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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Units Arriving Without Advertised Feature



The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which recently launched in the United Kingdom, is apparently arriving to some users without the split screen multitasking feature that Samsung recently displayed in a promo video advertising the 5.5-inch phablet device.

According to users on the XDA Developers forums, by way of PhoneArena, some units of the Galaxy Note 2 that touched down in the United Kingdom are not equipped with the split screen multitasking function that allows users to split the Galaxy Note 2’s giant screen and use two applications at the same time.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Moves Closer to Launch in U.S.

It appears that some units outside of Korea at this point don’t come with the feature baked into the Android software as was advertised. The feature can be seen in action in the video below.

It’s unclear just how Samsung plans to remedy the issue, if it plans to do that at all. We assume that it will likely issue a software update at some point in the near future but at this point, the company remains mum about the whereabouts of the feature on its brand new phablet device.

This could also mean that the United States bound Galaxy Note 2, which will likely be announced on October 24th, might come without the feature baked in as well. We imagine that it likely will have the feature on board as it won’t arrive for a few weeks or more but at this point, nothing is certain.


The Galaxy Note 2 will likely hit the U.S. on October 24th.

The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to touch down in the U.S. on October 24th with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular all slated to launch the device on their networks.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 U.S. Launch Coming October 24th.

Several Galaxy Note 2 models bound for the U.S. were pushed through the FCC recently which means that a release is likely coming up very soon. If not by the end of October, then November at the very latest.

The Galaxy Note 2 will come with a 5.5-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, 4G LTE speeds – even on T-Mobile which doesn’t have a 4G LTE network yet, S-Pen support and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.



  1. Amy

    10/02/2012 at 2:58 pm

    Some units have older firmware.
    Via twitter: Samsung to update all Galaxy Note II devices soon for multi view option!

  2. TheMethod

    10/02/2012 at 4:41 pm

    Honestly it still packs more than enough features to convince me its definitely the next phone I’ll upgrade to.

  3. Rohit

    10/02/2012 at 7:16 pm

    Ordered mine from expansys a few days ago, and it should be here by the 4th so I’ll let you all know what I know think.

    I switched from the GT N-700 to the i717R so I’m curious to see how much of an improvement it really is.

  4. Frank

    10/02/2012 at 7:49 pm

    samsung has already said that they will push a firmware update out soon that adds the multi windowing. I guess the first batch of Notes went through before they had the update, but anyone with a N7100 firmware > XXLIH has it. Most of the early ones have XXLIE. Since the firmware already exists, there’s no reason why they can’t just push it out OTA any day.

  5. Victor Rios

    10/02/2012 at 7:57 pm

    Sería lamentable que este dispositivo, tan esperado, no traiga la opción Multitasking. I suppose Samsung will say sth about it this days. I will wait.

    • Victor Rios

      10/02/2012 at 8:02 pm

      Galaxy Note 2, version N7100XXALIE, doesn’t have the multitasking function, but the versión N7100XXALIH, have this function. Be carefully when you buy this phablet.

  6. Nish

    10/03/2012 at 2:48 am

    Adam, that you for informing us about this! I’m pleasantly surprised that website are now reporting the truth to the end consumers rather than hushing things up for the corporates to ensure their VIP passes, exclusive invites and demo models, like they did during the Note 1 screen banding and the “black-crush” issue that left users uninformed and in the dark until they had already purchased the product and experienced it themselves!

    Know, I trust you will be a god boy and keep us updated if early adopters of the Note 2 have similar issues, won’t you, Adam???

    Thank you for your sincerity!

  7. techviral

    10/04/2012 at 10:09 pm

    Read latest review about samsung galaxy note II here

    it covers all the main features of note II and also software and hardware specification.

  8. sami

    10/31/2012 at 10:50 pm

    I got the new one on 10/29/2012 updated the firmware with newat version it does not do multitasking. Call Tmobile and searched online but no option fixed so I will return it. Any news to fix the issue please let me know

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