Over the past year Samsung has transformed into a much larger and more powerful smartphone manufacturer. When most phones arrive in the United States they might arrive on one or two carriers. Each carrier will usually get a slightly different version like the HTC One X and the HTC Evo 4G LTE. Both are almost the same phone, but they both have completely different names.
Samsung was in a very similar situation a year ago when they were launching phones like the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Note. A carrier like Sprint got the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, while a carrier like Verizon got the Samsung Captivate, and AT&T got the Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Each carrier got a slightly different phone which really made things confusing for the average consumer looking for a new smartphone.
A couple of months ago Samsung launched the Galaxy S III in the United States which was a pretty impressive launch. Samsung managed to get the exact same version of the Galaxy S III on all of the top four carriers in the United States, as well as several smaller carriers, all at the same time. Apple has been the only other smartphone manufacturer that has been able to do things like this.
Recently Samsung announced the Galaxy Note II which is in many ways a larger and slightly faster version of the Galaxy S III. Today Samsung announced the information relating to the launch of the Galaxy Note II here in the United States. Just like with the Galaxy S III we are looking at a release date of mid-November across all of the top carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note II features a large 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display which doesn’t have as many pixels as the original Galaxy Note, but should still get the job done. Additionally the Note II has 16GB of storage and a speedy 1.6GHz quad core processor which supports 4G LTE. When it comes to pricing US Cellular is accepting pre-orders for $299.99 so expect the Note II to sell for around $300 across the board which is similar to how the original Note was priced when it arrived.