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.