In the smartphone market, niche devices are not as popular as your regular superphones because these are manufactured for a certain part of the population. Take the case of the Dell Streak 5 for example. The Dell product is considered as the first smartphone slash tablet hybrid to hit the market but never got the warm reception it was hoping for from the smartphone-buying population. This is because the device had issues with its identity and was confused if it was an oversized smartphone or an undersized tablet.
The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note can currently be purchased starting at $199 at select online retailers.
Good thing the Samsung Galaxy Note did not have to contend with issues such as this. Of course, there will be those who’ll say that it is too massive and so on and so forth but after people got used to its bigger screen real estate, they began warming up to the idea of the phablet. From then on, the Samsung Galaxy Note became one of the more popular handsets in the stable of the Korean electronics giant.
Looking back however, the Samsung Galaxy Note was not supposed to get released in US shores and this much was confirmed by Samsung when it unveiled the phablet last year. AT&T was able to iron things out and managed to have the phablet added to its lineup. Since hitting the shelves of the carrier, the Samsung Galaxy Note became one of the best-selling devices at AT&T.
Although the carrier sort of had exclusivity over the phablet, there were reports back then that T-Mobile is also preparing to release its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The fact that enterprising developers managed to make the phablet run on the network of the Magenta carrier added to the speculations. Not only that, images of a T-Mobile branded version of the handset leaked out. It was also reported that a device that could possibly be the Samsung Galaxy Note headed to T-Mobile showed up at the doorstep of the FCC for some certifications. All of these evidences inevitably pointed to the fact that the phablet is indeed headed Magenta’s way.
Through all this, the carrier remained coy neither confirming nor denying the rumors. A couple of weeks ago, the pseudo-confirmation came via a Tweet from the carrier confirming that it will release a version of the phablet. The official confirmation came a day later after T-Mobile finally announced that it will indeed have the Samsung Galaxy Note added to its lineup of Android devices.
Back then, there was no information as to when the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note will be offered for public consumption or at what price point will it be coming in. now, it looks like the phablet is about to get released because the product page of the Samsung Galaxy Note already has the “Coming Soon” tag right next to it. Still no ETA but T-Mobile better hurry in getting its version of the phablet released because the Samsung Galaxy Note II is said to land on August 15 and it the magenta carrier further delays its launch, the more likely it will get overshadowed by its successor. If you want to get your hands on this phablet-superphone sooner, you can buy the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $199.