By Lisa Johnston
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Dallas – AT&T matched Sprint’s $299 price of the new Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone/tablet hybrid.
AT&T will make the Galaxy Note II “phablet” available Nov. 9 through its direct and indirect outlets, with preorders beginning Oct. 25 at AT&Ts web site.
For AT&T, the phone will be the carrier’s first with the Android 4.1 OS and one of its first quad-core LTE phones.
In September, Samsung announced plans for a broad U.S. launch of its Galaxy Note II smartphone/tablet in time for the Christmas selling season. It will be sold through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
Last week, Sprint became the first carrier to price the hybrid device, which will be available through Sprint channels on Oct. 25. And recently, T-Mobile said its version would be available shortly at an unannounced price.
Both AT&T and T-Mobile offered the previous version of the phablet, which AT&T initially priced at $299 and now offers it for $199. T-Mobile launched it in August at $249 with a Classic voice and data plan but no longer offers the device.
Like before, the phablet comes with the S Pen, which lets users sketch drawings, write notes, or compose handwritten emails and texts. But the new model adds slightly larger screen at 5.5 inches instead of 5.2 inches. The new model also offers a faster processor, packing a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exyno processor. The new model is also thinner and narrower than the first Galaxy Note, delivers longer talk time of 15 hours, and features S Pen improvements.
The AT&T and Sprint version feature 4G LTE, while the T-Mobile version features 4G HSPA+42.
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