Rumor: T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to come lacking 4G LTE speeds

September 21, 2012
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    With the Galaxy Note 2 unveiled and confirmed for a U.S. release over the next couple of months, the race is now on what carrier will be getting the “phablet” first and for the lowest price. However, we can’t see anyone out of the five willing to risk undercutting its competitors in terms of pricing, so the only real race seems to be for the front-row seat in the availability party.

    That is of course if and only if all five differently branded versions of the Galaxy Note 2 will come with the exact same set of features. The “compatibility” issues between LTE and the Exynos quad-core platform are rumored to have been solved, so the 4412 CPU seems like a certain for all models of the Note 2.

    We can’t even imagine anyone would try to downsize the 2 gigs of RAM or the 3,100mAh battery, so there’s a good chance we won’t be able to tell the difference between any of the Note 2s hitting the US, right?

    Well, yes and no, because there still is one little spec we’re certain not all “phablets” will include. We’re talking about the 4G LTE connectivity option, unavailable yet from T-Mobile. Magenta will only be kicking off its LTE network next year, so all we could have hoped was to see the Note 2 handle the speeds starting in “early” 2013.

    However, according to a leaked internal screenshot picked up by Tmonews, it looks like the nation’s fourth largest carrier won’t be making its version of the Note 2 LTE-capable. At all. Meaning that, even if the network will be up and running by, say, mid-2013, the second-gen Samsung phablet will be stuck to HSPA+. Which is pretty decent, don’t get us wrong, but it’s not as “flashy” as 4G LTE. And most times people aren’t patient enough to look for speed tests and such, relying only on hard facts.

    Now this is far from official news, so it should be taken with caution and slight mistrust, but seeing as it comes from a pretty trustworthy source, it’s highly reliable.

    Unfortunately, the “internal” leaked screen reveals nothing about pricing and availability, while the rest of the specs listed there fit with all the other versions of the Note 2. Those include a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED Plus, a 3,100mAh battery, and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

    Is the lack of 4G LTE on T-Mo’s Galaxy Note 2 a deal breaker for any of you? Is T-Mobile losing yet another major fight by “technical knock-out”, after the first Galaxy Note failure?

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    Comments

    • Willard Romney Ryan

      No problem ill deal with it. HSPA+ is just as fast almost!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000067565934 Antonio Plaero

        T- Mobiles HSPA+ speeds were on par with Verizons 4G speeds acroos most of America earlier this year

        • http://twitter.com/PoorCollegeGuy Joe Hindy

          What these gentlemen said. Plus, if T-Mobile does roll out a LTE network, then they’ll probably keep their hspa+ up until the transition is complete (like Sprint is currently doing with WiMAX)…so this phone will get HSPA+ til its end of life.

          Consequently, once everyone switches to 4G LTE…HSPA+ is going to have much less traffic, which translates to faster, more solid experience all around.

          Not swaying me ;) I’m still getting one :D

    • Rob

      Is this really an article? Of course it doesn’t have LTE.. T-Mobile doesn’t have LTE. They don’t have ANY LTE phones, why would this be different? Also, this isn’t even a rumor, it has already been stated at the launch event. This website is such a waste of time…

      • Adrian Diaconescu

        You do know that most people usually use a phone for more than a few months, right? So T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 could come with LTE support even if the carrier doesn’t yet have the network up and running for the phone to have LTE speeds once the network will be launched…

        • http://www.facebook.com/stevendsnyder Steve Snyder

          But you can’t advertise something you don’t offer. Apple learned that the hard way when they called the iPhone 4G, when it could not support 4G in some markets. T-Mobile’s planned LTE is targeted for a AWS band that is supported in the Galaxy Note 2, so it should be able to support it when and if it is launched in 2013.

          • taia03

            Steve, that is my understanding, from what I read and from the Tmo representative. This article is not accurate.

        • taia03

          I was told by a Tmo rep that once their LTE network is in place, the Note 2 would be switched to LTE.

      • note_lover

        I agree, tt is kind of strange that the article is almost trying to talk people out of getting a Note 2 on T-Mobile. I agree, T-Moble’s HSPA+ is plenty fast for most so why wouldn’t the Note 2 be just as fast? I’ll be getting the Note 2 on TMO on the day of release!

    • TheBrigan

      T-Mo better not pull the same crap that they did with the galaxy s3. This time around, same price as other carriers, if not cheaper, and no mail in rebate bullshit.

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