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Samsung is planning to launch its Galaxy Note II device in mid-November with five major carriers, the handset maker announced today. Specific pricing and retail availability is up to each individual carrier to announce at their leisure, but on the bright side, if you've had the Galaxy Note II on your radar, you can go ahead and put it on hour holiday wish list, regardless of whether you're an AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, or U.S. Cellular subscriber.
The Galaxy Note II features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD card slot), 4G LTE support, and a 3,100 mAh battery that's nearly a quarter larger than the original Galaxy Note. All this will come wrapped in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
"The original Galaxy Note created a new category of smartphones by combining the best of a smartphone with the best of a tablet. In less than a year, Samsung sold more than 10 million globally demonstrating the category is taking hold," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. "The new Galaxy Note II is a significant leap forward for the category."
While it's up to each individual carrier to announce pricing and release details, U.S. Cellular wasted little time by revealing it will carry the Galaxy Note II in stores and online "in late October." Those who pre-order a Galaxy Note II online will pay $300 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, U.S. Cellular announced.