Samsung Galaxy Note II: Australian Price And Availability

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.

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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.


    I know someone who got the 4G variant of the device from MobiCity, it is extremely fast on Telstra's 4G network, and is hands down the best device to ever be released with a stylus, in my opinion at least.

    I've had mine for a while now (3G, from Kogan), and I've come to realise that it's a truly useful "work" device, as opposed to what you get with most smartphones which is casual utility compromised by the convenience of a smaller size - smaller phones feel nicer and lighter in the hand and they're easier to store in tighter pockets, but your battery is much smaller, you can't have extra features like a digitising stylus and even if you did the screen is too small to make it practical - and that large screen on the note makes work easier, especially if you have to select, copy and paste portions of text while doing web design or coding while out and about.
    It makes a fantastic art tool too!

    You could obviously do all that stuff better on a tablet, but this is just small enough to fit in my pockets and therefore it's a lot easier to carry about with me. You still have a size compromise for convenience then , but less so than with smaller phones. This is balanced more towards utility.

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      Styli were around a long time before touchscreens, think PDAs, so I don't see why any phone couldn't have one.

        It's not a stylus though, it's a digitising pen- which requires an extra layer in the screen to track it, separate from the stuff that works with fingers. It's quite a different thing, especially to a digital artist.If you've ever used a Wacom Cintiq or Intuous, you'd know what I mean.
        All those web ids of people using the S-pen instead of their finger: idiots. There's no point in doing that. It's for drawing. Use your fingers for the usual smartphone crap.

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    Looking more appealing now we have no idea what's going on with the Nexus 4 :(

    That $899 outright cost makes me feel more comfortable that I pulled the trigger on impulse this afternoon with Kogan (4G version). Now I just have to wait for it to get here...

    Will stick with Optus for the moment but keen to see which of the MVNOs offer 4G as I'm leery of the plans that the major carriers may release with. Amaysim Unlimited with 4GB data for ~$40 or Vaya with 5GB for $~40 (from what I noted after a quick browse) would be great but there's no information I could find for MVNOs offering 4G at the moment?

      Amaysim have on their FB page that 4g will be coming soon. No dates as yet though. I'm buying the Note II outright but don't know whether to wait for the Aus model or buy an overseas model off Kogan. What are the differences between the two if any? And also would there be update issues later on when looking at upgrading the OS? I'm just worried if I buy online that I'll regret it down the track. :-/ so confused.

        For those wanting to buy from Kogan, MobiCity or Unique Mobiles etc, be aware that Samsung Australia are not required to honour warranty claims for products that originate from OS. I have confirmed this with Samsung Warranty Dept a few weeks ago via phone as I was considering buying one through those same retailers. I have purchased a HTC device from MobiCity in the past. When I had a warranty issue I contacted HTC Australia about my problem they said I had to go through HTC in its originating country, this device being UAE (United Arab Emirates). So you may save some money up front, but it may stuff you around in the long run if you have issues. Same went for software updates, I had to wait for UAE to release a software update which never actually happened, even though it was released locally. The info above is the sole reason I have been waiting on a local release of this device.....

          When was the last time you had to make a warranty claim on anything? 2007 was the last time on a phone for me. I don't think it is a factor worth considering.

            Huh? Are you even serious? Are you implying that people don't make any warranty claims anymore?

            p.s. In the last 2 years, I've had to make warranty claims for a Samsung TV, a Macbook charger, a GSII battery

              No, I'm suggesting that electronics tend to either work the first time you switch them on and keep working or they don't. Given how much cheaper this is to buy offshore, two out of three of your warranty claims would still have you hundreds of dollars ahead.

              As an aside, Mac chargers seem to be delicate things. I know a few Applytes who've had to replace them.

            Three this year, on 2 different phones - a screen failure 4 months in, and two battery failures 10 months in. Also 4 warranty claims on laptops (a blown CPU, a blown GPU, my delete key not working and a screen failure). And one planned claim on a tablet (stupid home button is very tempermental). The only one that has copped any extreme abuse was my wife's iPhone, and that was the one with the battery failure.

            That being said, the crappiest phone I have at the moment - my Galaxy Mini - is coming up on 11 months without a claim, and I belt the living daylights out of that thing.

