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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Coming to All 5 Major U.S. Carriers by Mid-November

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Note 2 will indeed launch, as expected, on all 5 major U.S. carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular. While they are leaving specific dates and pricing up to individual carriers, the press release below does mention that they should be out by mid-November. We get the feeling that it will be a staggered launch between carriers, but Verizon customers should be excited to learn that they aren’t getting passed up like they did with last year’s Note. 

What’s sort of surprising and awesome at the same time, is the fact that the U.S. Note 2 will run Samsung’s 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and LTE, something we did not see with the Galaxy S3. The device will also sport 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, a microSD slot for up to 64GB of external storage, a 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, 3100mAh battery, and is the first from Samsung to launch with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Aside from the power, one of the other key selling features here is the newly revamped S Pen that gives you ultimate creative and efficient control. New features like Air View (hovering the pen like a mouse), Quick Command and Easy Clip make creating and sharing content a breeze.

Samsung also included many of our favorite features from the Galaxy S3, such as Share Shot, S Beam, Popup Video, Burst Shot, and Allshare. Oh, and check out the snazzy new Flip Cover colors that Samsung will have available (below).

We spent some time with the international Galaxy Note 2 last week and came away impressed.

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Samsung Mobile Introducing Galaxy Note® II in Time for the Holidays with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular 

Redesigned S Pen and apps, sharing capabilities and quad-core Exynos™ processor enhances productivity, creativity and performance

DALLAS — September 19, 2012 — Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States1 – will launch the Galaxy Note® II in the U.S. with five major carriers by mid-November. Exact pricing and retail availability will be announced by each of the carriers.

Optimized for the fastest 4G LTE* and HSPA+ 42 networks, the Galaxy Note II combines some of the best capabilities of the Galaxy S® III with an enhanced S Pen and new S Pen apps, the processing power to multitask like a PC, with a larger screen yet in a thinner, lighter form factor. The Galaxy Note II enables consumers that want a larger format device to create, collaborate and now share original content faster and easier than before.

“The original Galaxy Note® created a new category of smartphones by combining the best of a smartphone with the best of a tablet. In less than a year, Samsung sold more than 10 million globally demonstrating the category is taking hold,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “The new Galaxy Note II is a significant leap forward for the category.

Power & Performance

Galaxy Note II marks the U.S. debut of Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6 GHz quad-core processor optimized for LTE networks. It has 2GB of internal RAM; and comes with 16 GB of onboard file storage and supports up to 64GB of additional memory with a microSD® card. Collectively, these deliver easy multitasking, lightning fast screen transitions, powerful browser performance and minimal app load time.

The Galaxy Note II is the first Samsung smartphone to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which brings stunning graphical capabilities and an upgraded Google Now service, including new features such as contextual search. It is also a SAFE-designated device, which means it has additional security features to safe-guard sensitive data and communications.

The Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touchscreen with 16:9 aspect ratio, the standard for true HD video viewing, and comes with a 3,100 mAh battery, which is 24 percent larger than the original Galaxy Note.

Despite the much larger battery, the device weighs slightly less than the original Galaxy Note. As a result of a narrower bezel on all four sides of the screen, the screen is larger but the overall device is narrower. The Galaxy Note II is available in Marble White and Titanium Gray color options.

Create & Collaborate

At the heart of the Galaxy Note II and the ability to create and collaborate is the S Pen™, which has been ergonomically redesigned to provide a more precise and natural writing and drawing experience. The new S Pen can sense 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, four times more than the original S Pen.

When the new S Pen is removed from the Galaxy Note II, it automatically launches the S Pen menu, which opens a new home screen that allows one-touch access to most used S-Pen applications. Keeping track of the S Pen is simple now too because a visual and audible alarm appears if the user forgets to put the S Pen back inside the device.

The S Pen’s advanced features provides the ability to capture ideas, inspiration and information instantly, and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen, such as adding new calendar appointments by writing the event details directly on the day of the week, signing or adding handwritten notes to an email.

Selecting and cropping text, images or other content on the Galaxy Note II with the S Pen is very similar to a traditional “click-mouse” experience. When the S Pen’s side button is pressed down, the S Pen recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content on the screen. Users can draw precise lines around the content to be cropped out, highlighted or copied into another application.

