After all the rumors about when the Samsung Galaxy Note will finally hit the US, the release date is now official. Pre-orders for the 5.3-inch “phablet” with the S-Pen stylus will begin on Feb. 5, while store availability is slated for Feb. 19. The ’s on-contract pricing is $300 USD.
Unfortunately, the pricing isn’t as low as something like the the base subsidized price for theat $199 USD, but given all of the extra features of the Galaxy Note, and the fact that it’s a 4G LTE phone, it’s understandable that AT&T would price the Note higher to make that differentiation. Also, it’s conceivable that they’re anticipating a lower demand for the device, even though it has been popular overseas, because of its size, or perhaps because they feel it would still be a niche device among US customers.
Beyond the US shores, Canada has also gotten an official release date. Rogers, Bell, and TELUS will all carry the Galaxy Note starting on Feb. 14. Best Buy Mobile has announced availability, and a $249.99 CAD on-contract price with a 3-year contract. Apparently this is somewhat of a record high for a subsidized device in Canada. It is likely that off-contract pricing will be above $600 CAD. Interested buyers can stop in any Best Buy Mobile store starting today and put $50 CAD down to pre-order a Galaxy Note.