CNET – Samsung will launch the Samsung Galaxy note 2, (a 5.5-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean “phablet,” a smartphone with tabletlike proportions), on the same five carriers that initially offered the Galaxy S3 this summer. Moreover, the smartphone will carry Samsung’s 1.6 GHz Exynos processor.
U.S. Cellular announced that it will sell the 16GB titanium gray color in late October for $299.99 — for those who preorder the device. It will cost $299.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate after the Note 2 arrives in stores.
Sprint said that it will offer 16GB versions of the Note 2 in white and grey, but will announce specific pricing and availability at a later date. T-Mobile said in a press release that it, too, will share more details in the coming weeks. CNET has reached out to AT&T and Verizon about their plans, but expect more details soon. Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 2 would come to carriers by mid-November.
The Note 2’s S Pen stylus makes it a different product than the Galaxy S3 (GS3) in many respects, but in others, the Galaxy Note 2 is a continuation of the GS3’s young legacy — the Note 2’s design builds on the same physical form as the GS3, but larger, and with the more flexible S Pen and attending software extras.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Samsung’s next-generation phablet.(Credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)