The carrier has already tested the smartphone on its network
Although the 3G version of Samsung Galaxy Note II is already available in Australia, the 4G LTE model has yet to make its entrance on the market.There’s no official confirmation on LTE Galaxy Note II’s availability in Australia, but AusDroid has it from a tipster that Optus will be the one to offer the smartphone in the country.
According to the latest hearsay, the Australian carrier has already tested the LTE Galaxy Note II and hope to be able to launch it on the market sometime in December.
It’s unclear if the LTE variant of Samsung Galaxy Note II will be an Optus exclusive or additional carriers will offer it in the next few months. Anyway, rumor has it that the smartphone will eventually make it to Australian shore by the end of the year.
Obviously, it’s too early to talk about pricing options, but we suspect the smartphone will be priced a bit higher than the 3G version, which is currently available for 650 AUD (660 USD or 510 EUR) outright.
However, the Galaxy Note II was initially priced at 840 AUD (855 USD or 655 EUR) off-contract, so the 4G LTE model may be priced around the same amount.
The LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note II was spotted for the first time at IFA 2012 trade fair back in late August. From what we noticed, there is no difference between the 3G and 4G versions when it comes to design.
In fact, aside from offering LTE connectivity, the Galaxy Note II LTE does not come with anything new in comparison with the global version.
Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE is likely to be shipped with the same Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. In addition, the smartphone will be equipped with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 16GB of internal memory and 2GB of RAM.