work on Big Red’s 4G LTE network. Everything else inside should remain identical to what we saw unveiled at IFA last month. You should see the 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 3100mAh battery, 16/32GB internal storage, microSD slot for expandable storage, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1).

Samsung appears to be attempting to push this device the exact same way that they did with the Galaxy S3. It should hit all carriers in the U.S. with the same form factor, an approach we can’t say enough good things about.

Ready for the Note 2?


Via:  BriefMobile

  • VERIZON!!!! COME ON!!! That Lg is UGLY and lame! This phone rocks!

  • Trevor

    Can’t wait for the WiFi notification

  • Tisoyboy2

    Any release date rumors?

  • Tisoyboy2

    Not a big deal having carrier name on a device, but since they have us advertising their service while our phones are pressed against our cheeks, they should kick out some ad money!

  • Tisoyboy2

    Woohoo……. Guess my GS3 will be up for sale!!!

  • Joey

    Anxiously waiting!!! This is so far good news I hope this is not fake news!!


    Great news. This makes my choice to replace the worst 4G Android phone, HTC Thunderbolt.

  • Clint O

    Give ME!!!!!!

  • jimmyJ1141

    Any idea when this might be released? I am waiting patiently. Still rocking the Droid Eris. Ugh

    • corymcnutt

      Doubt that we’ll see it until December…October overseas, but I heard December for the States…surely for the holiday season.

  • HeartStrong07

    Nice … looks like a good battle coming up between iP5, GNote2, GN4 and whatever HTC is cooking up .. now, if only Verizon could speed up the Galaxy Nexus updates, Samsung could have great book-end phones to challenge Apple

  • WOO HOO! Looking forward to re-upping my contract now.

  • ddevito

    Next Nexus rumors?

  • r0lct

    This and an unlocked bootloader would make a nice upgrade from the Gnex if the battery lasts at least a (real) full day. While I like the look of the RAZR HD I’m not going to forgo subsidized pricing for a dev edition until there is an incentive on the monthly plan to do so.

  • No way! This is really happening?? If true I will be very happy! LTE AND Exynos?? What’s the catch? They going to put 1.5gbs of bloatware on it..?

    • Paul

      The GS3 Exynos isn’t really any faster than the dual core S4 but takes a lot more power – which is what this phone is rumored to have. The phones coming out with the S4pro will be much, much faster – unless this turns out to have the new Cortex A15 based version of Exynos (which the S4 uses), but everything’s pointing toward the old version.

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  • Waitingpatiently509

    I too was going to leave after not being able to get in on the first Galaxy Note. I swore that if Verizon passed again I was leaving. I’m glad they finally came to their senses.

  • Yeah I think VZW pulled their head outta their butts and realized ppl wanted the S2…they didnt carry it and lost customers…gave us the Bionic…pissed a lot of ppl off…lost customers (so did Moto on that one, I’m on of them)…then they passed on the Note to add insult to injury. But they only pulled their heads out momentarily till they came up with these share everything plans a few months back…after my contract on my S3 runs out…really thinkin about leavin them…

    • Big Red Standing By

      Yeah, Verizon really “lost customers” when they didn’t carry the S2, that’s why they continue to post gains in postpaid subscribers every single quarter right? I love coming here and reading comments like this from special snowflakes like you because they are so hilariously out of touch with reality and it makes me laugh.

      • concernedcitizen

        Wow, if that is what makes you laugh you my friend need to get out more. So what if he thinks he’s a special snowflake? How does that hurt you? My guess? Your parents didn’t pay you enough attention. Its why you lash out at people for no good reason. Just read the comments or better yet, post a comment on the topic at hand which is the phone. let all that emotion and need for attention go. people will like you more if you’re not so angry.

  • iEspressoMyself

    DOING THE HAPPY DANCE AFTER WAITING ON PINS AND NEEDLES FOR NEARLY A YEAR!!! I JUST said today that if they don’t get it, I’m leaving them for sure, I’m tired of foolin around! Glad I’ll be able to stick with the company with the best service and customer care!

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  • J.D. P

    Ah well. Was really wanting the original Note. Didn’t come to Verizon so went with the S III. Ah well.

