Just as we were expecting to happen, T-Mobile has officially released the Samsung Galaxy Note. The handset has arrived priced at $249.99, which comes after a $50 mail-in rebate and along with a two-year commitment. In other words, make sure you have $299.99 to shell out when making the purchase.
Otherwise, the Galaxy Note is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and sporting hardware features to include a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus HD display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2100 mAh battery, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and S Pen integration.
Aside from the $249.99 two-year agreement price, those willing to shell out the big bucks can opt to pay $599.99 and have no long term commitment. Finally, the question as to the impending Galaxy Note 2 announcement — this is a sticky point, but think of it this way — even if Samsung does announce the GN2, it is not like it will be available with T-Mobile anytime soon. If you want and/or need a new phone with T-Mobile and want a big display – go with the Galaxy Note now and be happy with what you have. And yes, the Galaxy Note 2 will likely have improvements, but that will not take away from what you are buying — a solid device with solid specs.