After a long period of doubt whether T-Mobile would really be adding the Samsung Galaxy Note phablet to its lineup or not, we can say for sure that the Galaxy Note is coming to Magenta. An official announcement from T-Mobile has confirmed both the release date and contract price for the popular half-tablet half-smartphone device.
According to T-Mobile’s website, the Galaxy Note will be launched on August 8, with two payment options. The first would be paying $249 following a $50 rebate and going on the usual two-year agreement.
Buyers can also $199.99 upfront on a two-year contract, then pay $20 a month over the next two years, as part of the Equipment Installment Plan of T-Mobile. The launch announcement comes one week after several sources reported that it shouldn’t be longer before T-Mobile releases its version of the Galaxy Note.
Many have cast doubts on the wisdom of pricing the aging Galaxy Note at $249 upfront despite the fact it’s been around since late last year. Still, the phablet’s arrival should be a welcome development for T-Mobile’s customer base.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is best-known for its S Pen “smart pen” and jumbo-sized 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen. The device is powered by a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 dual-core processor and includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 16 GB internal storage with microSD support. Unlike the AT&T Galaxy Note, T-Mobile’s version will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right off the bat.