The original Samsung Galaxy Note only came out in Canada six weeks ago in its original black design, but all three major carriers have confirmed that they will be releasing a new white version of the phone (or is it a phablet?). The Rogers and Telus versions are now available in Future Shop stores.
The specs of the phone are exactly the same, so there is no real difference here between the black and white versions. Even the S Pen stylus has been turned white to match the rest of the device.
As part of the new launch, Samsung has also said it will offer a “Premium Suite” upgrade that’s supposed to “enhance and add” to the Note’s exclusive features like the S Pen. Not sure what that means, and Samsung hasn’t elaborated further, other than to say that the new features will have something to do with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
That’s the second part of the announcement. An Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is coming in “late spring”, and as you guessed, it will apply to the black Galaxy Note as well. More than likely, the Premium Suite and ICS upgrades will come at the same time, and “late spring” probably means late May or early June.
The Note has sold more than 5 million units worldwide so far, making it one of the premier Android phones available right now. Luckily consumers won’t have to wait as long for a white version of the phone like they did with the white iPhone 4.
All three carriers have the white Galaxy Note in their respective rosters, but the Bell version won't be available at Future Shop locations.
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