Samsung have lifted the lid on the Galaxy Note here in Australia. The 5.3-inch device is available now from Optus and Vodafone for $0 on $79 and $5 on $59 respectively — Telstra will also be launching it (we told you!) in April with pricing unannounced. The Galaxy Note will also be available for purchase outright (and network unlocked) for $899 — $200 more than the $699 price MobiCity are offering.

Out of the box the Galaxy Note will be running Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’. Samsung are hoping to have Ice Cream Sandwich available to users during the second quarter of this year, but don’t get your hopes up on that time frame.

Specs for the Galaxy Note include:

  • 5.3-inch 1280×800 Super AMOLED HD display w/ S-Pen
  • 1.4GHz Dual-Core CPU
  • Android 2.3 (Android 4.0 coming in an update)
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0

Matt Booth is reporting from the luxurious The Rocks in Sydney.

Source(s): Optus
  • Jjones

    March 13th. Today !!  Whoa !!
    Where and When can i get a real physical Note to check out before buying.
    Vodafone? Optus?
    I’m in the MELB CBD let me know when your store has it to fondle.
    THX Jeff

    • NOZ

      I checked a few stores in melb today but couldnt see it…have one already tho…love it :p

      • Protec

        i just spoked with vodafone australia and they told me we have no news about this phone releses date so for now its just gossip.

        • http://ausdroid.net/ Buzz Moody

          Gossip? Not when Samsung have officially announced it.

  • Mark

    Kogan only $559 ….OZ always get ripoff and think we r rich….

    • http://ausdroid.net/ Buzz Moody

      Oh wow, go Kogan :)

    • MrSimtang

      Wow! Just bought one off Kogan. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Nathsgames

    I checked around up in QLD today and no one had it or knew anything about it. Telstra told me they weren’t sure  if they were still getting it or not. Crazy.

    • Godslayer

      I got mine from mobile made simple in adelaide st brisbane. $799 unlocked. No regrets its an awesome phablet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garth.wilson Garth Wilson

    it’s on the optus website now.

  • http://twitter.com/JM77 Jason Murray

    Been quite tempted by this :)

    Colleague just returned from Korea and reported that everyone had either a Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note or iPhone.

  • Ed
    • Jjones

      Thx or the tip,
      Now all we need is for a store to let us know were we can handle a live Note and see if it fits the bill.
      Optus Vodafone stores in MELB CBD be the first to let everyone in the universe know that you have a live Note to play with…

  • Gregmcph

    The Optus $49 + $11 plan would work for me. $60 for 1.5gig.

    I was in Kuala Lumpur a month ago. The phone is big there too.

  • Blah

    i got excited for a sec… stupid telstra.

  • Yislam

    Glad I got mine from Kogan. $588 delivered. One happy Vegemite!

    • Janbrandt

       I am thinking of doing the same. How long have you had your phone, are there any problems with Kogan or the phone?
      Have you subscibed to the samsung app web site.?
      Any help would be appreciated.

  • Gforce2001z

    So, no 4g LTE..?

    • Nathsgames

      No it doesn’t have LTE, anywhere in the World

      • Tazeem Naqvi

        Other than AT&T.

        • Nathsgames

          But that’s a different device to the one we have and LTE will not work here as its a different bandwidth, also the CPU is only the Snapdragon CPU and is reported to be vastly inferior.

          • Gforce2001z

            Oh well. just have to wait for the Samsung Galaxy S3

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  • Janbrandt

    Kogan have it for $549

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  • Alex Gerontzos

    Just thought I would confirm with all you good people that I happen to walk into Optus today and kindly asked the salesperson if they had the note. They assured me that it will be out next week and asked if they had the dummy phone and he was kind enough to go into the back and bring one out for me. May I say WA WA WA WEEEE WA!!!! My goodness this thing is freaken HUUUUGGGEEE!!!!!! I put put my galaxy s2 ( US Model 4.5″ screen) and it looked like a toy compared to it. 

    So yeah thought I share with you guys and gals that they are not far away.

    Cheers. 

    • S.O.P

       JB HiFi had a dummy at the Carseldine store (Brisbane) over a week and a half ago. I carried it around the store for a while, it fits perfectly fine in a standard pocket. Feels great in the hand.

  • Stance

    I wonder if Telstra’s version will get LTE?