Samsung's Galaxy Note, its interesting phone/tablet hybrid, met with mild success. Now it's time for its successor to make an impact on the American smartphone market. Too bad it's launching at a ridiculously high price on one of the smaller US carriers.
The Galaxy Note II goes on sale today via T-Mobile for $369.99. Of course, that's only if you subsidize it with a two-year contract. The unlocked price is $649.99. The device will be cheaper on Sprint as it launches tomorrow for $299 under contract on their network. Cult of Android reports that AT&T is just starting to take pre-orders while Verizon is MIA.
If you have the money to throw at the device, you'll be getting a pretty fantastic smartphone. The Galaxy Note II's obvious main selling point is its large screen. It features a 5.5-inch AMOLED HD that blurs the line between smartphones and tablets. It's powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz processor that runs Android 4.1. It also features 16GB of built-in memory with a MicroSD slot for further expansion.
Consumers who do decide to go with T-Mobile will get a few exclusive perks. All T-Mobile Galaxy Note II devices will have access to an exclusive racing game. The title of the game is not listed, but free games are always nice. It also features support for T-Mobile's AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory that allows users to stream content including movies and games to any HDMI-capable television.