While tons of folk found themselves waiting with baited breath for the BlackBerry 10 release date only to find out the US market would have to wait, others were less than pleased with the way in which the Z10’s rather lofty price didn’t trigger any immediate and generous price-cuts from competitors. One particular suspect under the latter heading is the might Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which despite facing such huge competition and a successor very much on the way is still as premium-priced as ever.
…and chances are things aren’t going to change much in the near future at least.
The unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is still retailing for close to the $700 mark in most instances, which is nothing less than a huge testament to the popularity and success of the thing. Quite remarkable really, given the way in which the idea of Tabphone or Phablet was initially panned by most critics as pointless and futile.
For those happy to enter into the usual two-year service agreement to take one home, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is being offered by Sprint for a less painful $99, while the AT&T and Verizon versions come in at $199 and $149 respectively.
So, what is it that makes the Note 2 such a leviathan in terms of ongoing sales and demand?
Well, in the simplest terms possible, it’s easy to overlook the fact that despite there being thousands of newer combatants on the market, the Note 2 is still among the most powerful, capable and generally impressive Smartphones in the world. It packs a 1.6GHz quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM and that gorgeous 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen – a sight for sore eyes if ever there was one.
As such, it’s tough to even begin guessing how the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will perform later this year, which is largely expected to up the ante with a quad-core processor, 1080p 6-inch touchscreen and perhaps even Android Key Lime Pie – depending on release dates.