As we approach the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launch date in the United States, we are beginning to get a clearer picture about what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 U.S. release date. Thus far, only one carrier has confirmed the Galaxy Note 2’s release date and on the heels of that, we wanted to fill you in on the latest in regards to the Galaxy Note 2’s debut here in the United States.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a highly anticipated 5.5-inch Android phablet which will be replacing the original Galaxy Note which debuted in the United States earlier this year on AT&T. The name phablet is derived from its unique screen size which is much bigger than your average phone. It also employs a S-Pen stylus, a device that is typically used with slates.
And while many were skeptical about the device’s chances the first time around, the Galaxy Note succeeded where other phablet devices like the Dell Streak failed.
Now, it’s time for the sequel, the Galaxy Note 2, a device that features a larger HD screen, a faster quad-core processor, an improved S-Pen, a larger battery in a thinner frame, and of course, 4G LTE speeds and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Still, there are two key elements that remain missing for some of the U.S. bound Galaxy Note 2 devices. Namely, price and release date. Last month we got our first taste of pricing and earlier today, our suspicions were confirmed. We also got our first look at a release date for the Galaxy Note 2 in the U.S. That being said, let’s take a look at everything we know about the Galaxy Note 2 U.S. release date thus far.
AT&T Galaxy Note 2
As of yet, AT&T has not released any information about the Galaxy Note 2 release date other than to say that it will arrive sometime in the future. At this point, we have our suspicions that all Galaxy Note 2 release dates might not be created equal.
In a press release yesterday, AT&T stated that the LG Optimus G would be its first smartphone using a quad-core processor and 4G LTE, the same hardware found on the Galaxy Note 2.
Problem is, the LG Optimus G is coming out on November 2nd. So if AT&T’s press release was accurate, and at this point, we have to assume that it is, the carrier may not launch the device until November. Of course, there is hope given that Sprint will be launching its device in October and we advise interested parties to stay optimistic.
As for pricing, we imagine that AT&T will be charging $299.99 on-contract, the price that was tacked on by Sprint today and U.S. Cellular. a few weeks ago.
Sprint Galaxy Note 2
Currently, the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 is the only U.S.-bound Galaxy Note 2 with an official release date and pricing. Earlier today, Sprint confirmed a Galaxy Note 2 release date of October 25th, just a day after the Galaxy Note 2 launch event in New York.
It also confirmed pricing at $299.99 on-contract, which should be the pricing across the board.
T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2
T-Mobile, which recently released the original Galaxy Note, only to opt for the Galaxy Note 2, is rumored to be launching the Galaxy Note 2 on October 24th. However, it’s unclear if, in T-Mobile speak, launch means launch or release so a release date for the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 remains unknown.
T-Mobile was able to get the Galaxy S III out before any of the other four carriers which means that we could see a launch early in the game rather than later.
As for pricing, T-Mobile typically charges a premium on high-end devices but without support for 4G LTE, we doubt that it does something similar with the Galaxy Note 2.
Verizon Galaxy Note 2
Thus far, we haven’t seen any clues as far as the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 release date is concerned. The carrier did just launch the LG Intuition and it’s about to launch the Droid RAZR HD so it could be that it’s waiting a bit before it delivers the Galaxy Note 2.
Of course, we have heard that a 5-inch Droid Incredible X phablet may launch in November so Verizon might be still trying to decide when to release the Galaxy Note 2.
As for pricing, expect it to be competitive which means $299.99 on-contract.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 2
Last but not least is the U.S. Cellular Galaxy Note 2 which has been up for pre-order for $299.99 on-contract since September. Originally, U.S. Cellular told us that the device would be shipping out in October and at this point, again given Sprint’s announcement, we have no reason not to believe it.
Unfortunately, the carrier has not passed along an official release date yet but if it does plan on releasing the Galaxy Note 2 in October, we expect to see a release date emerge soon.