Despite your feelings about the Galaxy Note II’s size, there’s no denying the U.S. market is ravenous for the colossal handset. Ever since the device made an appearance at IFA, Samsung has had fans in a rampant frenzy — and rumors of its eventual carrier destination here in the states have done nothing but further stir up the hive.
But finally the Samsung duct has been breached, and we know (nearly) everything there is to know about the Note II. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular subscribers get ready, because the Godzilla phone is about to invade your carrier.
Samsung announced on Wednesday that consumers can expect the Note II to land on five different carriers by mid-November. That’s frustratingly opaque, though exact pricing and dates are expected to be shared by individual carriers soon, likely after the iPhone 5 releases so nothing is consumed during this Friday’s launch day madness.
When Samsung began dreaming up a Note sequel, it’s obvious the company wanted to go as big as possible — and I’m not just talking about the 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (16:9 aspect ratio). The iteration landing in the U.S. will come equipped with Samsung’s Exynos 1.6GHz quad-core processor that’s optimized for both 4G LTE and HSPA+ 42 networks. Web browsing and streaming movies has never been easier on a smartphone.
It’s the first Samsung device to launch with the double duty killer feature — what an enormous one-two punch right to the iPhone 5’s gut.
Described as a “significant leap forward,” the device’s breakneck speeds will easily supplement user experience with enhanced S Pen functionality and apps — Easy Clip, Air View, Quick Command, Idea Sketch and Photo Notes. Samsung said the Note II’s redesigned S Pen can sense 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity — four times the original — which means it’s easier than ever to create content and write notes by hand.
Other Note II specs include Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (microSD expandable up to 64GB) and a 3,100 mAh battery. Big phone, humongous specs. I know the Galaxy S III is still relatively young, but this might make you consider switching.
There are plenty of other bells and whistles churning beneath the Note II’s robust frame, including multitasking features, and some of the Galaxy S III’s prized exclusives: S Beam, Share Shot, Burst Shot and GroupCast.
All in all, Samsung is unleashing a brute to the market. The company isn’t skimping in any department as far as specs are concerned, and, if you can handle the size, everything else pales in comparison. It’s the biggest thing Samsung has ever done, both in size and scope. Look out for carrier announcements to drop soon, and stay tuned for a hands-on with this behemoth device.