Samsung has remained tight-lipped when it comes to the US release date for its Galaxy Note 2, but a tipster from a different company has reportedly disclosed the anticipated date. An internal T-Mobile document believed to have been leaked on Tuesday reveals an Oct. 24 North American release for Samsung’s “phablet.”
It is unclear if this alleged launch time is specific to T-Mobile or if the Galaxy Note sequel will make its debut on all American carriers that day. T-Mobile blog TMONews was the first to spot this potential release date information.
This Oct. 24 date happens to be the same one chosen by Samsung for its New York City press event, where the electronics manufacturer will presumably make more announcements concerning the Galaxy Note 2. The event invitation alluded to a Galaxy Note 2 launch, teasing with an image of the Note’s stylus pen alongside the company’s signature phrase: “The Next Big Thing Is Here.”
The reportedly leaked document from T-Mobile appears to be a fact sheet for upcoming product launches, highlighting Galaxy Note 2 features that Samsung had already revealed back in August. It’s also worth noting that the smartphone-tablet successor will be the first device in T-Mobile’s lineup to include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a quad-core processor.
Users will be able to make use of the extra screen space found on the Galaxy Note 2’s 5.5-inch display upon purchase, as the device comes pre-loaded with “Need For Speed: Most Wanted.” However, this is a sneak peak just for Galaxy Note 2 buyers, who will get to play the mobile racing game on their devices before its official Oct. 30 launch. This isn’t the first time Samsung has made a move like this---when the original Galaxy Note debuted in February it came pre-installed with Rovio’s “Angry Birds Space” prior to its launch.
If the alleged T-Mobile information holds up to be true, the Galaxy Note 2 will be available in two different colors upon release: Titanium Gray and White. The reportedly leaked document did not provide any insight on pricing, but U.S. Cellular has already begun accepting preorders for $299. The carrier’s preorder offer guarantees that the phone will ship by the end of the month, adding credence to rumors point to an Oct. 24 release date.
In addition to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 will come equipped with a 1.6-GHz Exynos quad-core processor, improved S-Pen features, a thinner and lighter body, a Super AMOLED display, Near Field Communication capability, and HSPA+ 4G connectivity. Samsung fans will have the option to order either16GB, 32GB or 64GB editions of the “phablet,” which boasts 2GB of RAM.
T-Mobile appears to be capitalizing on Apple’s most prominent rivals, given that it is the only major US carrier not offering the iPhone 5. The Galaxy Note 2 will be T-Mobile’s most powerful phone to date, and the company announced yesterday that it will exclusively offer Nokia’s Lumia 810. This is a variation of Nokia’s mid-range Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 820, one of its flagship smartphones of the year.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...