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Samsung has announced that its latest smartphone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note 2, will land on British shores next Monday, Oct. 1. Like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 before it, the Note 2 will be available first at the Samsung brand store at the Westfield shopping center in Stratford, London, as well as major UK networks, and independent retailers. That roughly fits with what we were hearing yesterday from Phones4U, which expects to fulfill Note 2 orders from Oct 2.

The Galaxy Note 2 will become the first major non-Nexus Android device to hit store shelves with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And with a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos CPU and 2GB of RAM, it's no slouch in terms of hardware specs either. Like its predecessor, the Note 2 comes with a Wacom-based Samsung "S Pen," which this time around has been redesigned for easier grip and better on-screen action. For more on the Galaxy Note 2, check out our hands-on coverage from IFA.

Samsung informs us that the Note 2 will be available in both marble white and titanium grey colors, so it looks like there'll be no waiting around for secondary color options, as was the case around Galaxy S3 launch time.

Anyone picking up a launch day Galaxy Note 2 in the UK? Hit the comments and let us know. We've got today's press release in full after the break.

25 September 2012, London, UK – Samsung Mobile UK has today announced that the Galaxy Note II will be available from Monday 1st October from the Samsung Brand Store at Westfield, Stratford City and across all major networks in the UK.

The Galaxy Note II launches with Android™ 4.1 JellyBean and an upgraded Google Now service, which includes new features such as contextual search. With a 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus, owners of this new device can enjoy super-fast screen transitions and performance when browsing the Web, as well as quick app start-ups.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The introduction of the original Galaxy Note was a great success - we succeeded in creating an entirely new category and went on to sell more than ten million devices globally. With the Galaxy Note II, we’re not only expanding the category, we’re also evolving the technology to the point where it genuinely feels as though you’re using a traditional pen and paper. What’s more, it’s a device that everyone can use – whether that’s a fashion designer drawing a new design, or young professionals using the multiscreen and pop-up features to edit a document, send an email and browse the web – all at the same time.”

“We were delighted by the hugely positive response we received when we first announced the Galaxy Note II at IFA back in August. The Galaxy Note II is a whole new level of innovation and we are confident users are going to enjoy the updated features and design of our latest Galaxy device when it hits the shelves on the 1st of October.”

The Galaxy Note II comes with an advanced S-Pen, which together with features such as Air View, S Note and S Planner, make everyday tasks such as annotating documents and sending emails, much easier and more intuitive. Featuring a 5.55” (141mm) HD Super AMOLED display, content can be seen much more clearly and vividly – plus it’s much thinner and lighter so it’s much easier to read and view content on the Galaxy Note II whilst on the way to work or out at a business meeting.

The Galaxy Note II’s 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel front-facing cameras with HD video recording, include features called Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot, Best Photo and Best Faces - so the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos can be selected. Plus AllShare® Play means content, such as videos, photos, presentations and documents, can be shared with a large group in real-time by connecting the Galaxy Note II to Samsung HD TVs, phones, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network.

The Galaxy Note II will be available in the UK across all major networks including CPW and Phones4u in Marble White and Titanium Grey.


Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 coming to UK on Oct. 1


Please, take my money. I must have that phone. The Note 2 will make one heck of a package along with my SGS3. I guess I will have to pick up the 10.1 note as well, I must be nuts but I just love these new Samsung Products.

You know, these devices work together so well.

I will be picking up the Note II wen it gets to the US, but I already owned the original Galaxy Note, and Note 10.1. It was great to make a note on the 5.3, and easily transfer that note to the 10.1 and vice versa.

Using the smaller Note when I was out and about at work performed like a charm. I could jot notes, phone numbers, email addresses, and any pertinent information, and sync those notes into folders and sub-folders on the 10.1 when I got back to the office or at home.

I now own the Gs3, and while the Gs3 is an amazing phone, it's only a phone. I only sold my Note 5.3 recently because the cost of service on At&t is ridiculous. I was paying over $100 a month for a single line, and that was with 3 gigs of data and the mobile hotspot feature turned off. I moved to Sprint, picked up the Gs3 as an added line to my account and now I pay $50 for unlimited data, and the mobile hotspot feature turned on.

Now that I know the Note II is coming to Sprint, I will sell the Gs3, and use the the Notes 5.5 and 10.1 together. I miss the functionality, and can't wait to have both devices working in tandem again.

Gonna pop into Samsung shop on Tuesday, if it fits my jeans pocket they are getting my cash. Says hspa in article this is a LTE phone right? No LTE no sale.

Nope :( no LTE. I don't understand why... The Note 2 and the SGS3 would have been perfect launch phones for the new EE 4G network. I'm gutted :(

Are you sure?? Samsung spec says LTE, I too am waiting to go 4g with EE thought I would buy phone sim free now and switch to EE 4G when my Vodafone contract expires in a couple of months

This may be a stupid question, but if I buy the UK version will it work in the Us? I have Tmobile so I don't care about LTE