The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is just about to hit the shops, but EE has confirmed a 4G version will be launching in the UK in the middle of October.
EE confirmed the Android Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE ‘phablet’ will be available from October 15th, while other ‘4G Ready’ phones including the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE are available today (October 3rd).
A 4G-version of the Samsung Note 2 was shown at IFA, headed for the US, but this is the first time it has been officially confirmed for the UK.
With the exception of superfast broadband – five times faster than 3G according to EE, specifications are likely to be identical to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (above). This includes a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280×720 resolution, quad-core Exynos chip, 1GB RAM and of course S Pen with 1024-level pressure sensitivity for annotating and drawing.
At the moment there has been no confirmation of what 4G frequencies it will be compatible with. If it just supports 1800MHz (like the iPhone 5) it will only work on EE’s 4G network, and later Three’s. However if it supports multiple bands (like the Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920), it will work on the 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrums O2 and Vodafone are expected to bid on before rollout commences in summer 2013.
There’s no news yet on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE price, but we expect it be slightly more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. If you’re tempted by the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, EE has already confirmed that customers on T-Mobile or Orange contracts can switch to an EE contract (when they launch) without penalty. With an October 15th launch date we expect EE to announce prices very soon.