As expected, Samsung Galaxy Note has just hit shelves in Canada. All three major carriers, Bell, TELUS and Rogers are now offering the smartphone for only $199.99 (150 EUR) with a new three-year agreement.
Customers who do not want to commit to a long-term contract can purchase the Galaxy Note for $700 (530 EUR) from Rogers or for $729.95 (555 EUR) via Bell. TELUS has the highest no-term price for the Galaxy Note, as the smartphone is available for no less than $780 (590 EUR) outright.
It is also worth mentioning that Bell Canada
offers a free accessory to every customer who purchases a Galaxy Note and signs up for a new three-year agreement. However, this is a time-limited offer, running through February 29.
According to Bell, the accessory may vary by store and will be available while quantities last, so customers should hurry up if they want to take advantage of this offer.
Although the smartphone is delivered with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread on board, Samsung confirmed it would roll out an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for Galaxy Note as early as March.
This would be the second Galaxy family device to receive the Android 4.0 upgrade after the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is rumored to taste Ice Cream Sandwich on March 1.
Unlike the European variant, the North American Galaxy Note
features a slightly different design. The former’s big D-pad has been replaced with four touch-sensitive keys, while the battery cover now features a textured pattern.
The rest of the specs sheet is similar to the European version, so expect this one to be equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 16 GB of internal memory, 1 GB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
The extra-large 5.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen supports 800 x 1280 pixels resolution, and features Corning Gorilla Glass coating.