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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Now Available for Sale in the UK

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Samsung is kicking off October in style.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II recently went up for pre-order in the United Kingdom with Samsung announcing an official launch date for the device a day or so later. The release date from Samsung stated that the phablet would debut in the United Kingdom on Monday, October 1, well before it hits the United States.

 

Well, in case you hadn't checked your calendars, October 1 is here, which means so is the Galaxy Note 2. In fact, according to Pocket-Lint, folks have actually been able to snag the phone since yesterday, as long as they were willing to hit up the Samsung Brand Store at Westfield Stratford City. The phone was officially unveiled at the flagship store at around midday and was on sale shortly after.

The Galaxy Note II was announced last month at IDF and features a 5.5-inch display (up from 5.3-inches on the first Note), a quad-core Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, LTE, WiFi, an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, a 1.9 MP front-facing camera for video calls, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device will be available from O2, Orange, T-Mobile, and Vodafone in the UK. Pricewise, you can snag the phone for free if you're willing to sign a contract that costs over £40 per month. If that doesn't float your boat, expect to pay anywhere between £50 and £320 for a less expensive contract. 

The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to hit the United States in mid-November, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

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    classzero , October 1, 2012 2:58 PM
    There you go UK! You have something not available in the US!
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    xpeh , October 1, 2012 2:58 PM
    This thing is enormous!
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    noob_g , October 1, 2012 3:32 PM
    can't wait till it is available in AUS!!
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    fuzzion , October 1, 2012 4:09 PM
    xpehThis thing is enormous!


    That is what she said to me ;) 
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    avaksman , October 1, 2012 4:11 PM
    Checked today in a very large O2 shop , they said they never got it , and are not sure when they will.
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    Anonymous , October 1, 2012 4:13 PM
    Enormously awesome!!
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    back_by_demand , October 1, 2012 5:07 PM
    classzeroThere you go UK! You have something not available in the US!

    We have better broadband too, no Verizon or AT&T to stick limitations and high cost up the ass over here
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    back_by_demand , October 1, 2012 5:09 PM
    avaksmanChecked today in a very large O2 shop , they said they never got it , and are not sure when they will.

    Samsung Brand Store at Westfield Stratford City is the only place in the story, expect elsewhere later
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    aracheb , October 1, 2012 5:25 PM
    fuzzionThat is what she said to me

    lol...

    have you ever been told, that thing Is like giving birth without being pregnant first
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    Anonymous , October 1, 2012 5:42 PM
    Enormous in every way! Not just the size but it packs technology not all in iPhone 5. iFans, what can you say?
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 1, 2012 5:46 PM
    Man, this is a device that I have been waiting to get some hands-on time with, but I recently went to an AT&T store and played with the original Note, as well as the Galaxy SIII. The Note is big. It might be too big. I love the idea of having a screen that size, but for day-to-day use...it might be too much. Also, the pen seemed to be of limited use. I couldn't swipe the home screens left and right with it...what? Maybe I missed something, but where was the option to use handwriting recognition while composing texts and so forth?

    And as for the SIII...I was a little disappointed. Good size screen, crazy thin, but I'm honestly kind of bored with Android and I didn't find the user experience very inspiring. Maybe I just crave variety, but that Lumia 920 is looking more and attractive, to be honest. With the touchscreen as sensitive as it is, it seems like you could use a mechanical pencil or some other device as a stylus, and get most of the advantage of the Note 2 right there.

    Anyway, I'll probably still hold off on upgrading until I can try the Note 2 and the Lumia 920 side-by-side. If the Note 2 is just a bigger SIII, though, I might end up jumping ship. That scarlet 920 is kind of growing on me...
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    robochump , October 1, 2012 9:40 PM
    I dont believe Galaxy note will catch on. Too big as a smart phone and too small for a tablet. Time will tell.
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    maestintaolius , October 1, 2012 10:47 PM
    robochumpI dont believe Galaxy note will catch on. Too big as a smart phone and too small for a tablet. Time will tell.

    Note 1 sold well enough for them to bother making a note 2. Personally, I couldn't care less what catches on, I still want a Note 2 because it's what I want and to heck with all you cool kids. This is, of course, assuming it's an option for me (stupid Verizon).
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    TunaSoda , October 1, 2012 10:57 PM
    maestintaoliusNote 1 sold well enough for them to bother making a note 2. Personally, I couldn't care less what catches on, I still want a Note 2 because it's what I want and to heck with all you cool kids. This is, of course, assuming it's an option for me (stupid Verizon).

    It is already submitted to the FCC as a Verizon variant...
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    IQ11110002 , October 2, 2012 7:39 AM
    Old_Fogie_Late_BloomerMan, this is a device that I have been waiting to get some hands-on time with, but I recently went to an AT&T store and played with the original Note, as well as the Galaxy SIII. The Note is big. It might be too big. I love the idea of having a screen that size, but for day-to-day use...it might be too much. Also, the pen seemed to be of limited use. I couldn't swipe the home screens left and right with it...what? Maybe I missed something, but where was the option to use handwriting recognition while composing texts and so forth?And as for the SIII...I was a little disappointed. Good size screen, crazy thin, but I'm honestly kind of bored with Android and I didn't find the user experience very inspiring. Maybe I just crave variety, but that Lumia 920 is looking more and attractive, to be honest. With the touchscreen as sensitive as it is, it seems like you could use a mechanical pencil or some other device as a stylus, and get most of the advantage of the Note 2 right there.Anyway, I'll probably still hold off on upgrading until I can try the Note 2 and the Lumia 920 side-by-side. If the Note 2 is just a bigger SIII, though, I might end up jumping ship. That scarlet 920 is kind of growing on me...

    For day to day use it's perfect, I get envious just looking at mate at works S3 while I have to almost squint on 3GS, No way in hell I will be settling for anything less than 5+ inch screen size on next phone,Bring on the Note 2!
    Still going to fit easy in my pockets, Hells it's even thinner than my 3GS. Think of it like a wallet, fits in your pocket easy enough as long as it isn't fat loaded up with coins, As she says it's the width that matters not the length. ;) 
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 2, 2012 6:36 PM
    IQ11110002For day to day use it's perfect, I get envious just looking at mate at works S3 while I have to almost squint on 3GS, No way in hell I will be settling for anything less than 5+ inch screen size on next phone,Bring on the Note 2!Still going to fit easy in my pockets, Hells it's even thinner than my 3GS. Think of it like a wallet, fits in your pocket easy enough as long as it isn't fat loaded up with coins, As she says it's the width that matters not the length.

    Oh, I'll definitely give it a fair shake when it actually shows up in stores. I'm just less enthusiastic about it than I was before I played with the original Note and the SIII...that doesn't mean the Note 2 has no chance to wow me. We'll see. :-)
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    vishnusivathej , November 2, 2012 1:23 AM
    People might say that the note 2 size is large and things like that... Once you get used to it... It takes only a week for you to realize... size doesn't matter, when it comes to your productivity and the things that you can do with this already limitless.

    I thought probably its a bad idea to buy one, but i did buy it after listening to a few friends.. and damn its the best thing i have..