Samsung Philippines just confirmed to me that they will be launching the Samsung GALAXY Note II here in the country on October 16.
The GALAXY Note II was announced on August 29 at IFA 2012. It packs a slightly larger 5.5-inch display than the original GALAXY Note, a zippy 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8 Megapixels camera, and LTE connectivity (market dependent).
If the large GALAXY Note 10.1 (our review coming soon!) is not your type, then you may want to hold on your money for a little while, as the smaller phablet will be formally launched here on October 16 and will be in the stores near you by October 20 and will have an SRP of P32,990. You can also get it with a 2-year contract on SMART or Globe.
Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) Specifications and Features
5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen display with 1280x720 (HD) screen resolution, Digitizer
8 Megapixels main autofocus camera with LED flash, 1.9 Megapixel front-facing camera
1080p Full HD video playback and recording
16/32/64 GB internal memory
2 GB of RAM
3,100mAh of battery capacity
GSM / HSPA+ / LTE
1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor
Gyroscope, Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Barometer
LED light for notifications
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 and 5 GHz
mHL, NFC, GPS
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS
Official pricing is yet to be announced but stay tuned right here as I will be there to cover the launch.
UPDATE: Samsung will be having a consumer launch event on October 20 at the SM Mall of Asia. The GALAXY Note II will be available in Ceramic White and Titanium Gray.
UPDATE 2: Samsung confirmed to us that the GALAXY Note II will retail for an SRP of P32,990.