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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 U.S. Release Date: What Not to Expect



The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is all but certain to launch in the U.S. on October 24th. Invitations have been sent out for an event in New York City and today, evidence backed up the date as the device’s launch date in the United States. At the event, we should finally learn all the details regarding the Galaxy Note 2 release date and its pricing in the United States. Here, we take a look at what consumers should not expect from the Galaxy Note 2’s release date here in the U.S.

Last month, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 2 for the five largest carriers in the United States. That list of course includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless.

We also know what to expect from the device itself. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be the same device found in other regions of the world which means it will offer a 5.5-inch HD display, quad-core processor, 4G LTE data speeds, two cameras, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 U.S. Release Date: What to Expect.

Galaxy Note 2 Display

The Galaxy Note 2.

And while we know all of that, we don’t know two important details. The pricing, while unknown, looks to be $299.99. U.S. Cellular propped up a pre-order for the device and it costs $299.99, a price that could come to all five carriers.

The release date though remains a mystery. We’ve already taken a look at what to expect from the Galaxy Note 2 release date and now, it’s time to take a look at what not to expect from the Galaxy Note 2 release date in the United States.

October 24th Release Date

On October 24th, Samsung will announce the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for the United States. The evidence points to this and the invitation that Samsung sent out makes it clear that this is what’s on tap for that date in New York City. And from evidence we’ve seen, T-Mobile plans on launching the Galaxy Note 2 on October 24th. It’s unclear if “launch” means announce or release though.

It’s entirely possible that Samsung might release the devices very soon after announcing them given that U.S. Cellular has the device up for pre-order and plans to ship it in October. But thus far, it’s the only carrier to do and say that. Originally, Samsung said mid-November and I think if that wasn’t the case, and October was the month, we would have seen pre-orders pop up across the board.

Read: T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 Launch Date Looks Good for October 24th.


Instead, I think at this point, November is likely going to be the month that we’ll see a release. With an iPad Mini release slated for November 3rd, it could be that Samsung waits for that launch to blow over before it releases the Galaxy Note 2 in the U.S.

Also, if it does get released in October, I doubt that it will October 24th given how late the event is. It starts at 7PM EST, long after most stores close so it would be odd to see it launch that day unless Samsung decides to trump its event by releasing it prior to the festivities.

Same Day Release

With the Galaxy S III, we saw scattered release dates. The reason? Probably because of earlier device release dates and commitments. We could see something similar happen here, given that there are many devices rumored for launch in the coming days including the iPad Mini (which may have cellular data) and a host of new smartphones running both Android and Windows Phone 8.

Carriers will be busy and they will want the Galaxy Note 2 release date to stand up on its own. So, for that reason alone I think we may see some differing Galaxy Note 2 release dates among U.S. carriers.

Other scenarios could include things like 4G LTE launches or delays because of supply but I think those are less likely.

A Sell Out

Those who are looking to snag a Galaxy Note 2 on its release date probably won’t have a problem. One, Android sell outs are extremely rare. Two, the Galaxy Note 2, while extremely exciting, is still a bit of a niche product given its massive size and stylus.

And three, the possible$299.99 price tag might drive away some potential customers as well, at least in the beginning.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s not going to be a success but don’t expect the kind of madness that went on, and is still going on, with the iPhone 5 launch on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

All Five As Equals

When the Galaxy Note 2 launches on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon, the device’s won’t be equals. Sure, they have the same hardware, and same software, but there will be a noticeable difference when it comes to the size of the networks that support it.

All five devices will run on 4G LTE networks, networks that offer speeds that can be 10 times greater than normal 3G speeds. It essentially feels like having Wi-Fi connectivity on the go, something that is perfect for a productivity beast like the Galaxy Note 2 which offers specs of both a phone and a tablet.

However, not all 4G LTE networks are created equal.

Read: iPhone 5: AT&T vs. Verizon vs. Sprint 4G LTE Coverage Maps.

On the Galaxy Note 2’s release date, Verizon will be away ahead of the pack in terms of 4G LTE coverage. While it will boast over 300 networks around the U.S., AT&T will have over 50 markets but less than 100 while Sprint will toil away with even less than AT&T.

U.S. Cellular is a regional carrier and it still is deploying its 4G LTE network and T-Mobile won’t have a 4G LTE network at all with a release coming at some point in the year 2013.

This all makes for a tough decision and one that consumers will have to make on release date. For many 4G LTE speeds aren’t a big deal but I’ll tell you what. Once you’ve used a 4G LTE device, it’s hard to go back to anything else.



  1. Rex_D

    10/08/2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hmmm….. a lot of guessing and assumption here…. for some reason it makes me nervous.

  2. Shamyran 'Shamar' Thomas

    10/08/2012 at 1:22 pm

    good article.

  3. Zaryu

    10/08/2012 at 2:02 pm

    Not equals meaning… the design?? better not…

  4. Balliet

    10/08/2012 at 2:08 pm

    It will come when it comes. And I will have mine on that day

    • RockPlayer26

      10/08/2012 at 2:30 pm

      Me too

  5. Matt

    10/08/2012 at 3:16 pm

    HTC One X + or Galaxy Note 2, price will figure a lot in my choice.

  6. GeorgeRoomey

    10/08/2012 at 3:44 pm

    just as Peter implied I am in shock that someone able to get paid $6820 in a few weeks on the computer. have you seen this site link (Click on menu Home more information)

    • Antdog

      10/09/2012 at 8:40 pm

      Whos Peter? ……and what does this have to do with this story?

