Samsung yesterday took the wraps off the third iteration of its Galaxy Note smartphone. The Galaxy Note 3 isn't due out until the end of the month, but several carriers in the United Kingdom have already confirmed plans to carrier the device and pre-orders are kicking off today.
Pocket-Lint reports that EE, Orange, T-Mobile, and Three will all be carrying the Galaxy S 3, and we imagine the other major carriers won't be too far behind. EE is launching pre-orders today, and is selling the phablet for £149.99 on contract with a £41 per month plan. T-Mobile and Orange are both offering the phone on a £42 a month contract with an upfront cost of £139.99 and £119.99 respectively.
The Galaxy Note 3 packs a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) hardware design compared to the Note 2, and more powerful and longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery. Processor of choice depends on either LTE or 3G markets (though the UK will be getting both). The LTE market gets quad core running at 2.3 GHz while the 3G variant will have an octa core (A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz). The camera is a 13 megapixel affair with stabilization and high CRI LED flash. Matching the Note 3's bigger size is the increase of RAM up to 3 GB. The Note 3 will come in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink, plus a myriad of color accessory options.
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Implies that it's somewhat unusual... which is normal practice. Cariers make this type of plans as soon as they get confirmation that product is ready.