By Stephen Schenck | January 2, 2012 12:40 PM
The first time we got a look at the Galaxy Note as it got ready for its US debut was back at the end of November. We spotted the stylus-bearing Samsung sporting a revised, four-Android-button arrangement, as we often see phones adopt prior to their US release. From what we could see, though, the phone still hadn’t been adorned with any carrier-specific markings. Today we have our first glance at the Galaxy Note as it will arrive on AT&T, as well as hear some rumors about its hardware.
After making way for AT&T’s logo up top, Samsung’s own mark is allotted precious little space down by those updated Android buttons, leaving thing looking a bit cluttered; maybe saving the Samsung logo for the back would have been a smart move. Besides the new markings, things look unchanged since out last glimpse at the handset.
The source behind this image claims the Note will hit AT&T sometime in the first half of the year. Supposedly, this version of the Note will include the requisite hardware for NFC functionality; whether AT&T enables the chip or not (and with how American carriers have been behaving in regards to NFC, it’s a craps shoot) remains to be seen. The other interesting hardware tidbit is the claim that the AT&T Galaxy Note will arrive supporting the carrier’s still-new LTE network. Even where AT&T LTE service isn’t yet available, 21Mbps HSPA+ should suffice in a pinch.