Engadget: Samsung Galaxy Note II variants for AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon possibly caught at the FCC
It’s no secret that Samsung plans to bring the Galaxy Note II to many US carriers by mid-fall. Even so, getting there requires the FCC’s blessing — which makes us glad to see the regulator approve what might be three carriers’ variants of the giant Android phone. The SGH-i317 looks to be the model for AT&T and Canadian carriers, having been greenlit for their key 3G and 4G bands while lining up with a briefly available benchmark of the device sharing the Note II’s HD screen and use of Jelly Bean. The SCH-i605? Based on its inclusions of both CDMA and GSM, a lone 700MHz LTE band and a past screen capture leak, it’s a dual-mode Note II destined for Verizon. As for the SGH-T889, it’s even more conspicuous beyond what we’ve already seen: the T889’s HSPA includes the 1,700MHz AWS frequency that T-Mobile will still call home for a long while. LTE likewise exists on the 1,700MHz and roaming-friendly 700MHz bands in possible instances of futureproofing. While we rarely want to say a mobile device is confirmed until we see it first-hand, the convenient timing and natures of the three FCC approvals only help to fuel suspicions that Samsung’s pen-focused event on October 24th is all about the Note II’s American launch.