There have been rumors for months that T-Mobile is going to offer its own version of the Samsung Galaxy Note, and it now appears this super-size smartphone has been approved by the FCC, clearing its way for a U.S. release.
The name of the device that the Federal Communications Commission just gave its imprimatur to wasn’t revealed, but its product number was: SGH-T879. That is a designation that several unconfirmed reports indicate belongs to T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note.
This fits in well with information that recently leaked out of this carrier that said it plans to introduce this model on July 11. The price remains a mystery, however.
According to the FCC filing, this handset will support T-Mobile’s 4H HSPA+ service, as well as the frequencies it uses for 3G and voice.
More about the Samsung Galaxy Note
This product’s 5.3-inch, 1280 x 800, Super AMOLED Touchscreen puts its in an unusual category: half tablet, half phone because it’s larger than most handsets but much smaller than typical tablets. Some call it a phablet and other dub it simply a tabletphone.
On the inside is a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. Some versions of the handset have 16GB of internal storage, others have 32GB. All have a microSD memory card slot for additonal capacity.
This model debuted last year running Android 2.3, but a recently-released upgrade brings it up the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Other features include a rear-facing 8MP camera, 2500 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and much more.
Although larger than most of its competitors, the Galaxy Note has sold quite well — so far, over 7 million units have shipped. It’s apparently been successful enough that Samsung is reportedly working on a successor that will have an even larger touchscreen.