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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Release Date: What to Expect



As the month of July winds down, we inch closer to a rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 2 launch date that is supposedly going to be taking place at an event in the United States on August 15th.

Samsung hasn’t confirmed anything as of yet but we have seen two different reports that say that August 15th will indeed be the day that Samsung unveils the U.S.-bound version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. An unveiling of the international Galaxy Note 2 would then take place on August 30th or August 31st at IFA in Berlin. Again, neither none of these dates are confirmed.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Release Date, Feature, Design and Spec Rumor Roundup.

The Galaxy Note 2 is rumored to be a massive upgrade over the original Galaxy Note phablet. The device is rumored to have a 5.5-inch display with 720p HD resolution, a quad-core Exynos processor, 4G LTE data speeds, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a design based on the Galaxy S III and an upgraded rear camera.

And while the device remains in the shadows, those specifications seem likely considering how many leaks have spouted up over the past few weeks indicating the same thing.

Needless to say, owners are excited about the prospects Galaxy Note 2. However, they are also interested in the Galaxy Note 2’s release date which has yet to be revealed or rumored.

Even without a specific release date, we can take a look at what consumers should expect from a Galaxy Note 2 launch should it, in fact, launch next month.

Galaxy Note 2 Release Date in August/September/November

If Samsung does announce the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for the United States on August 15th as has been rumored, then consumers should expect it to either launch in August, early September or November.

Often, Android manufacturers will announce a device and release it a month or two later. This likely won’t happen with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as Samsung is fully aware that the iPhone 5 is looming on the horizon.

Expect a Galaxy Note 2 release date in August or September.

The iPhone 5 is widely believed to be launching in either later September or October so it would make sense for Samsung to either launch its device before or after the iPhone 5 launch.

Launching before it at least gives it a preemptive strike against Apple and that’s why August and September seem to be the front-runners at this point.

Release Date Not Given at Announcement

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S III, it only gave a launch month for the U.S., a launch month of June. It did not give a specific release date for the device. This is a common occurrence for Android smartphone launches, especially major ones, and we expect this to happen with the Galaxy Note 2.

Carriers might still be finalizing dates. They might be outfitting it with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Or they might withhold a date to keep Apple off-guard. Whatever the case may be, we don’t expect a specific release date to arrive at the event on August 15th.

Samsung had trouble with the Galaxy S III launch.

Last year, the Galaxy Note launched in the U.S. long after it was officially announced. We don’t think that will happen this year with the announcement apparently taking place in the United States.

Tons of Demand and Trouble

The original 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note was a surprise hit with consumers. Samsung was able to push out over 10 million Samsung Galaxy Note’s worldwide and the demand for the Galaxy Note 2 should be even higher now that Samsung has a proven success.

Read: Verizon Galaxy S III Launch is a Mess.

That could spell trouble for Samsung and consumers hoping to get the Galaxy Note 2 early.

Samsung had a difficult time keeping up with demand for the Galaxy S III and it’s possible that the same thing could happen with the launch of the Galaxy Note 2. We know that consumers are excited about this device and the improvements that Samsung has made and that could make for some release date issues.

AT&T, At The Very Least

The Samsung Galaxy Note has, for most of 2011, only been available on one carrier in the U.S. That carrier of course is AT&T. The Galaxy Note will be headed to T-Mobile in August.

We fully expect AT&T to carry the device again at launch, on part due to its popularity and because AT&T needs all the help it can get in its fight against Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

However, that success may have other carriers smelling blood. Consumers on Sprint and Verizon have been pleading for a Galaxy Note ever since the device became an AT&T exclusive and they might just get their wish with the Galaxy Note 2.

It helps that Sprint now has a 4G LTE network and that Verizon has an absolutely massive one. Samsung, like Apple, likes to make money so it’s possible that it will take its Galaxy Note 2 to carriers other than AT&T.

If Multiple Carriers, Multiple Launch Dates

If the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does launch on multiple U.S. carriers, we expect separate release dates for the device. Carriers tend to launch shared devices on different days to avoid conflicting with each other and we expect the same for the Galaxy Note 2.

That might mean that while AT&T’s model gets an early launch, the launches on carriers like Sprint and Verizon might take place a week or even a few weeks down the line.

Hopefully, the release dates don’t resemble those of the Galaxy S III which saw a completely jumbled release date where carriers launched the device in an extremely staggered manner.



  1. smartazz2012

    07/27/2012 at 1:06 pm

    Well, it’s about time other carriers get a bite! I was mentally preparing to bite the bullet and break my sprint contract because of the Note. I will still do it if sprint does not release the Note 2 by the end of September when I am eligible for an upgrade!

    Looking back, It is logical that ATT got an exclusive. Samsung was not expecting to sell so many phablets. The other carriers probably was shocked as Samsung when an overwhelming amount of their customers were asking for this smart phone on “steroids”. They lost quite a bit of sales because of that deal.

    With the “surprise” hit of the original Note + GS3, hopefully Samsung has developed a better strategy to supply the demand!

    • Nyssa

      07/31/2012 at 12:23 pm

      I also have sprint and I will also break my contract to have that. It has both and it is so awesome. S3 sold very well and I think the Note 2 will also I just hope that there won’t be any delays.

