T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 reportedly spotted as the SGH-T889, release date not available yet

by: Chris SmithSeptember 5, 2012

Samsung has recently unveiled its new phablet, the Galaxy Note 2, but the major Android device maker failed to announce release dates for the device. The company said the Galaxy Note 2 will hit European stores in October and confirmed that U.S. consumers will be able to get their hands on the device by the end of the year – but launch dates are not available at this time.

We have already started seeing the first European mobile operators acknowledge the fact that they will carry the phablet. In UK, Three and O2 have already confirmed they will launch the device by the end of the year, while Vodafone Germany has already revealed pricing details for the flagship device.

What about U.S. carriers? The original Galaxy Note was brought to the States by AT&T, and T-Mobile also had it (briefly and much too late) in its inventory. Since the latter will not sell the Galaxy Note, and it’s still the only major U.S. carrier not to carry the iPhone – an important issue for any mobile operator that can’t meet iPhone demand in any region of the world – chances are that we’ll see T-Mobile hurry up with Galaxy Note 2 plans in the coming months. And that’s especially since the iPhone 5 is coming out on September 21, according to certain rumors, with T-Mobile reportedly preparing to sell against the iPhone on that date.

TmoNews has more details on this T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 version, as the publication apparently believes that a recently discovered SGH-T889 device running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean could be T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 version (and it has images to prove it, see above):

So what’s with our confidence level? Well, for one, the original Galaxy Note is the T879 so the model number jump to T889 makes some sense as a Galaxy Note successor. Unfortunately, beyond telling us there is a 720 x 1280 display, the UA proof for the T889 doesn’t offer us a lot of extra info.

We are being told that the T-Mobile edition does keep the Exynos processor and runs on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42Mbps network.

The Galaxy S3 launched almost simultaneously in the U.S., at least with the Big Four carriers – but the flagship smartphone was also released with several regional carriers. Will that be also the case for the Galaxy Note 2, a device that only appeals to a certain crowd of the overall Android market? We’ll let you know as soon as we find out!

  • yarrellray

    I am purchasing this Galaxy Note 2 on day one of launch on Tmobile. Plus I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Galaxy Note 2 arrives by let’s say October 26th to November 14th. Either way this will be great for us Tmobile customers. We won’t have to be embarrassed by some silly looking Lg Vu.

  • me

    I hold out on the Galaxy Note as I know Note 2 was coming out… I honestly thought I have to wait for a while before I can get my hand on one via TMobile since they JUST got the Notes but your above reasoning make sense so I’m really hoping it’s the case! I want the NOTE II!!!!

  • Olivier Boss

    Here is another hint (just a hint) that T-Mobile may sell a Samsung Galaxy Note II (T-Mobile customized) sooner rather than later.

    3 weeks ago I went to a T-Mobile store (Boston) to take a look at the just-released Samsung Galaxy Note (model 1) customized for T-Mobile.

    When I asked if they had the phone on display I was told that they did not have it. First, an (apparently inexperienced, all too honest) saleswoman started

    saying “we don’t have the Samsung Galaxy Note because a model 2 ….”before a more senior salesman cut her off and said (probably the “official-corporate” response): “We don’t carry the Samsung Galaxy Note in stores, only T-Mobile stores in New York have it. You can order it online”.

    In line with this, T-Mobile has stopped selling the Samsung Galaxy Note (model 1) online a week ago.All pointing to a Samsung Galaxy Note II for T-Mobile (USA) on offer soon. I can’t wait, I’ll buy it.

  • yo

    I dont understand why tmobile stop selling the Note I, i want it even if Note II is comming soon