Verizon finally reveals launch date of their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – November 29th

After a long period of pre-orders, Verizon has finally revealed November 29th as their official launch date of their Samsung Galaxy Note 2. With the ugly Verizon branding on the home button and all, the Note 2 packs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a quad-core Exynos processor amd 2 GB’s of RAM. Of course you can’t forget about the gorgeous 5.5″ Super AMOLED HD display.

The device will set you back $299 on contract in stores and online. Any Verizon readers out there waiting for this device?

source: Verizon

Various stress tests show the durability of Samsung phones [Video]

Just how durable is that $600 Samsung phone in your pocket? The cheap feeling plastic may be more durable than you think. While Samsung builds some fantastic devices, build materials are not one of their specialties. A video put out by Samsung Tomorrow TV declares that the light, seemingly fragile plastics used are actually stronger than we give them credit for. From button stress tests to wash and rain tests to bend tests to your more standard drop tests, the plastic holds up remarkably well. Hit the break for the video.
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Wow, Samsung records a record 7.4 billion in total earnings during Q3

If you were curious as to how Samsung did during Q3 of this year due to their Galaxy S III sales, the wait is over. Samsung has released their over all sales results of Q3 and it’s a whopping 7.4 billion. Obviously the Galaxy S III has a lot to do with that as their mobile division’s sales more than doubles compared to the same time as last years. Samsung claims to have sold about 18-20 millions Galaxy S III’s during July-September. In comparison, Apple has sold about 26.9 million iPhone’s in that same time period, obviously with most of that being their new iPhone 5.

The large sales in their mobile department also helped mask the fact that their chip sales was cut to almost half as compared to the previous year. Nonetheless, Samsung still posted a record sales number and they’re showing no signs of slowing down with the expected hit of their new Galaxy Note 2 as it is now just starting to hit America.

What do you guys think of Samsung’s record sales? And do you think they’ll slow down or only continue to soar?

source: Reuters

As previously reported, T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 does indeed have LTE capabilities; Software update may be needed in the future

As we’ve previously reported, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does have LTE. According to reports, hardware wise T-Mobile’s Note 2 is exactly like AT&T’s, and that means LTE bands as well. Obviously, T-Mobile’s LTE network isn’t up and running yet so the bands aren’t turned on out of the box.

The Galaxy Note II features a Qualcomm 9215M chipset which provides the hardware capability to support both HSPA+42 and LTE. T-Mobile plans to reach more than 200 million Americans with LTE by the end of 2013. The Galaxy Note II will not automatically access T-Mobile’s LTE network. We will share more information on how and when the Galaxy Note II will support T-Mobile’s upcoming LTE network when the network is available.

My guess is a software update in the near future will enable them so that 4G LTE will be able to be used. I feel that this is great news as it essentially future proof’s the Note 2. Does the fact that it has LTE make you want the Note 2 even more now? Let us know!

source: The Verge

Mobilicity lists Samsung Galaxy Note II up for pre-order, will launch October 30th and will give $50 discount

The Canadian company Mobilicity has listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 up for pre-orders and will launch on October 30th. As an incentive for customers to pre-order their Note 2, they’re currently offering a $50 discount for the first 1,000 customers. There’s some fine print to it as you’ll have to sign up for their “automatic monthly payments” program. Here’s the full email response for when you pre-order:

Thank you! We have received your pre-order registration request for the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone at Mobilicity. You are on the list of consumers eligible to be the first Canadians to get this smartphone when it launches in Canada on October 30, 2012!

You can also receive a $50 hardware credit on the Samsung Galaxy Note II from Mobilicity if you are one of the first 1,000 people to purchase and activate your Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone on Mobilicity’s unlimited network and sign up for automatic monthly payments by November 6, 2012!

Here is your confirmation number:

Please keep this confirmation number handy and stay tuned for more information. We will email you more details on how to take advantage of this special launch promotion by October 20th.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to launching the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone, and providing you with a smart mobile experience.

