Samsung’s Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy Note 2 made official… in China

by: Brad WardJuly 29, 2013


It seems that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hasn’t been removed from the limelight just yet. According to Android Beat and Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social network, a Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy Note 2, going by the name of GT-N7108D, has been announced on China Mobile.

So, why is China Mobile getting its own Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy Note 2? China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, has a complicated network, meaning that the Exynos 4 chip just can’t support the carrier’s network. However, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 can support the carrier’s TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA, TDD-LTE, and FDD-LTE bands.

That, of course, raises a couple of more questions. If China Mobile’s network is so difficult, why is Samsung making a device specifically for China Mobile, and will any countries outside of China see the device? First of all, as of November 2012, China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator with over 703 million subscribers. Chances are, Samsung wanted to make sure that some of its most popular devices are available on China Mobile because of the 703 million potential buyers.

As for the second question, it’s not likely that we’ll see this device outside of China. There’s really no reason to bring it to more markets — the Exynos 4 chip does a pretty darn good job. Not to mention the fact that the Galaxy Note 3 should be announced pretty soon, which is also rumored to have a Snapdragon 800 chip. It’d be almost pointless to bring a Snapdragon 600 powered Galaxy Note 2 to other markets with that in mind.

  • APai

    “703 million potential buyers”
    hmm, must be far lesser no ?

    • MasterMuffin

      No, everyone of them can afford a Note 2 :D

      • Joshua Hill

        Doesn’t the communist party give all their citizens Tabones :D

  • Luka Mlinar

    I would say: “i bet it’s gonna look the same” but not like anyone is gonna bet against that. F u Samsung, build a new phone already.

    • Joshua Hill

      They are building new phones. But nice language and sensible comments there buddy :)

      • Luka Mlinar

        Fine, my bad :D
        Just pisses me of when i see every other company working hard to bring out new and exciting phones yet everyone is going mad over Samsungs product’s that look the same, have a newer chip and minor software updates.

        • Joshua Hill

          I agree. I think the S4 was over rated. If sales are an indication the public are starting to think so too.

          • Luka Mlinar

            Ahh the public. It’s taking them forever to see Apple for what it really is.

  • john

    Godamnit Samsung, announce Note 3 and be done with it.