Key applications of the S Pen include:

  • Easy Clip feature allows users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content through coloring, shading, or their own personal handwriting.
  • Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, calendar entry, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it or wait for screen transitions. This feature also enables users to preview Web site content without opening the full site. Air View provides a title description for unrecognizable icons in various applications.
  • Quick Command, the S Pen quickly activates applications and services people use most often. The command pad appears with one upward swipe on the screen with the S Pen button pressed down. Users can send an email, make a call or search a location with pre-registered and customized S Pen strokes marks made on the command pad.
  • Idea Sketch – allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords on the S Note. It provides illustration images that match the handwritten keywords. It’s a fancy illustration match function that will allow users to express, organize and visualize ideas in a more innovative and creative way. Users can even customize and add in their own illustrations library.
  • Photo Notes which allows you to create handwritten notes on the back of digital photos.

Multitask & Share

The Galaxy Note II takes multitasking to the next level by enabling consumers to launch multiple windows on one screen, including high definition video. Multitasking features include:

  • Popup Note lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window to jot down a quick note during a phone call, checking email or watching a video.
  • Popup Video extends the concept of ‘Popup Play.’ While watching a video, with the touch of a button, the video will become a floating window on the display. The video will continue to play and it can be re-sized or repositioned to any part of the GALAXY Note II’s screen. This versatility means that users are free to load other applications beneath it to browse online or work in other apps such as email, calendar or text messaging.
  • Popup Browser launches a new browser window when a user clicks on a link embedded in an email.

The Galaxy Note II contains many of the popular, real-life content sharing features introduced in June on the Samsung Galaxy S™ III including:

  • S Beam – Tap back of Galaxy Note II against another S-Beam-enabled device to share large video files, documents or S Notes in seconds without using data service.
  • Share Shot – Seamlessly share pictures taken with Galaxy Note II’s 8 megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away.
  • Burst Shot/Best Shot – Capture rapid-fire still pictures with zero shutter lag; choose picture with optimal colors, lighting and clarity from Best Shot image recommendations.
  • AllShare Cast™ and GroupCast™ have been expanded on the Galaxy Note II. Share premium video content, mobile games and movies and TV shows from Samsung Media Hub wirelessly with Samsung Smart TVs, laptops, tablets and other consumer electronics.

Customize & Accessorize

  • Protective Flip Cover – Samsung’s unique flip cover enhances the look of the Galaxy Note II with a premium leather front and glossy backing, while providing privacy and protection. The Protective Flip Cover comes in seven vibrant colors to customize the Galaxy Note II, including Titanium Gray, Marble White, Blue, Pink, Mint, Lime Green, and Orange.
  • S Pen with Eraser – This ergonomic, full-featured S Pen features a button for gestures and an eraser tip for easy corrections. This updated version of Samsung’s original S Pen truly mimics the feel of a pen or pencil.

For more information: Visit us at www.facebook.com/samsungmobileusa 

Samsung Mobile is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States, based upon reported shipments, according to Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Marketshare, Q2 2012. Samsung Electronics Company is the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide, based upon reported shipments, according to Strategy Analytics Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: Q2 2012.

*4G LTE when used in relation to the Galaxy Note II refers to the fact that the device can operate on the relevant carrier’s LTE network

Samsung, Galaxy, Note, Exynos, AllShare, S Pen and HD Super AMOLED are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

About Samsung Mobile

Samsung Mobile (Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC), a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung) is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world’s most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • gbeagle

    I’m on my fourth thunderbolt, mostly due to longevity of having it. But THIS will be my next phone.. though I would like to stick with HTC I will switch for this..contact up in Nov. Fricken perfect

  • Mei

    I would get this if I did not already have the Galaxy S3. Wished they have use higher resolution though.

    Just saw comparison video between Note 2 and S3. It looks much bigger.

  • corymcnutt

    I am so ready to buy this on Verizon…I could care less about the branding. I’m not quite sure why we need a physical home button, but I will live with it.

  • Aaron Decker

    Just take my money already!

  • Droid_Dude

    Well, I see what my Christmas present will be this year!

  • Where would one sell their gs3 unlocked and rooted running a custom ROM. How much do you suppose I could get for it.

  • Answer2K1

    Judging by the possible release timeframe, how would this affect the release of a new VZW Nexus phone, if they’re sticking with the same announcement/release timeframe as last year?

    EDIT: I love my Gnex (especially with Bugless Beast), i’m just curious about the next possible VZW Nexus (doesn’t that feel like an oxymoron at this point?).

  • Mario Mendez

    * Throws money at Samsung…

  • paul_cus

    I wish some of the other OEMs had the cache like Samsung to be on all carriers. It’s the best move.

