Earlier today, web surfers started noticing something odd about the Samsung Galaxy Note for T-Mobile. The intrigue began when the Galaxy Note’s status on the T-Mobile site started showing up as not available. Checking other sites resulted in similar dead-ends – “out of stock” on Wirefly, “Closeout” on Costco, and “Backordered” on Amazon Wireless.
As it turns out, T-Mobile does appear to be in the process of putting the Galaxy Note in “end of life” (EOL) status, with the projected final date around November 1st according to anonymous sources. This probably should not be a major surprise to potential buyers considering the Galaxy Note has been out for close to a year and the successor Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is poised for release.
Now T-Mobile users who are interested in one of Samsung’s Note devices need to hope T-Mobile is a little more on the ball in getting the Galaxy Note 2 into their pipeline.
Let the official hype machine begin. Samsung released a short teaser video of the new Galaxy Note 2 ahead of the IFA show in Berlin, which is a little over a week from now. The video obviously doesn’t reveal too much, however in normal teaser fashion, you do get a few extreme closeups and it also includes a cameo of “Wings of Desire” director Wim Wenders. One of the closeups is of the included S-Pen, but you will also find a rapid succession of screen shots of included apps. One of those apps clearly looks like the media player app packed with the Galaxy S III. I’m definitely excited for this one, and we will be sure to let you know about all the juicy details from the unveiling on August 29th. Hit the break to check out the video.
The unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (GT-N7100) takes place in about two weeks and everyone’s trying to get the real scoop. A couple of days ago an image popped up and then we had a nice image of the bezel. Today we get another glimpse and it looks similar to the image we saw a couple of days ago, but this time it’s not a press shot. It’s supposedly the actual device.
Remember the story we ran about how tight security was around the Galaxy S III? I’m sure the same shenanigans is going on with the Note 2. It might not be as coveted as the Galaxy S III, but it’s far from a dog as well. This image is probably a very close representation of it even if it’s not the real one. I just wish Samsung would get rid of that home button, but it doesn’t appear that way. Maybe I will be surprised.
Yup it’s a Photoshop fake by Daniel Uy. It’s a mockup based on the bezel that leaked on Wednesday. I still think it will look similar based on the fact that it was created from the bezel leak. Personally, I’m expecting it to look much like the Galaxy S III, only bigger. I will be shocked if it looks any different.
Well here’s something interesting news for you morning coffee. The image above showed up on the Samsung Pakistan Facebook page with “Picture perfect view made even more perfect with Samsung Galaxy S3″ as the caption. Now it clearly isn’t a Galaxy S III and interestingly enough, this same image made the rounds before the Galaxy S III was officially introduced. There is a big difference though and that is that this is more a legitimate source.
It was an obvious mistake because it disappeared shortly after, but it wasn’t the end of it. The page re-appeared but with “Galaxy Note” as the caption. Not surprisingly it disappeared yet again.
Yesterday we reported that Samsung sent invitations for an Unpacked Event on August 29th at the IFA Conference in Berlin and we were 99.9% sure that it was going to be all about the Galaxy Note 2. We just moved to 100% as Samsung confirmed it to Reuters. Usually Samsung doesn’t confirm such details, but Samsung is probably looking for a little media attention since Apple will probably unveil the iPhone 5 a couple of weeks later in mid September.
If you’re hoping Samsung unveiled their specs as well, forget it. They need to have some surprises for the event don’t they? We do expect a quad-core chip and a 5.5-inch display, but maybe they will surprise us with the display being a Super AMOLED Plus and a 12MP shooter. It seems like the perfect way to end the Summer.
As reported earlier, Samsung is promising to unveil their next U.S. Galaxy device on August 15th. We have speculated that it could be either the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Galaxy Note 2. To add to the mystery, a new video surfaced on YouTube today from the company that handled casting for a new Samsung commercial. The video is a commercial for the Galaxy Note 10.1 and shows off a couple features like dragging with they stylus and the shape match function. Viewers may also notice the commercial is targeted at business users.
We received an email on Friday from Samsung telling us to save August 15th for an unveiling of the next U.S. Galaxy device. There were no other details, including the location. My initial thought was that this is going to be the Galaxy Note 10.1 because it has been rumored that the Galaxy Note 2 will be announced at IFA 2012 in Berlin. That completely makes sense to me since Samsung rarely has device announcements in the U.S. first, and the while the Note 2 is expected to launch overseas, why unveil it in the states?
This morning BGR is reporting that a source has told them that the August 15th announcement will indeed be the Galaxy Note 2. I’m having a hard to believing this, but I’ve been wrong before. Since Samsung seems to unveil most of their device overseas, the question has to arise as to why it would be the Note 10.1? Well don’t forget it was already shown at Mobile World Congress in February, which was in Barcelona, Spain. Of course we are expecting an updated version from what we saw then. This latest version will probably sport an Exynos quad-core processor. There is one last tidbit and the press team handling the August 15th event handles tablets so I’m still putting my money on it being the Galaxy Note 10.1. Who knows, maybe we will get a major bonus and both devices will be unveiled. Stay tuned.
Samsung is sending out Save the Date emails to the press about a big Galaxy announcement on August 15th. The email is pretty direct about announcing a new Galaxy device, but totally mum on what that device may be.
”Please join Samsung Electronics America for a major announcement and unveiling of the newest Galaxy device.“
What exactly is the Samsung GT-N7100? I’ll tell you what we know. We know that it has a Exynos 4412 processor with Mali 400 graphics, we also know that the screen resolution is 1280 x 720 with a 16:9 aspect ratio and finally we know that the device is currently running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The reason we know all of this is that a device labelled GT-N7100 has appeared on GLBenchmark listing the aforementioned specifications.
So why do we think the GT-N7100 could be the Galaxy Note II? The first reason is that the GT-N7000 is the original Galaxy Note so following typical Samsung numbering, the GT7100 would suggest the follow up device. Still not convinced? The new aspect ratio points to a screen size greater than 5.5″. Perhaps we’ve taken 2 + 2 and come out with 5 however I believe the GT-N7100 will indeed turn out to be the Galaxy Note II.
Keep tuned in to TalkAndroid as we bring you updates on the Galaxy Note II as they break.
Last year Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA, so their choice in venue and timing would make perfect sense. The first Note defined the phablet space, where a device is not quite a phone or a tablet, but according to Samsung it’s the best of both. From what we’ve seen, the Note is a solid device, and seeing Jelly Bean on an updated version can only make it better.