The Verizon Galaxy Note 2 will likely feature release date and pricing different from the rest of the Galaxy Note 2 models heading to the U.S., but it’s now confirmed to have at least one thing unique about it. Its home button.
Several weeks ago, a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 leaked to the surface sporting what appeared to be a Verizon-branded home button. Many chalked up it as either a sticker or the fact that the phone was a prototype but as it turns out, the Verizon-branded home button is the real deal.
Samsung just put up press shots of all of the Galaxy Note 2 devices and very clearly, on the press image, we can see a Verizon logo displayed firmly on the home button itself. None of the other carriers have such a button and the only other difference we’ve found is the lack of a Sprint logo on the back of its Galaxy Note 2. All of the other devices have their logos on the back.
Here is the Verizon Galaxy Note 2.
And here is a photo of the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2. Notice that its home button at the bottom does not have a branded home button.
Of course, for many, this won’t be too big of a deal but for many others, this kind of cosmetic difference, especially on something as important as the device’s home button, might be an annoyance. Verizon is known for exerting control over its devices and it appears that the Galaxy Note 2 will not be any different.
We also imagine that the Verizon version of the device will be the only version of the Galaxy Note 2 that comes with a locked bootloader though that, at the moment, remains unconfirmed.
The Verizon Galaxy Note 2 will likely go up for pre-order tonight at midnight though we aren’t quite sure when the carrier might release the Galaxy Note 2. Thus far, we’ve heard that it might not be shipping out until November 29th, which could mean with some kind of Black Friday deal. At this point though, we’re unsure if that’s the case and hope that Verizon releases it sooner.
We do know that the carrier will likely release the phone for $299.99 on-contract whenever it does arrive.