After the unexpected first generation Galaxy Note sales hit, Samsung seems to have understood the huge potential of “phablets,” and so the Korean firm has big plans for the GNote 2.
With only one week to go until the 5.5-incher’s special New York City launch party, reports on the beast’s releases outside Europe — which has already got a taste of the Note 2′s speed — are piling up. It looks like Sammy is really trying to conquer the entire world this time.
We’ve heard news and rumors on the device’s launch in the US, Canada, Japan and even South East Asia lately, so very few pieces of the puzzle were missing. Now there’s one less, as Australian details have been leaked, too.
Despite what earlier rumors claimed, it seems that the Australian LTE-enabled Galaxy Note 2 will find its way to three carriers instead of only one, and this will be in November instead of December. According to Ausdroid sources, Optus will get the honor to stage the release first, on November 5, with the carrier’s exclusivity ending just two weeks later.
By November 19 it will be Vodafone’s turn to offer the Note 2, while Telstra, Australia’s largest wireless service provider, will actually come last to the launching party, on November 26.
Both the white and grey models will supposedly go on sale at those dates with two-year contracts, but right now everything about pricing is still foggy. There’s also no word about whether or not the Galaxy Note 2 will be offered in unlocked SIM-free flavors as well, though considering Australian carriers’ usual M.O., that’s unlikely.
As for the phablet's specs and features, we don’t expect any differences between the three versions. However, Vodafone’s model will have one important downside upon launch, with the carrier lacking 4G LTE support for now. The high-speed network should be up and running in “early 2013” but until then you’ll have to deal with 3G connectivity.
Who's ready to explore his creative side in Australia with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2?