  7. Note's Fan

    10/08/2012 at 3:52 pm

    inaccurate information! there are at least 2 versions of note 2, i.e. n7100 vs n7105. thus, US note 2 may or may not be the same device found in other regions of the world. Editor does not seems to have accurate knowledge/source of information… mostly guessings

  8. Mike

    10/08/2012 at 5:25 pm

    I cannot wait for this damn thing to hit the Sprint store. I’ve got stage 4 cancer and the rumors of the Note coming to US have me kicking cancers ass!! I don’t know how much longer I can Wait!!!! Staying alive for the Galaxy note 2 to arive!! 6 yr survivor!!! Woohoo!!

    • Darryl

      10/08/2012 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Mike..absolutely can’t wait on the new note either. Wanted you to know I am praying for you. I know you have been through a lot, but 6 years , stage 4 !! God had a purpose when he made you and your flesh will cease one day as mine but your soul..”you” will live in one of two places .. Choose life.. Ask God to reveal Himself to you. He really will! His son Jesus God in flesh that walked this earth and was crucified for you so you could live forever with Him . He made you from the dust of the earth is at the door of your heart. .. Blessings over you!!

      • Mike

        10/08/2012 at 8:06 pm

        Thanks soo much for the Prayers!! God bless you too!

      • Ang Korte-Traynor

        10/12/2012 at 7:34 pm

        Darryl…beautifully and wonderfully said!!!!

    • Anthony

      10/10/2012 at 12:38 am

      God bless you!

    • JR

      10/12/2012 at 7:10 pm

      G-d bless you! You can have mine and ill get another!!!

    • Lori Ann

      10/22/2012 at 11:59 am

      Wow, I love your attitude! No wonder your a survivor! Keep it up and God speed. :) you made me forget about a stupid phone after reading your comment

    • Walter Kloster

      10/23/2012 at 6:06 pm

      Hey I would like to Congratulate you on winning your battle. What kind of cancer do you have? I’m fighting cancer also will be the rest of my life. I have Non-Hodgkins Follicular Lymphoma I was in remission for a year and its been back now for 8 months. I have been fighting it for 3.5 years now. My Dr said that the kind I have “follicular” means it will always return its just a when it will. So I congratulate you on winning your fight. I can’t decide between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD.

  9. sswain

    10/08/2012 at 6:55 pm

    lol, an ipad mini has been rumored every year now. second lol, androids have oversold before, in fact my phone was one example (droid 2). I never heard of gottabemobile, but i wonder if this blog is literally a new kid on the block. if so, best of luck

  10. Tylisha

    10/08/2012 at 7:23 pm

    i cant wait im getting it as soon as it hit att stores that day i really can not wait come on lets go

  11. Note Lover

    10/08/2012 at 7:35 pm

    @Mike, good for you…a little over 2 weeks from now, we should have our phone! :)

  12. SPINX INC.

    10/09/2012 at 4:48 am

    Initially, there were Samsung Galaxy S3 and Apple iPhone 5 and this month Samsung Galaxy have Note 2 and iPad Mini will boost the entire mobile market. The smart phone users should not have any expectation for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 prior to its launch from its official site. Thanks for sharing such an informative article.

  13. Courtney

    10/09/2012 at 9:10 am

    my concern is.. how large is this phone going to be exactly? Will it be too big for a pocket? The phone looks amazing but how practical is it?

    • brandnew234

      10/22/2012 at 7:56 pm

      It’s pocket able for most people who don’t wear skinny jeans. One handed use is really the more difficult part, you need giant hands in order to use it one handed.

  14. Marc

    10/09/2012 at 9:26 am

    I bought the N7100 and it is running on AT&T’s HSDPA+ network. The N7100 does not support US LTE bands. Don’t let the 4G BS fool you. Had a GS3 on AT&T and it drains the battery like no other. Considering carrier data caps, having 40 Mbps isn’t practical as one would burn through their data plan in no time. Nevertheless, I sprung for the international version because I am sick of carrier fascilitated updates (which take forever) and being stuck in a 2 year contract on a device that I probably won’t have for 2 years. The phone is AWESOME!!!!!! Best device I have ever owned!

  15. Marc

    10/09/2012 at 9:28 am

    The phone is very practical if you use it more for media, email, etc. If you talk on the phone for hours and hours then I wouldn’t advise getting it. This thing was designed for multimedia period.

  16. Lean6

    10/09/2012 at 11:10 am

    What a business year for me. Started the year with an iPhone 4s, traded for a Galaxy Nexus, upgraded to Galaxy S3, switched to iPhone 5! I’ve been wanting the Galaxy Note on Verizon. In fact, I switched over to AT&T for the Note 1, but the AT&T cell coverage was unacceptable where I work, so I took it back. I’ve ditched my iPad 3, ditching my iPhone 5, and i’m going for the Note 2 and iPad mini (for musician apps). I can NEVER have a screen smaller than 4.8 again.

  17. Anthony

    10/10/2012 at 12:37 am

    Does anyone now about Verizon’s release date

  18. Sudocomm

    10/10/2012 at 6:51 pm

    I had to laugh at the assumption that a $299.99 price tag would drive customers away. Seeing as the iPhone 5 retails for $199.99 for the 16gb model, and up $399.99 for the 64gb version on Verizon. That didn’t stop millions of apple fanatics to wait up to 5 days out side an apple store. Price really mans nothing anymore seeing as people will shell out the money if they really want something.

  19. Mark

    10/12/2012 at 5:53 am

    Whatever price tag says, in the end its all about what consumers really want in that range. For the ones who have long waited to see it finally comes up in the market, would grab their hands on it soon.

  20. Reed

    10/23/2012 at 12:29 pm

    It’s being released October 24th just talked to my carrier!

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