9 Comments

Summary:

Enthusiast site T-Mo News has two bits of evidence suggesting that T-Mobile will have it’s own version of the 5.3-inch handset; currently an AT&T exclusive in the U.S. market. Aside from a similar product number, an alleged screenshot from a Galaxy Note shows a T-Mobile app.

samsung-galaxy-note-landscape

Samsung has set the stage for what’s likely a Galaxy S III product launch on May 3, but its possible that a T-Mobile Galaxy Note could soon appear as well. Enthusiast site, T-Mo News has two key bits of evidence suggesting that T-Mobile will have it’s own version of the 5.3-inch handset that’s currently an AT&Texclusive in the U.S. market. Such a device won’t likely support LTE, but instead would use HSPA+ at either 21 or 42 Mbps for mobile broadband.

Exhibit A is the Wi-Fi certification for a product designated SGH-T879 with an 800 x 1280 resolution display. With the smaller resolution number first, the product is more likely a device held in portrait mode as opposed to landscape, i.e.: a handset vs a tablet. Another clue is the product designation. I have a 1280 x 800 Samsung tablet — the Galaxy Tab 7.7 — but the product number is P-6810. Samsung’s product number for the AT&T Galaxy Note LTE is are more similar SGH-i717.

The second hint is trio of alleged screenshots from an SGH-T879 handset. They show an 800 x 1280 screen with Android 4.0; in fact, it’s the same build number as AT&T’s Galaxy Note. Unless AT&T plans to offer a second Galaxy Note model — highly doubtful — this would indicate another carrier will get the device. The real kicker to me is in the second and third screenshots on T-Mobile news. I noticed an icon in the status bar that appears to be for T-Mobile’s Name ID service.

Samsung already has an international edition of the Galaxy Note that uses HSPA+, so a Galaxy Note for T-Mobile would only require Samsung to include support for the carrier’s 1700/2100 MHz HSPA+ band. In some sense, the AT&T version actually supports that frequency but only for LTE. The Android community has already found a way to tweak the modem software on AT&T’s Gaalxy Note so that the 1700 MHz radio instead uses T-Mobile’s mobile broadband network.

With the Galaxy Note garnering good reviews and having passed the 5 million units sold milestone last month, T-Mobile customers would likely add to the sales figure, even though many are wondering what to call a 5.3-inch smartphone. Asking if the Galaxy Note is a smartphone or a tablet is the wrong question in my opinion. Instead, I’d be more apt to ask if you’re a one-hand or two-handed smartphone user. If you’re in the latter camp, a 5.3-inch device isn’t too big for you on any network.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. Since it looks like it will come with ICS instead of Gingerbread, what I am wondering is will it come with one button or 4? I think I would prefer 4 buttons to avoid that whole virtual menu button problem.

    1. The International edition has one hardware button for home/wake (nice so you don’t have to reach for the power button) and 2 capacivite buttons: back and menu. Search was omitted. No idea if Samsung would stick with that for a T-Mobile version, but it’s a possibility.

      1. I doubt that since US Variants have always had capacitive buttons.

      2. It looks like the T-mobile Galaxy Note has 4 capacitive buttons. I think I could live with that.

        http://www.tmonews.com/2012/04/t-mobile-branded-samsung-galaxy-note-hanging-in-the-wild-looking-awesome/

  2. thescarletnumbers Monday, April 23, 2012

    love it!

  3. I want one! I cant wait!

    1. i also want one!

  4. Awesome, I wonder if Mugen battery will be compatible with T-Mobile…barely getting a day out of the phone :(

Comments have been disabled for this post