Major carrier Verizon confirmed about a month ago that it would ship the Samsung Galaxy Note II by November 27.
Engadget reports the Big Red has started to ship the phablet to customers that made pre-orders and that the packages are expected to arrive on November 29.
Verizon is the last major US-based carrier to launch the Galaxy Note II, after Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T released Samsung’s Android flagship smartphone a few weeks ago.
The main reason the Big Red decided to delay the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II may be the fact that the carrier preferred to launch HTC’s DROID DNA, which might be a better choice for some Android enthusiasts that want big screens and top-tier hardware features at affordable prices.
In this regard, Verizon offers the Samsung Galaxy Note II for $300/€230 on 2-year agreements or $700/€540 outright. The DROID DNA, which features slightly lower specs is available for purchase for $200/€155 with new two-year agreements or $600/€465 off-contract.
Samsung recently reported that it had sold no less than 5 million Galaxy Note II units since its launch back in September.
The device comes with a huge 5.5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating.
Hardware-wise, the Galaxy Note II is pretty impressive. The device packs a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, a Mali-400MP graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM.
Although the smartphone is said to come with 16GB of internal memory, the actual formatted memory is less. However, Galaxy Note II owners will be able to further expand the storage up to 64GB via microSD memory card.
The phone has a high-capacity 3,100 mAh Li-Ion battery inside, which is rated by Samsung for up to 900 hours of standby time or up to 35 hours of talk time (16 hours in 3G mode).
Obviously, the Galaxy Note II ships with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, but we expect Samsung to deploy the latest Android 4.2 update as well.