Well, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 was formally announced at the IFA event in Berlin a couple of days ago. But info about launch and pricing weren’t made public during the announcement. However, Negri Electronics now has put up the device for pre order for a whopping $724.50. The price might not seem much considering that it’s more of a tablet than a smartphone, and also with a bundle of features thanks to the S-Pen.
The website claims that the device will be made available and shipped by October 26th, so there’s still some time left for it to reach the customer’s hands. We believe this is the global variant of the phablet, hence it will be made available unlocked and without any carrier obligations. The price mentioned in the listing is for the 16GB variant, while 32 and 64GB variants are also said to be made available in due course of time. It would however be wise to wait for a couple of weeks to see if American carriers have anything in store. AT&T sold the first gen Galaxy Note on its network, so it’s very likely that we would see the new Note 2 rock its shelves too. But if you’re the impatient type, make sure to head over to the Negri Electronics link given below to place the order for the new Galaxy Note 2.
The Galaxy Note 2 is marginally bigger in screen size than the original note at 5.5-inches and also houses a bundle of new features. Besides the large display real estate, the Note 2 also packs the mighty Exynos 4412 quad core chipset from Samsung clocked at 1.6 GHz along with 2GB of RAM, so that’s some raw power to look forward to. The device retains the same 8MP camera sensor from the original Galaxy Note so nothing new in that department. It also packs a front facing 1.9MP camera for video calls. The best part however is that the device comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, so the user is assured of running the latest and greatest version of Android until next year when Google announces the newest iteration of Android.
I don’t think fans would actually mind the price given that the Note 2 acts both as a phone and a tablet. And if you’re wondering about the device’s size, hands on impressions suggest that it’s not too big and is almost the same as the original Note. Let’s hope American carriers have something for us before October 26, because honestly, the wait for this beast seems like too long. Samsung also announced the Ativ S on the same day which also grabbed some attention. So looking at the scheme of things, it seems like Samsung has all its bases covered.