Samsung Galaxy Note 2 unlocked with Android Jelly Bean remains expensive, sitting above $600 price tag despite growing competition, close “Galaxy Note 3″ release..
Feb 03, 2013, 2:00 P.M., SUNDAY. Article by: Kevin Go – People looking to purchase Samsung’s current-generation phablet, the Galaxy Note 2, will be hard-pressed when choosing between a carrier-subsidized or a SIM-free version of the Korean firm’s flagship device.
After doing a round of channel checks, prices of the GSM Galaxy Note 2 still range from $640 to $680 from various online retailers in the United States, it’s worth noting that local carriers like Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint are all selling the device at its full retail price of $699.99 — slightly more expensive than AT&T’s $649.99 offer.
Price talks aside, previous reports pointed at the highly rumored Galaxy Note 3′s imminent launch which was previously purported to hit the center stage on the upcoming Mobile World Congress, interestingly, new rumors are now suggesting that die-hard Samsung fans may finally witness the Galaxy Note 3 in its true form on September this year at the IFA consumer electronics fair which will take place in Berlin.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will supposedly sport a gigantic 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a full high-definition resolution, the S-Pen functionality powered by Wacom’s tablet tech, the newly announced Exynos 5 ‘Octa’ processor that packs four high-performance Cortex-A15 cores and a quadruplet of energy-efficient Cortex-A7 cores, 3 gigabytes of RAM and of course, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The innards of the current-gen Galaxy Note 2 pales in comparison to its successor, it boasts a [still impressive] 5.5-inch 1,280 x 720 resolution Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor clocked at 1.6 gigahertz, 2 gigabytes of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front shooter, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz Nature UX running on top, HSPA+ and LTE or Long-term evolution support.
We would like to point out that the Exynos 5 Octa chip that’ll soon power Samsung’s upcoming beast is also the same processor rumored to bring the Galaxy S4 alive, after witnessing the Galaxy Note’s evolution pattern starting from the Galaxy S2′s reign back in May 2011, we think it’s safe to assume that the Galaxy Note 3′s version of the eight-core Exynos 5 chip will be clocked slightly faster than the Galaxy S4. Still, nothing’s better than waiting for Samsung’s official announcement right? Then again, nothing’s wrong with speculating about the Galaxy S4 and Note 3′s spec sheets, it’s over speculating that we should avoid since it often leads to disappointments.
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