  • Carlos E. Sanchez

    this really wont be confused for an iphone

    • Big_EZ

      Are you kidding me? They look identical. Both have a screen, a button, a front and back, and their both rectangles. Samsung needs to quit copying apple and make an oval phone.

  • cooksta32676

    Any ideas on the exynos vs. s4pro? I may finally commit to this or the HTC beast coming . Maybe…LoL. Time for crack flashing is almost over.

    • jessiejames1209

      I’m just glad we’re finally going to have a choice at Verizon. I suspect they are both going to be great phones. I won’t even entertain a Note 2 until I see the new HTC. 1080p screen is ridiculous

    • seeingwhite

      The s4pro is factually superior, plus it has a much better GPU on board. That said, the exynos in the note 2 is still a great SOC.

      • cooksta32676

        The 2 reports I read say that it “obliterates” and “mops the floor” with Exynos and Tegra.

    • Paul

      It’s a more fair comparison between the 4412 Exynos and the dual core S4.

  • ThatsHowISeeIt

    Can’t wait to buy this on Verizon. So glad they are no longer absurdly changing the form factor for different carriers. It will be nice to buy accessories for the Note 2 not specific to one carrier or the other.

  • chris125

    Verizon logo on the home button? Wtf?

  • fanboy1974

    I’m watching the video; for the second time. LOL.

  • evltwn

    Quite impressive Samsung. Looks like a game changer.

  • Hopefully Verizon extends this phone kindness to the next Nexus devices… that’s about the only thing that will get me excited these days.

  • Bewara2009

    That’s what I thought Verizon…

  • interstellarmind

    nice that vzw is getting it… but if it has a locked bootloader, i’m totally switching to at&t

    • fanboy1974

      A Verizon branded Galaxy Note might be the first phone that I don’t care about bootloaders anymore. There’s so many bells and whistles and a quad core exynos on Verizon LTE is good enough for me. My crackflashing days might be numbered.

      • Jackson

        Yea I mean the reason we flash is to get more bells and whistles and a smooth ride samsung seems to have provided that.

  • Daniel

    Yes, please! It doesn’t, have the Krait processors the HTC 1080 phone is supposed to have, but I think I’d take this over having a non-removable battery.

  • bleeew

    I wonder how the 2-year price will be, considering how they racked it up on the Gnex.

    • fanboy1974

      Should not be over $300 for the base model. I can see the 16gig for $250 and 32gig for $300 but that’s being hopeful. I extremely doubt $200 with the Samsung S3 still officially at $200.
      Not to be a party popper but wouldn’t you pay $100 more for a Galaxy Note 2 over an iPhone 5? I would. I can sale my Nexus 7 and Verizon Nexus because the Galaxy note would be enough to replace both. Pocketable, powerful cpu/gpu, 5.5 inches and S-pen. Yes, I’m in love.
      Only HTC’s 1080p phone can stop me from getting a Verizon Note 2. We got to wait and see the official specs.

      • jessiejames1209

        We are living in exciting times my friend. Two great phones coming to Verizon? Who would have thought?

  • jnmigr

    Finally Verizon.

  • gangster phone

    I heard its gonna be $969

    • Jackson

      From where

    • jessiejames1209


    • JoshGroff

      It’ll actually be $666 because it’s one hell of a phone.

  • Robert Lamb

    Maybe its just me, but the phone is just too damn big. I love all the specs about it, just don’t want to carry a brick around with me. I’ll stick with the S3 and wait till me upgrade in April. Should be plenty of quad core phones to choose by then.

  • mini-me

    You miss the 64gb version. That’s coming out too. Not too happy with my 16gb S3. Looking for that 64gb. And the Home button will be branded with logos for the U.S versions.

  • Its reddit but someone claims to have tested it on Verizon http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/zg4dm/htcs_5inch_phablet_makes_an_appearance_in/

  • Superdroid

    Camping out in front of VZ store until it comes.

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  • Jackson

    Thank god I can’t wait I was praying for it to come to verizon, I’ve got unlimited so looks like I’ll be paying pull price for this bad boy.

    • Superdroid

      Any idea what the full price will be?

      • Jackson

        Nope but I’m gonna guess $599 like the s3 and the s3 will go to like $500

        • Ron_Swanson

          No way its 599.

