FCC visits for three Samsung GALAXY Note II variants

FCC visits for three Samsung GALAXY Note II variants
Three versions of the Samsung GALAXY Note II have just visited the FCC The models heading for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon are now each one step closer to being released. For those who keep track of these things, the model number are SGH-i317 for AT&T, SCH-i605 for Verizon and the SGH-T889 for T-Mobile. All three are LTE enabled, even the T-Mobile model despite the carrier's lack of an LTE signal. It's a smart move really, because it will keep the phone relevant when T-Mobile turns the switch on its LTE pipeline sometime next year.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S III, the carriers are offering versions of the Samsung GALAXY Note II that are different from each other on the outside. Even minor design changes can lead to that f word-fragmentation-and then you are talking about different accessories for each model. Coming after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III delivered the same exact device to each U.S. carrier, (after accounting for individual wireless service of course) this seems like a step backward for the Korean manufacturer. One bit of carrier customization appears to be the branded home button on the Verizon version of the phablet, although that shouldn't require a separate line of accessories for the Big Red branded model.

We should know more on October 24th when Samsung introduces "The Next Big Thing" to the United States.

source: FCC (1), (2), (3) via Engadget



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40 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Great news to hear! Can't wait for the Note II!

30. IHateApple

Posts: 122; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

So Verizon Note can run LTE without Qualcomm SoC! How is that so?

2. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

That Verizon branding is so obnoxious! It's small, but so in your face... Might just be enough to turn me towards T-Mobile since I'm on the fence between the two.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If VZW releases a GN II at the same as the other editions are released, I won't be letting a VZW-branded home button stop me from picking up one. Here is hoping VZW ships its version at the same time as the other editions.

7. turys719

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

who care really i will be dropping my unlimited data plan in to this note and will be my best phone ever. Im very happy verizon is getting it..... f u lg intuition....

14. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Verizon can use a branding iron on my forehead as long as that beautiful 5.5 inch screen remains untouched.

21. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Would the phone function any better if it did not have Verizon on the button? To switch carriers over branding is just ridiculous. Just be happy that Samsung is doing the Note 2 right by not having any of those silly exclusive carrier deals. I will be a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 owner on day number 1. I've been waiting for Samsung to release a Note device on Verizon since the original came out.

29. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I agree it wouldn't affect the function but it's VERY obnoxious. I dont think the final version will have it but I wouldn't put it past Verizon. It seems the trend has been shifting towards manufacturer branding on the front and carrier branding on the back, which makes the phone look much cleaner without a bunch of logos.

32. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Go with Tmobile like I did. I'm loving it and my GS III and yes it will be LTE enabled when they flipped the switch.Plus UNlimited data NO throttling speeds,NO overages,NO caps. My bill is 70/mo.(UNL T/T=49.99)

34. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Yes I enjoy my unlimited data on my Galaxy S3 and my current 77:00 bill monthly. I was paying 190 for 2 lines on Verizon and my Galaxy Nexus never got of 1x/3g and the dBm and asu was shameful. My Galaxy S3 pimp slaps the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon even without jellybean.

33. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

It's childish and outright criminal for Verizon to use all that unneccessary carrier branding they are always having the need to be the ODD BALL. I left Verizon gladly in June and went to tmobile for my Galaxy S3 after the Galaxy Nexus shame. Thank god tmobile does android correctly and it's network s**ts all over Verizon all night long.

3. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Sprint?!! what's up?

13. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

On behalf of Verizon, I spoke to a Sprint Store Representative yesterday who said, "We still haven't fully launched our LTE roadmap and, hence, we have no LTE to offer the Galaxy Note II (like our GS III). If our customers want a Phablet they can always buy the Original Galaxy Tab we have on clearance.

18. dok2005

Posts: 55; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

that sound to made up papinyc. nice try though. true they dint have lte fully developed nobody does. i cant see them tell you hey buy a super old tablet when you want to buy a phone.

19. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Good one PAPINYC,..hahahahahaha

5. papss unregistered

Sprint sucks..sorry but true

27. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

You wont be saying that in a year, that's for sure.

6. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

What the hell... The T-Mobile version looks like a big brick lol. So only Verizon is keeping the original look/feel? Bah, humbug.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

What the hell are you talking about? They're all gonna have the same dimensions. Those pictures at the bottom of the article are not representative of the phone's design.

16. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Obviously Samsung is doing the same thing they did with the GS2. They're all going to have similar dimensions, but not the same. With the GS2, Sprint had the largest screen, AT&T kept the original look/feel, and T-Mobile had a more curved body, which is what's happening now with the Note 2.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

No, not obviously. Like I said, they will all have the EXACT same dimensions. Those pics don't mean anything. Trust me on this. The only difference will be the carrier branding.

23. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Only time will tell my man, but the article came from the FCC so it has much more credibility. Usually the FCC sketches are the final designs of the earliest prototypes.

24. g2a5b0e unregistered

Final designs of the earliest prototypes? I'm not really sure if that makes any sense.

28. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

haha, that was good.

31. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Just compare the FCC designs with the actual product releases of previous devices on your own and notice the similarities.

36. HowMyDictate

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Three variants of the Samsung GALAXY Note II visited the FCC, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile from left to right.....

35. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

This guy is a typical Verizon dweeb..Ask him how's his shared data plan working out. With that useless Galaxy Nexus that always drops data connection, sorry signal strenght, and crappy reception. Verizon and it's battery draining LTE network is useless..Tmobile pimp slaps Verizon

37. HowMyDictate

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

So far everything you post is anti Verizon, you trolling?

8. turys719

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

i have never being more exited about getting a phone then this time..... i will use it for my meetings play web browser everything i like it..... f yeah....

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