GALAXY NOTE II ARRIVAL IS NEAR! OFFICIAL DETAILS & PRICING ANNOUNCED
As you all know by now, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the smartphone/phablet I have been salivating over since the rumors first broke this summer. Today, we officially know when the Note II will be available for my favorite carrier, AT&T.
You will be able to pre-order your Galaxy Note II on October 25th, 2012, and the super-sized phablet will hit the shelves in AT&T stores on November 9th, 2012. The price has been announced at $299, which is similar to other carriers.
I'm excited about finally knowing the exact date that I'll be able to get my hands on this ginormous device with its quadcore 1.6GHz Exynos cpu. With that kind of power, I will be able to push this device to the limits as if it were a laptop or tablet.
I'm also excited that Samsung has decided to pre-load Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with this device. No need to worry about an over-the-air update in the future. You're getting the best operating system available at the time.
Yes, it will be fun to try out the new S-Beam feature for sharing videos, pics, and maps with other Samsung devices that have this built in, along with Share Shot for picture sharing among friends. But I am most excited about having my beloved S Pen Stylus. I think this is going to liberate me! No more taking paper notes!
The Galaxy Note II will be thinner than its predecessor, and it will have a slightly larger display within the same outer dimension. But the new 5.5" HD Super AMOLED display will have a 16:9 aspect ratio. That's similar to the iPhone 5, except a lot bigger. This will probably motivate me to catch up on all the movies on Netflix that I have missed over the years.
The AT&T version of the Galaxy Note II will be equipped with an LTE radio, but people in areas that are not served by LTE at this time will be able to enjoy surfing the net on the improved HSPA+ version of 4G service. That's fine by me, because I will mainly be using the device within WiFi areas and enjoying the tremendous display.
Are you in the market for an upgrade? What is your level of comfort with the size of the Galaxy Note II? Too big, or just right? Does a phablet hit the sweet spot for your gadget desires? Shout about it in the Disqus comments section!
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