    • Butters619

      I assume Moto is going to hop on this train now that Google is in charge.

  • I want it, but I think it’s too big to go running with…the only downside I can see 🙁

  • reyalP

    Looking forward to this device but not on Verizon! Locked bootloader and branding all over the phone make me puke.

  • This is great! My next phone indeed. =D
    Cant wait till next month.

  • Im still sitting on a Droid 2, so yeah I am getting this phone, damn upgrade has been burning a hole in my pocket since May

  • Joey

    Can’t wait to get it for Verizon bye bye Droid and iPhone!!

  • Pegleg

    At least with this phone you have a reasonable date of availability! Not like MOTO and VZW with the RAZR MAXX HD!

    • Butters619

      Last rumors pointed to October for the Maxx HD.

      This Samsung Memo says should be out by mid-November. (and actually there is no official Verizon release date)

      So your comment confuses me.

      • r0lct

        Especially with Verizon it’s all moot. IT doesn’t matter what their partners want. They release it when they see fit.

        • paul_cus

          Exactly. Just like that Incredible 4G LTE phone that took forever to launch after it was announced for Verizon.

  • Hope the community can unlock the bootloader on the VZW one like they did for the SG3!!! If so I am game for this phone… Oh and if someone want’s to make some money, it might be a good idea to sell stickers for that damn button 😛

  • CJFord08

    I just got my SIII so I’ll wait til my contract ends. By then they’ll probably have out the Samsung Galaxy Note IV with Android 6.0 Ice Cream Cake. :]

  • JTLcpa

    I currently have a Thunderbolt and cannot stand the battery life (I am always charging it). I was thinking about the Maxx HD until I saw this has a 3100 mah battery. Do you guys think it will have similar life to the Maxx or not (due to screen size)?

    • Paul

      It won’t due to screen size and less efficient processor.

      • JTLcpa

        Which has a less efficient processor?

        • AhsanS

          The Note, probably.

        • Paul

          The Note 2’s is less efficient on power and no faster.

          • JTLcpa

            I am not all up on the specs…but I figured a quad-core would be at least faster than the dual-core Snapdragon on the Maxx? I figured it may be less efficient, but definitely faster. Am I mistaken? Thanks for your help!

          • Paul

            Nope. It’s not any faster because its architecture is older which makes a difference. Like how a dual core i5 is a lot faster than a lot of quadcore processors out there. GHz and amount of cores don’t matter as much as a lot of people think.

            Just look up benchmark tests between the European Galaxy S3 and the American one. The american one had the same processor as the maxxHD and the european has the same as the note 2 (besides a few minor changes).

          • JTLcpa

            Awesome…will do. Thanks for the help. So, if you were me (with the biggest complaint being battery life in the TB and not caring about rooting), would you go for the Note II or the Maxx? I mostly use the phone for emails, phone calls, text messaging, and some light browsing. No movie watching and very light on games.

          • Paul

            I would think both would last the day for you. I’d see how the Note 2 feels in your hands and by then there will be real world tests of this phone on battery life. I’d just wait until November to make the decision.

          • JTLcpa

            Gotcha. If both “feel” fine, which would you choose based on my intended use?

          • Paul

            Bigger screen is always better if it’s comfortable to hold imo. (Well, if the colors look wacky or something… but these both should have nice looking screens)

          • hot_spare
  • i know this isnt really what matters..just a perk a like, but does the htc one or htc in general have a rgb LED or whatever multicolor led that is used?

    • Butters619

      Nope. Green or red

  • Is it just me, or does the hover feature seem really silly. I really like the the phone, but can’t see a use for that “feature”.

    • It’s actually pretty cool. Say you are on a website that has menus built in, you can hover like a mouse to see them without having to actually tap.

      • I could just see myself trying to hover all the time and accidently tapping.

  • Knlegend1

    I really want to care about this device but Samsung can’t justify that darn button. I can get rid of touch Wiz but that button is just silly.

    • didn’t want the button either, but I actually don’t mind it at all on my GS3.

    • BSweetness

      Unless they could have made the bottom bezel as thin (or nearly as thin) as the bezel on the sides (which is unlikely due to the microUSB port and microphone), I don’t mind physical buttons. If there’s going to be enough space at the bottom for physical buttons regardless of whether or not the device has them, I’ll take the extra screen real estate (5.5″ vs 5.2″) rather than having on-screen buttons. But of course, if they could make the bottom bezel small enough that there’s no room for physical navigation buttons, I’m all in for the on-screen variety. But we have yet to see that. So far, all of the Android phones released with on-screen buttons still have a sizable amount of space below the screen, whether it be bezel (Galaxy Nexus) or housing (RAZR M).

