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June 12, 2012

Galaxy Note Gets FCC Approval for T-Mobile 2G and 3G Bands

Those of you looking to stick with T-Mobile, but who also want a smartphone with an enormous screen, will be pleased to hear that the Samsung Galaxy Note was recently seen passing through the FCC. The filing shows that the device has been approved for 2G on 850MHz and 1900MHz as well as 3G on T-Mobile’s 1700MHz, 1900MHz and 850MHz bands. While there isn’t any confirmation from the carrier as of yet, it seems pretty likely that there’ll be word of a T-Mobile Galaxy Note in the near future.

In terms of hardware changes, it doesn’t seem like the T-Mobile Galaxy Not will differ from Notes from other carriers externally or internally. That means T-Mobile customers can look forward to the same dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM 16GB of internal storage and, of course, massive 5.3” display found on existing Notes.

The tablet/smartphone hybrid went on sale back in October of last year and many were skeptical as to how many units Samsung would sell of what seemed to be strictly a specialty device. However, it seems that a lot of people think that bigger is better, as the “phablet” began selling briskly at about a million units per month, resulting in total sales of about 50 million units globally by the end of May. In fact, ABI Research says that “phablets” like the Note may go on to become a big portion of the mobile market in the next few years.

Obviously, a larger display is better suited for media consumption, but the Note’s size also provides it with the advantage of surprisingly good battery life since Samsung was able to fit a massive 2,500 mAh battery into the Note. Of course, the Note also ships with its own capacitive stylus, the S Pen, for taking notes — but most users probably use it for the app Draw Something.

Since Samsung has started to finally roll out Android 4.0, “Ice Cream Sandwich,” to its high-end devices, the Note and the Galaxy S II, there’s a good chance that the T-Mobile Galaxy Note may just ship with the newest version of Android pre-installed.




Edited by Brooke Neuman


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