Samsung's Galaxy Note II just recently went up for pre-order in the United Kingdom. Now the company has decided to break cover and announce the official launch date for the device. Despite Phones 4u listing October 2 as the delivery date for pre-ordered units, the release date from Samsung is actually a day earlier. This means the phablet will debut in the United Kingdom on Monday, October 1, well before it hits the United States.
"The introduction of the original Galaxy Note was a great success - we succeeded in creating an entirely new category and went on to sell more than ten million devices globally," said Simon Stanford, Vice President of the Telecommunications & Networks Division at Samsung UK and Ireland. "With the Galaxy Note II, we're not only expanding the category, we're also evolving the technology to the point where it genuinely feels as though you're using a traditional pen and paper."
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 Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to hit the United States in mid-November.