Leaked firmware all but confirms Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for T-Mobile


Here is one of the more bizarre tech stories of recent months. After delays, poor marketing decisions, or some combination of both saw the original Samsung Galaxy Note launch on T-Mobile’s network last month, the carrier is all set to followup with the Galaxy Note 2 when it touches down on American soil.

Leaked firmware compiled on September 15th all but confirms that the SGH-T889 is indeed TMo’s Note 2,  and suggests that the phone will launch with a spec sheet that mirrors the international variant, including Jelly Bean out of the box and HSPA+ support (as well as quad-core processing).

The Note 2 should launch in October (or early November at the latest), but nothing is set in stone right now. Samsung would like to launch on all major US carriers simultaneously. It’s odd that Samsung even launched with original Note with the Note 2 on the horizon, but releasing the followup to a device just about three months after it first hit shelves is a curious move any way you slice it.

[via SamMobile]


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  1. So we have a Verizon one, and a T-mo one. Any rumors about AT&T?

    1. Add to your list Sprint one :)

      1. So everybody except AT&T so far?

    2. Screw AT&T and their money grubbing sausage fingers!

      1. They are money grabbers but seeing they did release the first Note here in the states first they should pick up the Note 2. I just hope they stop wearing applebottoms and release 32GB version of the Note 2. Hate being limited to just 16GB.

    3. There are people claiming this morning that October 21 is “official” for AT&T: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDoQqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.christianpost.com%2Fnews%2Fgalaxy-note-2-release-date-confirmed-for-oct-21-on-att-81736%2F&ei=v2JXUOj0C6TF0QHDoIHgBA&usg=AFQjCNEPrhM2hG_RpH5FvuX4LvstnX094A

      I don’t claim to take that source as valid- but October 21 has been floating around for a minute now.

  2. Can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty…

    1. Same here, I was waiting for the GS3 but then it decided to use a dual core. If this thing comes to the US with anything but exynos, im not getting it. But i also understand, most people do not really care about the processor.

      1. I cared and ended up getting the S III anyway, begrudgingly. I am absolutely blown away with the battery life on the S III. Been using my phone all day without much cell service, although I’m on wifi, with over 2hrs of screen time and still sitting at 57% battery.

        1. That is pretty awesome and is good to know. I guess my line of thinking is that, when more processsor hungry apps come out, the quad core will have 2 more cores to play with u know? Maybe the apps are not taking advantage of the quad cores yet. But then again, it’s good to know that GS3 has been serving people well.

      2. I’m not knowledgeable on processors, but I attempted to take a few minutes this AM to read up on the Exynos 4412 and the Snapdragon S4 as I’ve seen several posts stating that the 4412, while a quad-core SoC, isn’t actually all that great. We know all about opinions, but I wanted to try to reason based on facts. I summed up the whole task by deciding that the Exynos 4412 is probably at least an incremental improvement over the TI OMAP 4460 in my Galaxy Nexus, so it’s really not worth worrying over.

        1. You probably won’t notice much just handling the two for few minutes. As you start switching through multiple applications and having downloads and music running in the background runs more fluid.

    2. Me too! Im getting every version of the note 2, that way I can have a mistress every night of the week!

  3. No different than Motorola offering the Razz Maxx shortly after the standard Razr was released. I think it was a bad move on Motorola’s part but for Samsung, I think they were just testing the waters and found them extremely friendly to the Note line.

  4. I hope they launch across all carriers in the States, but I still may get an international one so that it gets updates faster. Though Jelly Bean will already be on there, so I dunno. What do you guys think? I’m on AT&T.

  5. iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5… All at the same time. They all do the exact same thing, but obvious performance/size improvements in each iteration. One’s a little more low-cost than the other, and they’ll be there until they sell out of all of them. Question, answered.

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