    • Kal Drooby

      08/16/2012 at 11:39 am

      Since the introduction of the Samsung S3 , the Samsung Note looks outdated and is needed up hauling. Hence the Note 2. I hope that when introduced to the US Market the Note 2 will carry a 16:9 ratio like the iphone 5. Apple has become the leader in innovation, designs and technology which other companies are following. If Samsung Note 2 new 5.5 inches comes out with a 16:9 ratio screen it will give Samsung a head start.

      As 2012 the leaders in this business are Apple (OS) and Samsung (android). They left everyone else back in the dust trying to catch up.

      • trob6969

        08/16/2012 at 12:51 pm

        Don’t mistake sales for innovation. Although Apple and Samsung are leading in phones sold, neither are the industry’s leader in innovation. HTC was first to bring a phone with a front chat-cam to market, first to bring a 4G phone, first to bring a full GHz phone, first to bring a dual-core phone, first to bring a dual-core with LTE, first to bring a 720p ‘true’ HD display to a phone, and with the DLX HTC will AGAIN be first to bring 1080p HD to a phone. So who is the real ‘innovator’ in the smartphone industry?!…HTC just doesn’t promote their phones even close to the level of Apple and Samsung, big mistake.

  2. Andy

    07/27/2012 at 7:10 pm

    Say Samsung announces the launch on Aug 15; they’ll likely give launch dates on that day. Are they also likely to announce which carriers will be supported eventually? I’m on Sprint, and can buy a galaxy s3 Wednesday, but if I can wait a couple weeks and find out if sprint will carry the note soon I’d rather do that.

    • Nyssa

      07/31/2012 at 12:28 pm

      You might want to wait so that you won’t kick yourself in the butt in case it does come to sprint.

  3. Joey

    07/27/2012 at 8:18 pm

    This is great news that the galaxy note 2 will be out for Verizon. Im still going to hold on just a little longer. I got a upgrade now and I do want the galaxy note 2. I owned all the droids and I’m tired of Motorola. I’m now with the iPhone 4s it’s nice but I always wanted the note!

  4. Joe

    07/28/2012 at 1:13 am

    I’m counting down the days! I’ve been able to renew my contract with Sprint since May, but I’ve been waiting to see if the Note 2 will come to the carrier. If it doesn’t, I’m off to a carrier that does get it.

  5. Sarah

    07/28/2012 at 1:18 pm

    Forget contracts. I’m sure the phone will be really expensive but I would love it if you bought the phone on it’s own and then took it to different service providers. Everything I’ve read so far keeps reiterating that it will be able to connect in a huge variety of ways – I hope this means I could take the phone to a different carrier! A little number crunching can save a good chunk of money. I’m on Verizon but don’t like it. They are sneaking in more fees, then fees on top of those fees and just don’t offer a phone with the features I’m looking for. AT&T is horrible but getting a pay-as-you-go or a set monthly service looks a lot better than it used too. Expect to pay $150 a month for service on contract for two years plus $299+ for the phone. PAYG plans are the norm just about everywhere but the US. I’m sick of the fees so I’m ready for the Note2 to come out already! My phone is horrible!

  6. trob6969

    07/28/2012 at 4:48 pm

    I was interested in the Note 2 until i recently learned of an HTC device that has a 5″ 1080p HD display and supposedly has LTE and the quad s4 A15 processor due to its unprecedented benchmark results which are nearly twice as fast as the fastest phones out now. IF the rumored specs of the Note 2 and iphone 5 are accurate then this HTC phone makes them both outdated before they’re even released.

  7. Hmm

    07/29/2012 at 10:15 pm

    I sure hope the Note 2 will have 2 GB of memory ram, plus a removable battery and SD slot. And the reason I will not go for an HTC is because HTC is actually trying to mimic the iPhone and have no memory card slot and no removable battery. As far as LTE and Quard core goes? Nope, not yet. Not any time soon.

    • trob6969

      07/30/2012 at 3:55 am

      I’m with you on the SD slot and removable battery but according to the phone’s model number its likely the successor to the rezound and thus should have those two features. Hopefully it will…the Korean version of the S3 has a quad processor AND LTE so its not far-fetched to think this new HTC phone does too.

  8. Hmm

    07/30/2012 at 6:02 pm

    Don’t confuse the Korean version with the NA version. The Korean version [Quad Core] does not have LTE. That is a limitation within the chip.

    • smartazz2012

      07/30/2012 at 8:05 pm

      Actually, the Samsung Quad core phones do have European based LTE, which is True LTE. Samsung transitions the American carrier versions to dual core because our quasi LTE is not compatible.

      However, if you look at the specs and benchmarks on processors, Snap dragon actually measures up to the quad core CPUs and saves on batter life. Quad is not everything!
      Check out this enlightening article:

    • trob6969

      07/30/2012 at 8:08 pm

      Research it yourself and you’ll see that the Korean version of the S3 with quad-core AND LTE on board was scheduled to be released on July 9.

  9. Leanne

    08/15/2012 at 6:24 pm

    I also have Sprint. I have been through so many carriers Sprint has been the number one best for me. I was so sad that I may had to not renew my contract. I am now so excited. Way to go. FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Klynn

    08/28/2012 at 1:47 pm

    I want the note 2 sooo bad but my ? Is……when is Verizon jumping on this seriously if they don’t I’m not thinking twice I’m switching ppl

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