After watching other countries unbox their beautiful Galaxy Note II handsets for the last few months, it’s finally Australia’s turn to get the massive new handset. Here’s how much it is and where you can get one.
Samsung announced that the Note II to the local tech-press in an event this evening that had all the hallmarks of a reality-distorting Apple press conference.
The local version of the Note II will support 4G at launch — a change in strategy from Samsung’s last few devices — and it will come packed with faster specs than the international versions. You get a 1.6GHz quad-core processor rather than the 1.4GHz chip and it packs the same 2GB of RAM.
The company's local head of telecommunications, Tyler McGhee, told a packed house that the device would cost $899 outright. That's a good $200 or so more expensive than 4G-enabled grey imports from the likes of Kogan and MobiCity.
No word yet on how much the device will cost when saddled with a plan and 24-month contract, but it will be available from all three major carriers -- Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. It's worth noting the last network in that list won't support 4G at launch, you'll be waiting until next year.
Neither Telstra, Optus or Vodafone were prepared to confirm pricing when we called for comment, but we expect full pricing in the next few days.
The Note II will also bundle in a NAVIGON GPS app that won't cost you a cent. The app is being bundled in for free and the data it uses will remain unmetred for all Galaxy Note II users.
The device goes on sale from the major telcos and the Samsung Experience Store next week.