When Samsung first came out with the original Samsung Galaxy Note, a lot of people were skeptical about the mark it would make in the smartphone competition. After all, it was a niche device with a massive size because of its equally massive 5.3-inch screen real estate. However, Samsung proved everybody wrong when the phablet became an instant hit among our smartphone-crazed brethre especially after realizing the advantages of its humongous display.
In US shores, it was only AT&T who picked up on the popularity of the phablet and released its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note earlier this year. T-Mobile also rode on the phablet bandwagon but did so in an ill-advised manner because it announced its version of the phablet just a couple of weeks before its successor was scheduled to be announced.
Now that Samsung already unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Note II, we are pretty sure that it will be made available in our side of the world once it launches on the October. Sad to say, no US carrier has come forward and confirmed that the second generation Samsung phablet is headed their way but our sources managed to get some details that point to the Samsung Galaxy Note II being released by Sprint later this year.
The information comes from an RDF file in the website of Sprint which lists a device it a model number SPH-L900. Though there was no direct mention of the device being Sprint’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the similarities in the specs sheet of the device in the RDF file and the actual phablet are too pronounced. In addition to that, word on the street is that this SPH-L900 smartphone has already visited with the Wi-Fi Alliance and received an interoperability certification.
With this much evidence piling up, could it be that Sprint is just waiting for the right moment to take the stage and unveil its variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note II? It could, it couldn’t. But we think the Samsung Galaxy Note II is just too juicy a smartphone to pass up on and at this point in time, we are just awaiting the word from Sprint that the Samsung Galaxy Note II is definitely headed to the shelves of the wireless provider.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, we see it as a Samsung Galaxy S III in steroids because of the design aesthetics in the two handsets. It is expected to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for its operating system and this will be powered by the phablet’s Exynos 4412 Quad chipset. With this SoC in its innards,the Samsung Galaxy Note II can rely on a quad-core 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 2GB of RAM to generate the computing power it requires. The device is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB in terms of storage space with an option for memory expansion but what sets the Samsung Galaxy Note II apart from the smartphone pack is its massive 5.5-inch SuperAMOLED HD display with a 1280 x 720 resolution. Its camera department is just as impressive with the phablet’s rear-facing 8MP shooter and front-facing 1.9MP video call camera.