As we reported earlier, AT&T and Samsung have released a joint statement regarding the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This followed news that Samsung was working with several major carriers to bring the device to the U.S. market. Samsung has scheduled an event for October 24th in New York where it is anticipated a more detailed announcement regarding the Galaxy Note II will be made.
Although no dates for availability in the U.S. and Canadien markets have been made yet, interest in the imminent release will be fueled by the discovery of what appears to be the Galaxy Note II wending its way through the FCC approval process for three different carriers. The first device spotted is an SGH-i317 with specifications that appear to be consistent with AT&T and possible Canadien carriers. Another device going by model number SCH-i605 has CDMA and GSM antennas along with a 700 MHz LTE band appears to be headed to Verizon as a dual-band device. Finally, an SGH-T889 might be headed to T-Mobile based on the inclusion of a 1700 MHz AWS frequency.
We finally have a clearer picture of the upcoming HTC One X+, but unfortunately it doesn’t tell us much other than it has some EVO-like accents and its continued proof that the phone does exist. It’s not like we questioned it anyway, but what we really want to know is when can we get our hands on one? Supposedly it’s destined for at least T-Mobile in the U.S. and O2 in the UK, but there are rumors that it has been delayed to fit a bigger battery. As far as the rest of the specs, everything is pretty much confirmed except for the display size and RAM. I would assume the display size will be the same as the One X’s 4.7-inch Super LCD 2, and I’m hopeful the RAM will come in at 2GB.
I’m excited that the U.S. is finally getting LTE phones with quad-core processors. Other than the One X+, we have the Galaxy Note II, the DROID Incredible X, and the LG Optimus G (or most likely the Eclipse here in the U.S.) all landing in the U.S. by year’s end. It should be a “super fast” fall this year!!
T-Mobile seems to often be late to the party when rolling out devices, or maybe it’s just my perception as an 11-year customer when they don’t offer a device I want on day-one like other carriers. However, T-Mobile seems to end up getting most of the same nice devices as the other major carriers eventually. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is no exception in this case. Revealed through FCC filing, the newest tablet in T-Mobile’s stable will be released as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SGH-T779). As is usually the case with device sightings on FCC, we will most likely see the Tab 2 on Magenta’s network within the next couple of months if not late next month. Is anyone looking forward to this particular tablet from T-Mobile? Let us know.
Thanks to @evleaks, we have a decent image of the upcoming T-Mobile HTC One X+. We still don’t have a release date yet, and to further complicate things, we recently heard that it could be delayed for a bigger battery.
The rumored specs include a Tegra 3+ AP37 1.6GHz quad-core / 1.7GHz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 1800mAh battery (could be increased), and Sense 4.5 on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will come in at 9.3mm thick and weigh in at 129 grams.
T-Mobile Galaxy S III owners are about to be treated to something special. The nation’s 4th-largest wireless carrier is set to make Marvel’s The Avengers available to all owners, starting September 25th. The virtual preload will be available through Samsung’s Media Hub and can be shared to a compatible TV via the AllShare Cast feature and AllShare Cast Wireless Hub. Best of all— customers won’t need to worry about any overages or data caps should they choose to stream or download content that supports the AllShare Cast feature or AllShare Cast Wireless Hubs and are on T-Mobile’s Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plan.
In addition, there’s no better way to enjoy the blockbuster film being available than with T-Mobile making the AllShare Cast Hub accessory available to all customers starting September 24th. T-Mobile customers definitely have it pretty good sometimes, don’t they? Hit the break to see the full press release.
We already kind of knew this was the case with the various leaks we’ve seen over the last few weeks, but Samsung just officially announced that the Galaxy Note II will be available in the U.S. soon. All five major carriers; AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and U.S. Cellular will carry the phablet and will be available in time for the holidays. That means by mid-November, but each carrier will most likely choose their own timeframe.
The U.S. version of the Galaxy Note II will be identical to the international version and the presser even states that we will get the 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor as well, which is very surprising. If you remember, the U.S. version of the Galaxy S III sported the Snapdragon S4 due to LTE compatibility.
Full press release after the break:
As with most carriers, T-Mobile is certainly no stranger to rolling out deals and it doesn’t appear that they’ll be changing that any time soon. Beginning September 21st, T-Mobile will launch their latest campaign, “Magenta Deal Days” Zero Down promotion. This promotion allows new customers to purchase any device, yes even the Samsung Galaxy S III, for $0.00 down on qualifying Unlimited Value and Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data plans, after mail-in rebate card. The promotion will also be available for existing customers, but the usual migration fees apply when going from a Classic plan to a Value plan while having less than 18 months of contract tenure. If you’re the type that doesn’t mind paying for your phone in monthly installments and don’t mind waiting for that mail-in rebate, then this deal may just be for you. It’s a great way to get a premium device without having to shell out a ton of coin up front, albeit still having to sign a long-term agreement. Hit the break for the full press release from T-Mobile, including specific phone pricing examples. Read more
While T-Mobile may have been late to the game with the original Galaxy Note, it seems as though the carrier plans to step things up next time around. Sources with the inside scoop have confirmed that T-Mobile will indeed be receiving its own variant of the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note II.
The same report suggests Samsung is already in the process of testing Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Note II for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. As of right now, Samsung is testing build number T889UVALIC, which was compiled on Saturday. Furthermore, the firmware has leaked out and is now available for download, assuming you have one of the first SGH-T889 test units to actually run it. If not, well — at least you have a pretty good idea that the Note II will be making its way to all major US carriers.
After the success of the original Note, it’s not surprising that more carriers want to jump in on the action this time. And, considering its unique form factor, the device reaches an entirely new market; one that perhaps couldn’t quite be reached by larger smartphones like the Galaxy S III.
Source: Sam Mobile
The potential release of the HTC One X+ has become more and more of a reality with each passing week, but now there are reports that T-Mobile’s version of the One X+ will be delayed with no mention of an expected launch date. The delay could be the cause of the phone getting a larger battery.
From what we know about the One X+, it’s pretty much the same phone as the One X with the exception of the faster Tegra 3 Plus Processor. Now with a stronger battery the phone becomes even more interesting. Do you think a thicker phone along with better battery life is worth the wait? I do.
We previously thought that the Galaxy S Relay 4G would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip, but T-Mobile confirmed that it will actually have the Snapdragon S4 chip. The improved technology should make the phone more appealing to T-Mobile customers looking for something in Samsung’s Galaxy line. The rest of the specs are the same as previously reported with a 4-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich and NFC capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G will be in stores on September 19 for $150 after the rebate. Does the improved technology make you want this phone more? Does it even make a difference?