By Anu Passary email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 23, 2012 01:03 PM EST
Android developers are in for some good news as Samsung has just put up the developer edition of the Galaxy Note 2 from Verizon on its official product page.
This edition of the Galaxy Note 2 is a 16GB variant and will only be available in Titanium Gray, so those looking for other color options maybe a tad disappointed.
The features of the developer edition of the Galaxy Note 2 remain unchanged i.e. a 5.5-inch display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, S Pen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean etc. However, the key feature is that the developer edition Galaxy Note 2 will ship with an unlocked bootloader.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 developer edition product page, per reports, went up on Dec. 20 morning. However, even though the edition is listed, there is no information on the date of availability and pricing for the Galaxy Note 2 developer edition which has the SCH-I605 model number. Moreover, there is no e-mail sign up available to alert interested buyers of the availability.
Considering that the developer edition of the Galaxy S3 from Verizon retailed at full price, a strong possibility exists that the developer edition of the Galaxy Note 2 will cost a pretty penny and have unsubsidized pricing.
Currently, the developer edition of the Galaxy S3 (16GB) from Samsung costs $599.99 whereas the smartphone sells for $199.99 on a two-year contract on Verizon.
As a result of the estimated steep pricing, it is likely many developers would opt for a subsidized version of the Galaxy Note 2 over a developer edition, and tinker away to unlock the bootloader for developing purposes.
Verizon may have been the last U.S. carrier to launch the Galaxy Note 2, but hopefully the carrier will not delay the release of the developer edition.
Are you a developer? Are you excited that Samsung has outed a Galaxy Note 2 developer edition?