Oh well, it’s better Note than never. After a series of not-so-subtle hints , T-Mobile has finally announced the availability of everyone’s favorite phone and tablet hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy Note. Never mind that AT&T has been carrying the phablet for half a year.

T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note is set to hit select retail and online stores starting from August 8. The carrier is selling the S Pen phablet for $250, which comes with the standard two-year service agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate. That’s quite a hefty sum, but T-Mo sure believes there are folks who won’t mind doling out the cash to get some 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display of goodness.

We’re pretty sure you’ve read all there is to know about the Galaxy Note, as the hardware is identical to the AT&T variant – except, of course, it will run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network. The dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, NFC, and 2,500mAh battery are all intact.

Being late to the party also means you are spared from the drama of waiting for that leap to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that the AT&T cousin had to endure. Wishing for Jelly Bean is rather pushing it, though.

And while it seems that the Galaxy Note 2 is so close that you can practically see it rearing its 5.5-inch display, there’s no guarantee you’ll see the phablet sequel making it stateside so early. We’re probably looking at the end of the year – at the earliest.

How about it? Will you take a leap of faith and get T-Mo’s Galaxy Note come August? Or will you hold out a month or so until there’s further clarification on the Galaxy Note 2?

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