The Galaxy Note has been announced this week at CES in Las Vegas and already there are rumors about a Galaxy Note 2 showing up at the WiFi Alliance. It is strange how quickly things happen. We reported a few days ago where it seemed the Galaxy Note is more of a PDA than it is a phablet. The phablet is the category that they want this 5.3 inch phone and tablet to be put into because it makes it unique as compared to everything else that is out there now. With the latest rumors about an even larger Galaxy Note PDA being reported as appearing at the WiFi Allinace, what is next for Samsung and their Galaxy Line? Are they already trying to capitalize on the current success in Asia and Europe? If the rumors are correct, then the answer would be yes.
According to information from Engadget and others, it seems that the device which has been certified with the WiFi Certified Interoperability Certificate has a label of GT-N8000 associated with it and no other information. It has been certified to run over WiFi and cell service by this organization. There is also another device, the GT-N8013, which is at the FCC as well which is being looked at. The current Galaxy Note is labeled as the GT-N7000, so the naming conventions seem to be the same.
It seems that there are 3 different devices going through the regulatory process and they are the GT-N8000, GT-N8010 and the GT-N8013. There is always the possibility that these are the same Galaxy Note expect that they are for other US carriers such as AT&T. Since the Note is an LTE PDA, there is no reason AT&T would not be getting one in the next month. That is one plausible explanation for this. The other is that Samsung is expanding the Galaxy Note line to potentially include a large PDA like device. That is a practical explanation about what is going on. All of this speculation is adding to the news about the Galaxy Note here in the US. If there is a variation on the Galaxy Note we should be hearing about it in the next few weeks at the Mobile World Congress.