          • Jackson

            Cant a guy hope

          • Justin

            It’s a likely price. It will be released at the same price the SGSIII was released at.

          • Jackson

            That’s what I think

          • Ron_Swanson

            Its superior in every way to the S3. I’m guessing it will be 699 or 750. I hope its only 599 because I’m picking one off contract…..but I cant see it.

          • Jackson

            Why wouldn’t it be?

        • Superdroid

          I’ll be all over it at anything under $700

          • Jackson

            Yea I probably will too

  • I want one.


    This? Or the 1080p HTC? Go…..

    • dnt no enough about it to compare yet .. winner for now is gnote2

  • Buckoman

    Nice move, Samsung. You made it physically impossible for Verizon to put their logo on the front of your device.


    • KOBALT

      It’ll be on the back

      • Buckoman

        Well, it’s always on the back. You can’t get rid of that. I just hate that on most phones, Verizon is on the front and back. It’s like they want to remind you what carrier you’re on, in case you forget.

        • GSAI

          The source says the VZW logo will be on the home button. Seriously.

        • corymcnutt

          I imagine when some looks over your shoulder to envy your cool device, Verizon wants them to know what network you are on.

      • William_Morris

        Considering this is a universal phone between carriers, I have a feeling you can purchase a back cover without VZW branding on it, unlike the coveted G-Nex.

        • NemaCystX

          and a Developer Edition

    • Jackson

      I didn’t realize that, maybe this will be the first phone in history to…. damn it my galaxy nexus doesn’t have the logo on the front either.

      • chris125

        Sgs3 doesn’t have Verizon on front either

        • Jackson

          Good point

          • Buckoman

            We’re moving forward, my friends.

        • it’s on the back though. But good news nonetheless.

          • michael

            I got chris hardwick, matt mira, jonah ray, and alison haislip to all autograph the back of my gnex, chris put his nerdist symbol right over the verizon logo, thankfully after a live nerdist podcast.

    • bleeew

      Unless they put it in the bottom corner and ruin the evenness.

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      The Verizon logo should be on the back that is it. Verizon wants to advertise their company to much.

    • I can buy your S3 for $150 🙂

    • Stew

      None of the iPhones have ever had carrier branding

      • LegalAmerican

        But they are iPhones. I would rather have carrier branding over every square inch of my Android.

  • chris125

    Woohoo!! Hope they keep the quad core processor. Def will consider it when it launches.

    • Thats what I’m hoping as well. If it keeps the quad-core, this will most likely be my next phone.

    • Jake

      I would rather forgo the Quadcore for Qualcomm chipset. If this ships with exynos, who knows what kinda cheap crappy 3g CDMA baseband it might also ship with?? Qualcomm would be best bet for overall device and reception. And really for October quadcore Krait S4 Pro wouldn’t be unlikely and would be even better than any Exynos that will be available then.

      • jnmigr

        Not sure about it but all my lte phone suck on 3G with qualcomm.

  • RyanTech85

    yes please!!!!

  • corymcnutt

    Man, I hope this is true…it will really make my Christmas! How reliable is the group that is posting this?

    • This is looking really good. I read another rumor yesterday of a guy who has tested the intuition, HTC phone, and the Note 2 all on verizon. Im getting pretty happy and confident its coming to us.

  • AhsanS

    Verizon already had a FB post showing off a Note 2, and talking about some upcoming deals or something.

    • Jackson


      • Yeah also interested in this.

      • AhsanS

        Ah, turns out it was a S3. My bad.

  • microdot

    Looks like im selling my s3. Man phones are coming out too quick. You cant even enjoy the latest and greatest for two months. Dont get me wrong i like it…my wife and wallet doesnt.

    • Indeed, I might try to sell mine for the Note 2 too.

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        What is the difference between this and the Gs3? If they do not have good radios, it will be a fail like other Samsung devices.

        • r0lct

          There’s no way a troll has a face of an angel.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            I know about technology, which is different. You are trolling right now.

          • r0lct

            Please link to any of your posts that show you have any insight into technology. I’ll save you the time, there’s none. You just troll then sign onto different accounts to agree with yourself. Doesn’t fool anyone.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            Stop crying already I will teach you about technology . Go play with your toy.