            You've been lucky, I've been unlucky - the key word here is "luck". My experience with warranty support via telco provider has been that you may as well go with the grey import, cross your fingers, and hope that if you do need any repairs, they cost less than the money you saved.

              I don't think luck enters into it. You seem to buy a lot of stuff, I do a lot of research before buying anything so that I get the right device. I also try to take really good care of all my stuff. My two year old ZuneHD, for example, looks absolutely brand new - there is not a mark on it.

                Hmmm, "Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions". There's no such thing as a perfect production process - any manufacturing process review methodology will focus on minimising defects, not eliminating them, becuase it's impossible to come up with a process that's 100% reliable. There too many variables involved, particularly with a process as complex as smartphones. Certainly seems to meet the requirements for luck. The most reliable smartphone - the iPhone (I know, but I checked: - has a failure rate of between 2-3%, so if I mangle the stats a little, the odds of my situation are about 1:1000, I think. I'd certainly call that "luck".

                In terms of research, I've held off buying a Note 1, despite the fact that it fits my needs rather well, because I usually avoid getting the first iteration of a device. In terms of care, my iPhone 4s was in mint condition when I encountered the battery issue (enough that the "Genius" that inspected it remarked on how surprisingly good the condition of it was after 10 months of use). The whole purpose of doubling up with the cheapest smartphone that still met my requirements for reliability and functionality, was to take the heat off my primary phone and tablet and keep them in good condition. Given that most smartphone users update on the 24 month contract cycle, 3 smartphone purchases for 2 people since 2009 wouldn't appear to be "a lot".

                  I think you are overthinking the situation. It is easily possible to manufacture anything to a standard that will result in failure rates comparable to other factors likely to affect it. e.g. drop rates or accidental immersions. I certainly don't hold to philosophies of avoiding the first iteration of a device, although I don't think of myself as an early adopter anyway.

                  Ah - an irregular verb: I research, you overthink, he's just been committed. :)

            Warranty is only part of the equation, software updates is my major issue. As I said above, a software update was released in Australia, but I could not get it without loading a custom ROM because HTC UAE never tested and released the update. I am well versed flashing ROMS etc, but I shouldn't have to if all I want is the last software update that was released for my device. Not all countries release software updates, and your device will only auto update based on the country of origin which is tied to IMEI number. Confirm with Samsung Australia if you do not believe me.... as for price, I can save about $200 for the imported version, the savings are not great enough to outweigh the potential inconveniences I may experience by have an imported phone.

              Do you need the updates? That is something I could definitely live without if I had to. I've not noticed any great improvement in WP7 since it was first released. Mango has some improvements but no deal-breakers.

              Hey mat, I am thinking of the buying the imported model, could you please explain what kind of inconveniences I am looking at? Is it only the software updates or is there more to it?

    My Galaxy Note 1 also came bundled with Navigon software, so I don't see how this can be an additional selling point for the GN2.

    "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 "

    Wait, which version had the 1.4 chip? I thought all Galaxy Note 2's were the 1.6 quads. Which would mean that it's the same as the international versions (n7105).

    Even the n7100 had a 1.6 chip.

    Anyone care to clarify? And you know if we get the nav app on the international version?

      The Navigon is from Samsung Australia which can be installed on any galaxy device be it local or international provided the device has been launched in Australia. You can download it from Samsung apps but it's not the best, and u still have to buy a lot of addons too. I used it on international Note 1 & S3 and now on international note 2. So it has nothing to do with Australian stock

    Haha as much as this is awesome I've had mine for just under a month now and its amazing! Just to let everybody know you would be silly not to buy this device. I'm a heavy user and I'm getting 24 hours usage on average. On my htc one x I would get 3 hours usage average :o

    Wrong info, Note 2 N7100 & N7105 both has 1.6ghz quad core processor, with the later being 4G LTE which is same as the international version imported by Kogan. Correct that pls. So no special difference with Australian version

    Yep, can confirm this is a great phone. Got it from Kogan because heard advice that Kogan has better warranty and covers shipping cost. And yes, no manufacture warranty if purchased from one of those online store (grey import model). Hands down, best phone i've owned, battery life ftw.

      Hey mate, I am thinking of buying it from Kogan but does the model from Kogan has "split screen feature" for multitasking and does it come pre-installed with the navigation app "Navigon"?

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