Thank you!
Mobilicity

Will this extra incentive entice any of you Mobilicity users to place your pre-orders on the Note 2?

source: Mobile Syrup

Samsung Galaxy Note II update brings multi-window support

We previously reported that some Samsung Galaxy Note II’s didn’t have the advertised multi-window support, but an update that is rolling out today will fix that. This will allow Galaxy Note II owners to split the 5.5″ screen in half and run two android apps at the same time. The original Galaxy Note had a similar feature, but it was limited to only Samsung apps. This time around there is support for not only Samsung apps but some Google apps as well as select third party apps such as Twitter. This update is version XXALIJ1 and it also includes a new baseband version of Chrome. The Galaxy Note II will be available in the states later this month.

Samsung Highlights Multitasking Feature On Galaxy Note II Smartphone In New Promo Video

 

It’s no secret the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II is going to be one heck of a phone. In addition to the quad-core power and S Pen, it’s the multitasking that’s noteworthy on the device. No, we’re not talking about the traditional multitasking found in most Android devices— we’re talking about Sammy’s special variation of multitasking. As seen in the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note II will have split-screen multitasking that is unique, compared to other Android devices. In a special promo video released by Sammy recently, it highlights the potential of multitasking on a Galaxy Note II through a simulated demonstration. Using an apps bar that’s tiled vertically or horizontally, the S Pen can drag and drop various apps which opens a new app above or below an existing app that’s already running. What this means is users will be able to see two live apps simultaneously and literally do two things at the same time. That’s an awfully cool feature if you ask me.

While the multitasking feature is pretty cool, you’ll want to note that the feature demonstrated in the promo video is for the Korean version of the device. Then again, we suspect that Samsung will certainly include this in the other versions of the device when we see them around mid-November or so. Hit the source link to check out the demonstration in all its glory.

source: Android Authority

Could this Samsung SGH-T889 leaked image be T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2?

 

Looks like this screenshot image could very well be T-Mobile’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The image shows SGH-T889, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and the UA proof also tells us it has a display of 1280×720. Let’s keep in mind that T-Mobile’s original Note was dubbed as the SGH-T879, so it wouldn’t be inconceivable that this slightly higher number will be the Note 2.

According to TMONEWS, T-Mobile’s Note 2 will keep the powerful quad-core Exynos processor made by Samsung and will run on the 42MB HSPA+ network. This would be great considering it will be one of the rare Samsung US devices that is able to retain the Exynos rather than using the Snapdragon processors.

I’m actually quite surprised that a leak of this magnitude (if legitimate) has surfaced so quickly. Perhaps this is the reason T-Mobile’s original Note was short lived. Either way I’m excited for this device to hit T-Mobile sometime this Fall. Would the Note 2 be something you guys wait for, or is the Galaxy S III powerful enough for you?

source: TMONEWS

A Samsung mystery device pops up in GL benchmarking dubbed as SGH-I317, sports JB and HD display

Well what do we have here? It looks like a mystery Samsung device has popped up in GL benchmarking touting an HD (1280×720) display, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and a max CPU frequency of 1600MHz (amount of CPU cores unknown). The device is dubbed as the SGH-I317, which indicates either an AT&T or Canadian handset.

Sadly, not much else is known about the device and we can only speculate what it may be. The obvious guess would either be a Galaxy S III for a Canadian carrier, or perhaps a Galaxy S III variant for AT&T (this I highly doubt). Another possibility would be the device being AT&T’s version of the Galaxy Note 2 that was just unveiled last week. After all, Samsung did say the Note 2 would arrive in States side sometime this Fall/Winter.

Either way, this is definitely a device to keep an eye on. As we get more information on this, we’ll be sure to let you know!

source: GLBenchmarking

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 image and specs leak just before Unpacked Event

We are only moments away from the Samsung Unpacked event in which we will finally see the Galaxy Note 2 unveiled, but the image and specs just leaked. As you can see in the image, it carries the same design as the Galaxy S III, which isn’t surprising. As far as specs go, there aren’t any surprises, but it has been confirmed to have a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display, 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, a whopping 3,100mAh battery. It will also be a little thinner than the original Note, coming at 9.4mm as opposed to 9.65mm. You will have your choice of 16, 32, or 64GB for internal storage and color options will be Marble White and Titanium Gray. As far as radios go, they will offer both HSPA+ 21mbps and LTE.


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