Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Launches in South Korea
Photo: Samsung Reuters

The Galaxy Note 2 quite expectedly gets a favoured early launch on Samsung's home turf South Korea, while its international release date is set for October.

"We believe global sales of Galaxy Note II for the first three months will be more than three times those of the previous version," said JK Shin, addressing the media at the launch event.

"It took us some time to establish this new product category in the global market... but now we get far better response than the past," Shin added.

Let's take a quick look at the specifications of the next-gen Galaxy Note:

It's powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean onboard. It includes a 5.5in Super AMOLED HD display with 720p resolution, 2GB RAM, 8 megapixel primary camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 1300 mAh battery, as well as a new enhanced S Pen Stylus.

There is no word on the price yet for the device available in South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Launches in South Korea
Screenshot: Phones4U Reuters

Meanwhile, the UK residents are in for a treat, as the Galaxy Note 2 is expected to go on sale in the country next week, while it is already up for pre-order in the US and India. British retailers including Phones4U and Clove UK have already confirmed the availability of the device in the UK from next week.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Launches in South Korea
Screenshot: Clove UK Reuters

Phones4U is offering the Galaxy Note 2 for free on selected plans starting at £42 per month. Clove UK offers the unlocked version of the 16GB variant of Note 2 at £528. The unlocked version (SIM-free) is expected to start shipping in the first week of October.