Samsung (005930) on Wednesday announced that its follow-up to the popular Galaxy Note “phablet” will launch on at least five major carriers in the United States ahead of the holidays. The Galaxy Note II, which BGR previewed earlier this month, is now confirmed to be arriving on Verizon Wireless (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular by mid-November according to the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant. “The original Galaxy Note created a new category of smartphones by combining the best of a smartphone with the best of a tablet. In less than a year, Samsung sold more than 10 million globally demonstrating the category is taking hold,” said president of Samsung Telecommunications America Dale Sohn. “The new Galaxy Note II is a significant leap forward for the category.” Specific launch dates and pricing details were not announced, but BGR exclusively reported last week that AT&T currently plans to launch the Galaxy Note II on October 21st. Samsung’s full press release follows below. More →
BGR has confirmed with a trusted source that AT&T’s (T) upcoming flagship smartphones for the holidays — besides that flagship smartphone, of course — will be launching on October 21st. This will include the Nokia (NOK) Lumia 920 and the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note II. An AT&T spokesperson had no comment. Nokia unveiled its flagship Lumia 920 smartphone during a press conference last week, and it features a 4.5-inch display, a unique design and Windows Phone 8. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II was announced ahead of the annual IFA trade show in August, and BGR took a hands-on look at the “phablet” earlier this week. Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin was recently quoted as saying the Note II will launch in October.
Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note “phablet” was a huge success, with cumulative sales having recently topped 10 million units. Though T-Mobile USA just got around to launching the supersized smartphone last month, the sequel has already been unveiled and Samsung has high hopes for it. Speaking with reporters on Friday, Samsung mobile boss JK Shin said sales of the upcoming Galaxy Note II could top 20 million units. ”Sales may grow more than two-fold (compared with the previous model),” Shin said according to Yonhap News Agency. The Samsung executive also reportedly said that the Galaxy Note II will launch some time in October. More →
While I still think the Samsung Galaxy Note as a product is stupid, a lot of people seem to gravitate towards a bigger screen regardless of the fact that it’s impossible to use with one hand, and, well, you look crazy talking into a book. But, the Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note II is a nice upgrade to the original, completely putting aside my opinions on the product in general. It features an even larger display, yet the phone isn’t as wide thanks to a new 16:9 aspect ratio where the screen is taller and narrower, and the new design identity closely mirrors the Galaxy S III.
Samsung’s (005930) original Galaxy Note “phablet” initially launched on AT&T (T) and was offered by T-Mobile not long ago. The company will reportedly employ the same strategy it used for its Galaxy S III smartphone for its Galaxy Note II, however, and offer the device on a variety of U.S. carriers. According to a report from BriefMobile, the smartphone-tablet hybrid will be available on AT&T, Verizon (VZ), T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Sprint (S). All models are said to be identical to the international version, which is equipped with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 4G LTE and a massive 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Purported screen captures from AT&T and Verizon’s Galaxy Note II variants follow below. More →
Dropbox and Samsung (005930) on Friday announced that anyone who buys the new Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera will get 50GB of free online storage for two years. The Dropbox app will come pre-installed on both devices and the Galaxy Note II will automatically sync photos and videos to the service. The two companies had previously offered a similar deal for Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III, but AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) both decided to opt out of the promotion. Dropbox’s press release follows below. More →
Samsung (005930) on Wednesday finally took the wraps off the sequel to its popular Galaxy Note “phablet.” The smartphone-tablet hybrid didn’t go over very well with reviewers, but Samsung announced earlier this month that Galaxy Note sales had surpassed the company’s goal of 10 million units. Following up on Samsung’s trail-blazing phablet is the Galaxy Note II, which features a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, a gigantic 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a massive 3,100 mAh battery, and Samsung’s S Pen stylus. In line with earlier reports, the phone will also include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 4G LTE connectivity in appropriate markets, and the base model will ship with 16GB of internal storage. Samsung said that the phone will become available in the U.S. later this year, though no pricing was revealed.
Samsung (005930) isn’t going to let a loss hold it down, and the company looks ready to take the wraps off the sequel to its popular supersized Galaxy Note smartphone later this week. While we wait for the Galaxy Note II to get official, the full specs have seemingly been revealed by Seoul Newspaper. The big details all appear to line up with earlier reports, which suggested the Note II will include a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The report says the phone will include an 8-megapixel camera instead of the 12-megapixel shooter that had been rumored, however, and it also suggests that the phone will include 4G LTE connectivity and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. The Galaxy Note II is expected to be announced during Samsung’s IFA press conference on August 29th. More →
Apple (AAPL) apparently isn’t the only consumer electronics giant dealing in magic these days. With Samsung’s (005930) third Galaxy Note 10.1 unveiling behind us, the South Korean vendor wisely isn’t wasting much time before taking the wraps off its next Galaxy device. Samsung already confirmed that its second-generation supersized smartphone will be unveiled during its “Unwrapped” press conference ahead of the annual IFA trade show in Berlin next week, and now the company is teasing a new stylus-toting device that will make “magical moments come alive.” More than 10 million Galaxy Notes were sold around the world and Samsung could be looking at an even bigger success with the Galaxy Note II, which is expected to feature a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a quad-core Exynos processor. The company’s video teaser follows below. More →
We all know Samsung’s (005930) Galaxy Note II is going to be a monstrous smartphone when it is finally unveiled, but this leaked image reveals just how huge Samsung’s second “phablet” will really be. Gadget blog Nowhereelse on Wednesday published the image above, which it claims to have received from a source identified only as William. The photo appears to have been taken in a plant where Samsung’s devices are assembled and it purportedly shows the glass face of the Galaxy Note II, which sports a 5.5-inch space for the phone’s display that matches earlier reports exactly. The Galaxy Note II is expected to be announced later this month according to Reuters, and rumored specs include a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a quad-core Exynos processor and possibly a 12-megapixel rear camera. More →
This image above is one that we’ve seen for quite some time now. We first saw it emerge earlier this year alongside early Galaxy S III reports, but the Galaxy S III ended up launching as a very different beast. Now we’re seeing the photo emerge once again, but it’s the source that is of particular interest this time. Why? Because the source is Samsung (005930). The image was published to Samsung’s official Facebook page for Pakistan on Wednesday with the caption ”Picture perfect view made even more perfect with Samsung Galaxy S3.” The obvious problem with that, as Engadget points out, is that this isn’t a Galaxy S III. We’re not sure why someone from Samsung’s social media team would have fake images on his or her computer, so Engadget postulates that this could very well be the Galaxy Note II we’ll see Samsung unveil later this month. Samsung subsequently (and inexplicably) changed the caption to read “Galaxy Note” before finally pulling the Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon, further supporting the theory. More →
The smartphone that Samsunged Samsung (005930) ended up Samsunging us earlier this year when we learned that more than 7 million people purchased the prodigious phone. That’s a success by any measure, and though the supersized smartphone hasn’t even hit T-Mobile shelves yet, Samsung is already set to debut the “phablet’s” successor. Rumors have been swirling for weeks, suggesting that Samsung has plans to unveil the Galaxy Note II during a press conference at the annual IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany, and now the South Korea-based consumer electronics giant has confirmed as much to Reuters. More →
We’ve been told by a source close to Samsung (005930) that the company will indeed be introducing a follow-up to the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II, during its press conference on August 15th. The display is said to be thinner and taller, allowing Samsung to stuff a 5.5-inch screen into a phone that can supposedly be held by humans and not just 7-foot tall Gorillas.