The Verizon Galaxy Note 2, which still is without a release date, has popped up at Best Buy stores in the form of demo units ahead of its eventual launch on the carrier’s 4G LTE network.
Droid-Life has unearthed some photos which depict the Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Note 2 at a Best Buy store. The device is not yet available to buy but demo units have apparently been set up anyway.
In the photos, we can see the Verizon-branded home button that consumers are a bit peeved about and we can also see that the demo unit is running the split screen multitasking feature that the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 just received by way of an update. This could mean that Verizon will be shipping the device out with the powerful multitasking feature on board instead of providing it through a future update to the device.
We also catch a glimpse of its $799.99 off-contract price though that price will likely just apply to Best Buy. The retailer has a habit of marking up off-contract pricing on Android devices.
The fact that demo units are being displayed is a sign that a release is close, even though Verizon continues to remain mum on the subject. The device is currently up for pre-order with a ship by date of November 27th, but as of yet, Verizon hasn’t disclosed when the Galaxy Note 2 will be come available to purchase without a pre-order.
Thus far, all signs point to November 29th as its release date, a date that falls just a few days after the Droid DNA, its 5-inch smartphone competition from HTC, will go on sale. The Droid DNA arrives on November 21st.
Verizon will likely be making an announcement a little later on this month as it tends to wait until the last second to reveal its release date details when it doesn’t disclose them at launch events.
Demo units being displayed is a good sign that something is at hand though so those interested just need to practice a little more patience. We’re closer than ever to a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 release.