EE has announced that it will stock the 4G-ready Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from October 15.
The largest of all the 4G phones currently available in the UK, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, will be available from EE within two weeks. EE’s 4G network isn’t yet up and running for the general public – it’s currently in testing across London, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham.
However, the plan is to have the 4G network available to up to 70 percent of the population of the UK by the end of the year. The initial roll-out will focus on cities including those currently undergoing testing, plus others like Leeds, Southampton, Newcastle and Hull. Sign up for a 3G Samsung Galaxy Note 2 package on 15 October and you’ll be given the change to upgrade to 4G once the new network’s available.
EE’s 4G network uses the LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard. In real use, this sort of connection can reach speeds of around 50Mbps. However, the true test comes once thousands of people have signed up for EE’s 4G network, putting the £1.5 billion infrastructure improvements under strain.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 improves upon the first Note with a better stylus, a larger screen and a thinner bezel – resulting in a phone around the same size. Other features include a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 processor, expandable storage and an 8-megapixel main camera. For more, read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review.
Samsung’s first Galaxy Note was a surprise success. In August 2012, Samsung revealed the giant phone that incited the awkward term “phablet” had sold 10 million units worldwide.
If you don’t care too much about 4G connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sells for around £549.99 SIM-free for the 16GB edition.
Watch our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Video Review