Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Units Arriving Without Advertised Feature

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which recently launched in the United Kingdom, is apparently arriving to some users without the split screen multitasking feature that Samsung recently displayed in a promo video advertising the 5.5-inch phablet device.

According to users on the XDA Developers forums, by way of PhoneArena, some units of the Galaxy Note 2 that touched down in the United Kingdom are not equipped with the split screen multitasking function that allows users to split the Galaxy Note 2’s giant screen and use two applications at the same time.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Moves Closer to Launch in U.S.

It appears that some units outside of Korea at this point don’t come with the feature baked into the Android software as was advertised. The feature can be seen in action in the video below.

It’s unclear just how Samsung plans to remedy the issue, if it plans to do that at all. We assume that it will likely issue a software update at some point in the near future but at this point, the company remains mum about the whereabouts of the feature on its brand new phablet device.

This could also mean that the United States bound Galaxy Note 2, which will likely be announced on October 24th, might come without the feature baked in as well. We imagine that it likely will have the feature on board as it won’t arrive for a few weeks or more but at this point, nothing is certain.

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The Galaxy Note 2 will likely hit the U.S. on October 24th.

The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to touch down in the U.S. on October 24th with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular all slated to launch the device on their networks.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 U.S. Launch Coming October 24th.

Several Galaxy Note 2 models bound for the U.S. were pushed through the FCC recently which means that a release is likely coming up very soon. If not by the end of October, then November at the very latest.

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The Galaxy Note 2 will come with a 5.5-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, 4G LTE speeds – even on T-Mobile which doesn’t have a 4G LTE network yet, S-Pen support and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Comments

  1. Amy says

    Some units have older firmware.
    Via twitter: Samsung to update all Galaxy Note II devices soon for multi view option!

  2. TheMethod says

    Honestly it still packs more than enough features to convince me its definitely the next phone I’ll upgrade to.

  3. Rohit says

    Ordered mine from expansys a few days ago, and it should be here by the 4th so I’ll let you all know what I know think.

    I switched from the GT N-700 to the i717R so I’m curious to see how much of an improvement it really is.

  4. Frank says

    samsung has already said that they will push a firmware update out soon that adds the multi windowing. I guess the first batch of Notes went through before they had the update, but anyone with a N7100 firmware > XXLIH has it. Most of the early ones have XXLIE. Since the firmware already exists, there’s no reason why they can’t just push it out OTA any day.

  5. Victor Rios says

    Sería lamentable que este dispositivo, tan esperado, no traiga la opción Multitasking. I suppose Samsung will say sth about it this days. I will wait.

    • Victor Rios says

      Galaxy Note 2, version N7100XXALIE, doesn’t have the multitasking function, but the versión N7100XXALIH, have this function. Be carefully when you buy this phablet.

  6. Nish says

    Adam, that you for informing us about this! I’m pleasantly surprised that website are now reporting the truth to the end consumers rather than hushing things up for the corporates to ensure their VIP passes, exclusive invites and demo models, like they did during the Note 1 screen banding and the “black-crush” issue that left users uninformed and in the dark until they had already purchased the product and experienced it themselves!

    Know, I trust you will be a god boy and keep us updated if early adopters of the Note 2 have similar issues, won’t you, Adam???

    Thank you for your sincerity!

  7. sami says

    I got the new one on 10/29/2012 updated the firmware with newat version it does not do multitasking. Call Tmobile and searched online but no option fixed so I will return it. Any news to fix the issue please let me know

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