Starting October 25th, Sprint will start offering Samsung Galaxy Note II on a subsidized price of $299.99 with a 2-year contract. The company itself confirmed this report via a press release dated October 16th published on thousands of blogs, websites and PR firms.
Releasing Galaxy Note II under its wing would mean so much for US carrier as it has tons of features that Sprint hasn’t offered before. The Galaxy Note 2 would be the first device to launch under the carrier’s network showcasing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean; it would also be the first device to be launched by the carrier with quad-core processor; lastly, Galaxy Note 2 has a screen with size bigger than any other mobile phones that belong to Sprint’s portfolio.
The Galaxy Note II is expected to do well in the US smartphone market despite Samsung’s legal rift with Apple because it comes with pretty impressive specs. Aside from Jelly Bean and quad-core processor, it will be packed with 2GB RAM and 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with matching S-Pen stylus. Basically, it is one of Samsung’s devices that would set the benchmarks so high that other manufacturers may find difficult to catch up.
The first generation Galaxy Note was a success. Thus, it is logical for Samsung to release a follow-up and this time the Korean manufacturer literally doubled the specs and performance. Considering Sprint’s connections with American corporate world, the manufacturer knew better by building a handset that would fit both personal and business orientation; GN2 is actually a SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise) device with more focus on security.
Both US Cellular and AT&T have confirmed to add the device to their own lineups. The previous would also be offering it for $299.99 with still undisclosed launch date while the latter didn’t provide both the pricing and availability of the device under its network. But as far as competition is concerned, it may be just a matter of a week before others will start offering the same device to their customers.
On the other hand, T-Mobile didn’t reveal if it will also sell GN2, however, it was one of the companies to provide the details first. So, there is a possibility it will jump into the same bandwagon.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a great device and it would make a great present during the holidays. Unsubsidized units will be marketed at a price over $700 but analysts believe the price will drop because of “stable supple, overwhelming demand and growing competition.”