      However, I definitely would have preferred a capacitive home button.

      • Knlegend1

        That’s what I’m saying. I’ll take capacitive buttons but not that physical one. Actually they could add the on screen making it 5.2 which is big enough.

        • Paul

          But then they’d have a phone that’s much bigger than the much faster dlx phone, with only a .2″ difference in screen viewing. Well at least on verizon, but verizon has a ton of customers.

  • Paul

    Too bad they don’t have their newer processor though. I’d be a little afraid that I couldn’t play a lot of good games by the time my 2 year contract is up. Still considering.

  • HTC1

    Isn’t 5.5 too big? And hows the battery on these things. Will it be like the MaxxHD (life wise)? these arn’t smart a$$ questions. I’m really asking

    • Paul

      The processor is about the same speed as the Maxx HD’s but not nearly as efficient. That, along with the smaller screen, should make the Maxx HD last a good while longer.

    • I’m curious about the battery as well, I heard the last one was around 8 hours on a good day.

  • Christopher Hsu

    A perfect combination is a 4.X ” screen plus a nexus 7 tablet for anything you want to view on something slightly larger. Keeps you agile. This is getting too big.

    • JoshGroff

      4.3-4.7 with a 7″ tablet rocks. I guess it depends on the top/bottom bezel and edge-edge screen when you get closer to 5″. The note 2 looks just a little bigger than the G-Nex.

  • Detonation

    Specs look amazing but I can’t justify getting a phone this big.

  • BSweetness

    Take my money right now Samsung and Verizon.

  • MichaelFranz

    Right now it might be this, depends on what HTC shows today or how impressive I am by the LG Optimus G. As good as the quad core exynos is, that quad core S4 is a beast!! You can’t deny that

  • smartguy05

    Its probably going to be between this or the next Nexus. Of course they may not even make another Nexus for Verizon they way they have been with the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Ken Bosse

    I bought the GS3 at full price cause I wasn’t due for a upgrade. I’m eligible in November and may have to think about selling the GS3 and picking up the note 2. It all depends on 2 things..which I think VZW already decided. Locked bootloader + VZW logo on the home button.

    • Anakin Solo

      +1 on everything you said

      • Ken Bosse

        I could deal with the small vzw logo..but chancing the boot loader is not good. I was pretty bummed when I heard it was locked, and as time went by I started to think it would never get unlocked. Android community came through!

  • Caprica_6

    Laughing from the basestar now. Goodbye Thunderbolt. Hello Note.

  • r0lct

    New front runner for next phone, well until the HTC 5″ and next Nexus are revealed.

  • Anakin Solo

    This would be my next phone, but I refuse to own a device with a carrier label on the home button. What the heck Verizon? Why uglify this device?

    • r0lct

      it’s a sticker

  • Terrance Gilmore

    This will be my next phone. Bye Thunderbolt. Any guess on pricing? $250?

    • I would guess $250, hopefully no more than that though.

      • Terrance Gilmore

        And just in time for an upgrade. No more HTC phones for this guy. Droid Eris, Droid Incredible, Thunderbolt all had major issues and no support.

        • Paul

          The Eris was horrible. What problem did you have with your Incredible? Mine never had any issues.

          • Terrance Gilmore

            Reboots, dropped calls, I think mine just sucked.

          • Low On Space and zero support from HTC.

          • Paul

            When it came out, most of it’s competitors didn’t even have usable onboard storage. It’s 8GB was a lot then…

          • hkklife

            MANY new phones still have <8Gb of internal space (or at least less than that usable). I think of LG in particular, as they hobbled the Spectrum , which had otherwise nice specs, with 4Gb internal storage for apps. The Inc was SO ahead of its time in 2010, as was the Droid X.

          • different issue all together. they had a “low on space” bug that never got fixed. there was plenty of space, but it always showed it was low.

          • Sirx

            Please confirm that you NEVER once got the “Storage space is running out” bug that the DINC came up with whenever I used about half of the internal memory. I went through 8 (count them: EIGHT!) different models, and that bug persisted through each of them >:-(

        • Bsody

          Only problem I had with my DInc was a blown speaker which was easy to fix, otherwise it was a little beast of a phone back in the day. Hell, its currently running ICS AOKP.

    • Beezey

      the original note started at $300, i would imagine the same