The Samsung Galaxy Note II will start landing in the U.S. soon, with Sprint confirming that the phablet will be available on its network beginning Oct. 25, a day after Samsung is set to hold a Stateside press conference for the device.
It is going to represent a number of firsts for the carrier, including being the first device to ship with Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) and the first smartphone with a display larger than 5-inches, thanks to its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Packing a 1.6GHz Exynos processor, the Note II will also be the first Sprint device to launch with a quad-core processor.
Samsung first unveiled the follow-up to last year’s surprise success at IFA earlier this year, touting a slew of new features that included the Note’s stand-out extra, the S-Pen. With improved functionality compared to its predecessor, the handset takes Samsung’s stylus interface to the next level, allowing users to use the S-Pen as a mouse-like cursor to hover over pictures, video and other content.
Like most high-end phones and tablets currently available, the Galaxy Note II is going to house dual cameras, with an 8 megapixel shooter in the rear and a 1.9 megapixel one in the front. Equipped with NFC technology, the device will support the Google Wallet app for mobile payments as well as let users share data by simply tapping similarly outfitted phones together.
Sprint is not the only company to offer the latest Note model, as Samsung confirmed last month that the device will be hitting all major U.S. carriers by mid-November and will cover a mix of LTE and HSPA+ networks. The Korean manufacturer is planning to hold a special launch event for the Galaxy Note II in the U.S. on Oct. 24 to officially mark the device’s availability.