          • HTC1

            Sorry but he’s right. these Samsung radios suck!!!!!

          • r0lct

            “Samsung radios suck” sounds like ever radio they make sucks. So immediately we know he’s a troll. The GSM verison of the GNEX has no radio issues at all. The SG3 has no radio issues. Does the LTE radio have issues with the GNEX? Even if I agree, that doesn’t make all their other phones suck.

          • Big_EZ

            All I care about is what will work with Verizon, so yeah, all of their radios suck. Their gsm radios may work fine but that is of no concern to me and most others here. That said this is the first Samsung phone that makes me want to give up my Motorola reliability, I’ll just regret it in emergency situations.

          • Dr_Buttballs

            My GSII would like a word with you.

          • ChristopherSalse

            Your user name says it all

    • Leo

      Hahaha I’m with you on that one. I’m gonna get the note 2 then put my galaxy s3 on eBay to make up the money. My wife was like ok that’s fine as long as you make up the money for it might

    • microwave

      I’ve been on the OG Droid ready to upgrade, but a better phone keeps coming out. so annoying. think I’ll just get a note 2 and settle this once in for all.

      • jnmigr

        Haha by the time it is in store the next nexus would be announced. I will see u waiting for next great phone.

        • fanboy1974

          Feature wise I just don’t think the next Nexus will match the Note 2. Plus Google is not updating the OS for at least 8 months. We already have Jellybean on the current Nexus and it will be the starting OS for the next one. I don’t think Google needs a Nexus until their ready to showcase the next version of Android. Releasing a new one with Jellybean is pretty silly.

          • r0lct

            Unless they do something like 4.2 which is still JB but has a few new features. Like multiple users for tablets.

        • nhizzat

          If the next Nexus is as underwhelming as the current Nexus, no thanks. That leaked 9260 with a really weak spec bump isn’t going to cut it.

          • KleenDroid

            You either don’t own the device or are not into the ROM scene.

            If you ROM… the Nexus is the best thing out.

          • nhizzat

            Actually, I own a Galaxy Nexus, S3, Nexus 7, and a Xoom. It’s not about the roms, it’s about how well the device performs. Battery life, signal strength, and quality are more important to me.

          • KleenDroid

            I agree… and it performs wonderfully, battery lasts all day, great quality. The signal could be better but overall its a great phone. You must not feel the same as I do which makes me wonder what’s wrong on your end and why you can’t figure it out.

            And yes in my opinion it is about the ROMs. That is what a nexus is for.

          • nhizzat

            I’ve grown tired of constantly flashing roms to find features I might like and flashing kernels in search of longer battery life. What I’ve learned is that all roms are 99% the same and all kernels give you 99% the same battery life. I’m not going to find every bit that I can undervolt or change the way I use my phone or use Tasker to turn things on and off. I shouldn’t have to do that with my phone just to get through the day.

            I live in an area with poor reception (~5-7 miles from the nearest towers with trees and trees and more trees in the way) so it’s difficult for me to comment on battery life on a day to day basis. When I’ve spent extended periods of time in an area with strong reception, I’m still looking at 2hrs on screen and 10-12hrs total max. Battery life I can deal with though because I have spare batteries.

            Signal strength is far better on the SGS3 than the Galaxy Nexus and living where I do, that means far more to me than the massive number of AOSP roms that are generally all the same.

            And now, 9 months after buying the phone, I’m experiencing burn out (or burn in, whichever way you want to describe it) of the notification and nav bar which normally wouldn’t be an issue thanks to the manufacturer warranty. But I’m stuck between dealing with it or getting a CLNR which might not be able to hold a signal at all or has a screen that is blue or purple.

          • KleenDroid

            Overall I can’t disagree with this post.

      • cooksta32676

        My Romd DX limps through everyday, we’re in the same boat. I have this paranoia of upgrading.

    • nhizzat

      I’ll be keeping my S3 and selling my Galaxy Nexus instead.

      • wongjo

        You should wait, Galaxy note 3 coming out in three months LOL

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      You have a point. The gs3 if it has good radios and good speaker it is better than this because of the size.