Australian wireless carrier Optus is now providing its users with the possibility to pre-order a new high-end Android-based smartphone on its network, namely the Samsung GALAXY Note II.The handset is currently listed on the operator’s website on this page, available for reservations at no upfront cost on the $99 Optus Timeless Plans, and going up to $20 per month on the $30 monthly plans.
The smartphone is listed as offering support for the Optus 4G network and should be delivered to users in 6 to 8 business days, it seems.
With a large 5.5-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a 720p HD resolution, the smartphone packs a great deal of features meant to increase its usability on the go.
It is also capable of delivering increased performance levels courtesy of a 1.6GHz quad-core processor packed inside it, complemented by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory (a microSD memory card slot enables users to add up to 64GB of external storage).
On the back, the mobile phone packs an 8-megapixel photo snapper with support for full HD video recording. There is also a 1.9MP camera on the front for making video calls.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity was included in the handset as well, along with a GPS receiver and the entire range of sensors available in today’s high-end smartphones.
Galaxy Note II runs under Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, but its main selling point is related to the large screen it has been designed with, and to the S Pen attached to it.
“The Note II has a gorgeous, high resolution 5.55” HD sAMOLED screen that looks just fantastic. And with a 16:9 screen ratio, HD movies fit perfectly. It’s more than a mobile phone, more than a tablet; it’s a phablet,” Optus notes on its website.
“Writing notes with the S Pen has never been easier: handwrite memories on the back of photos, start Pop-up notes as soon as you pull out your S Pen, plus Easy Clip and Idea Sketch make getting ideas down quickly a breeze. Moreover, S Pen Keeper alerts you before you leave your S Pen behind.”