Samsung Galaxy Note confirmed to be making its way to T-Mobile [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Senior News Editor
T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the most oft-leaked handsets in recent memory, but today it's finally making the jump from Rumorland into Officialdom. T-Mobile has confirmed on its official @TMobileHelp Twitter account that it will offer the Galaxy Note. Unfortunately, the carrier has yet to confirm when the device will actually be launching or how much it'll cost when it does.
While the Samsung Galaxy S III has been taking up quite a bit of the new device spotlight on T-Mobile, it's nice to see that the Galaxy Note will also be making its way to Magenta's shelves for folks that've been dying to get their mitts on its 5.3-inch display. Of course, there are ways to get an AT&T-branded Note to play nice with T-Mobile, but this new version will offer a simple way to get a Note on T-Mobile sans hacking. Now we just have to wait for T-Mo to come forward with some official availability details. Stay tuned, Magenta Army!
UPDATE: T-Mobile finally made its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note officially official earlier today, but just in case you needed even more confirmation that the device exists, we've got it for you. In a new press release that just hit the wire, T-Mobile has confirmed that it plans to offer the Galaxy Note sometime "in the coming weeks." No pricing details were disclosed.
T-Mobile did reveal that its Galaxy Note will come with with Android 4.0, Samsung's Premium Suite and the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, the latter of which includes apps like Dropbox, Evernote and LinkedIn. On the hardware side of things, the Galaxy Note features a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras. Also included is compatibility with T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network.
So now the T-Mobile Galaxy Note is doubly official, but we still don't know exactly when we'll be able to buy one or how much it'll cost. Baby steps, I suppose. T-Mobile's full press release, as well as an official press render of the Galaxy Note complete with T-Mobile branding, is available below.
T-Mobile Expands Its Galaxy Lineup With the Samsung Galaxy Note™
Smartphone Delivers Innovative All-in-One Experience With the Perfect Blend of Work and Play Features
BELLEVUE, Wash., — July 17, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., the No. 1 mobile operator brand in Samsung Galaxy S™ sales, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1, today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note™. One of T-Mobile’s fastest devices leveraging its 4G (HSPA+ 42) network and running on Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung’s Premium Suite, the Galaxy Note provides an innovative, all-in-one experience that is perfect for work, play and everything in between.
Consumers are demanding larger smartphone screen sizes. In fact, a recent T-Mobile survey2 showed 77 percent of consumers prefer a device with a 4.5-inch or larger display rather than a smaller screen. The Galaxy Note speaks directly to that demand with a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED™ touch screen — the largest screen on a T-Mobile® smartphone. The device is elegantly designed to handle both business and home tasks with ease.
The Galaxy Note with Premium Suite provides a range of productivity-enhancing features, such as the S Pen™, S Note, S Memo™ and Polaris Office. Now T-Mobile customers can write notes, to-do lists and annotate documents; share ideas and edited content; and create documents, presentations and spreadsheets to maximize efficiency while on the go. S Note helps to professionalize communications by providing templates for seven commonly used documents such as an idea note, travel notes, diary entry, meeting notes and recipes. S Note also allows you to import and annotate a PDF file and convert dictated or handwritten memos to text with the Continual Voice Input and Handwriting-to-Text features. With S Memo, Galaxy Note users have one-touch access to creating a typewritten, handwritten or voice dictated memo; researching information during creation; and adding an image.
The Galaxy Note also has the SAFE (Samsung Approved for Enterprise™) designation, which means it has a full suite of enterprise-ready features and capabilities, including comprehensive IT policy support for top-tier mobile device management (MDM) providers, on-device AES256-bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange, as well as integrated support for a range of virtual private network (VPN) solutions. The Galaxy Note also provides Wi-Fi Calling capabilities and, with a qualifying rate plan, can act as a Smartphone Mobile HotSpot for up to five devices.
“In addition to larger screens, today customers demand more from their devices — from having safeguarded access to corporate email and other productivity features to being able to rely on a speedy network for streaming content,” said Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the unique and highly innovative Galaxy Note in our lineup, we are even better equipped to help our customers strike the perfect balance as they juggle both professional and personal activities.”
The Samsung Galaxy Note also offers the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, an aggregation of key applications, such as Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner and LinkedIn, that can reduce the complexity and effort associated with finding and downloading business-related applications. By providing an easy path to cloud services such as Dropbox and Evernote, T-Mobile helps professionals easily store and access the documents, files, images and notes that will help them better manage their work from virtually anywhere.
Featuring a snappy Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 Processor with 1.5 Ghz Dual-Core CPUs, the Galaxy Note provides customers with incredible 4G experiences, making it the perfect all-in-one device to maximize efficiency and productivity, in addition to fun. The Galaxy Note offers a variety of entertainment experiences, such as T-Mobile TV in mobile HD3 for watching live TV programming, Samsung Media Hub for renting and buying the latest movies and TV shows, and Google Play Music for streaming and purchasing music. The Galaxy Note also features an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, to capture pictures and HD videos to share with friends, family and social networks.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is expected to be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online via www.T-Mobile.com in the coming weeks.
1 Samsung is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2012 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipment and Global Smartphone Shipment Reports.
2 About The Survey: The T-Mobile Smartphone Screen Survey was conducted between May 29th and June 5th, 2012 among 1,031 Americans ages 18 and over who own a smartphone, using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 3.1 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.
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3 Mobile HD TV can deliver a bit rate of 800kbps and 16:9 resolution; the bit rate and resolution you experience will vary based on many factors, e.g., programming, network connection and device.
Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Super AMOLED and Samsung Approved for Enterprise are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.