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

July 29, 2013
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It looks like Samsung is bringing its popular Galaxy Note 2 device to China Mobile, but with a Snapdragon 600 chip. Read on to find out why.

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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.

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