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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date officially confirmed for UK: 1st of October

Ardjuna Seghers


Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date officially confirmed

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a pretty big phone, in every way. Not only does it sport a massive 5.3-inch HD AMOLED screen, putting it somewhere between the average phone and a small tablet like the Google Nexus 7, but it’s also more powerful than Samsung’s current flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3. And now we know exactly when it will be coming to the UK, as Samsung Mobile has released the official Galaxy Note 2 release date for these shores: October 1st.

Yep, on the first of next month, UK shops will be selling the next big smartphone. As we noted in our hands-on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review/first look, the new handset seems extremely impressive. In fact, the Galaxy Note 2 has the specs to make many other smartphones feel a little inadequate, with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and the usual niceties like NFC, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running the show.

Of course the Note 2’s unique feature, and the one it gets its name from, is the pressure-sensitive S-Pen ‘stylus’ that uses Wacom technology – great for designers, artists, those who prefer handwritten notes, and just general scribbling. Pressure levels have been upgraded from the original Samsung Galaxy Note, and, overall, the experience with using the Galaxy Note 2 should be more akin to that offered by the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which also sports a quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. Frankly, we’re glad the previously-rumoured release date of the 15th turned out to be a little pessimistic, at least for the UK.

So on the 1st of October we’ll have a new flagship in the Samsung smartphone stable "on every major network" according to the press release, but will it be enough to take on the mighty iPhone 5? They’re probably aimed at different markets, but both the Note 2 and Apple’s new iPhone will represent (however briefly in the former’s case) the best that Android and iOS have to offer. However, we’ll be sure to let you know soon in our full Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review.

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September 26, 2012, 12:52 am

I *was* looking forward to the Note 2, until two things happened:

1. EE announced 4G and didn't mention an LTE version of the Note for me to use on it, but do have an LTE S3.

2. I suddenly noticed that the screen resolution of the Note 2, and that of the S3, are in fact identical, so there's no actual benefit in terms of what you can fit on the screen to the additional bulk of the Note. This really astonished me - correct me if I'm wrong!

So now I'm really torn between the Note 2 and the S3 - not sure what I'll do if there is an LTE version of the Note 2 by the time my contract comes up in November. Hmm.


September 26, 2012, 1:38 am

You are correct in that the screen resolution of both the S III and the Note II are identical at 1280 x 720. The same info will appear on both screens, but the data on the Note's II's screen will be larger than that on the S III. However, you should also factor in the other major differences between these two devices beyond just the screen sizes: JellyBean (but it is coming to the S III by year-end) and the S Pen are the two most obvious. For a good side-by-side comparison between these two great Android devices, PhoneArena.com is a reliable source. http://www.phonearena.com/r...


September 26, 2012, 3:36 am

It's not clear whether this release date is for the LTE version, although if not the LTE version should be coming out in November.

Although the resolution is lower than the Note 1, it's a non-PenTile display so the apparent resolution is around a third better than the S3 and Note 1, both which use PenTile.


September 26, 2012, 3:38 am

I came to this article trying to find out whether LTE featured in the initial UK release of the Gal Note 2, or whether we'll need to wait a while, whether for hardware or software upgrade.


September 26, 2012, 3:40 am

the note is far more than just a big Gal S3, but since you appear to have forgotten about the S pen you might as well stick with the GS3.

Jon moonbeamsyndicate

September 26, 2012, 5:01 am

I was expecting an LTE version of the Note 2 from EE too... perhaps it'll come... I'm not going to be getting EE's LTE goodness in my area for the foreseeable future anyway, so it looks like a non-LTE handset for me for the next 2 years...
Regarding the screen, I believe the Note 2 uses standard RGB stripe as opposed to the PenTile matrix of the S3, so should be better...
My current contract ends on October 7th, so I'll be expecting Orange to honour my unlimited internet for a while longer while I try out the Note 2 to see if I really want it... with a rumoured HTC Nexus with 5" 1080P screen likely to appear, I'm going to REALLY need to be sure I want the Note 2... If Photoshop Touch and 50GB of cloud storage are thrown in, then I'll probably go for it... The SOC being clocked that bit faster than the S3 is also giving it the edge over the S3 for me, I think, and if the battery life matches the S3, I'll probably be sold on it... plus I really miss using a stylus! I still have an iPaq somewhere... I used to love drawing on that with... (forgets name of software) Photogenix?


September 26, 2012, 5:52 am

The point is you can read the text on, say, a website more easily on the Note 2 than on an SIII.

If my pockets were big enough (physically, not money-wise) I'd get the Note 2.

You might find the rumoured specs of the next Nexus phone interesting though. 5" screen, 1080p resolution. There's always something so much better just around the corner...

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