Quad-core Galaxy Note 2 heading to Verizon

Refreshed Galaxy Note may hit Verizon with LTE and quad-core CPU.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2
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Apparently Samsung's unique Galaxy Note II is slated to arrive on Verizon. If a report is accurate, not only will the big-screened, pen-toting gadget boast 4G LTE data but also Samsung's quad-core Exynos processor. It'll be the first time a Galaxy Note has been scooped up by Big Red as well.

According to phone blog BriefMobile, Sammy's device will be coined the SCH-I605, and, like its global version just announced at IFA, it will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The real shocker, though, is that a source close to BriefMobile claims the Galaxy Note II will not push aside its quad-core CPU in favor of a more LTE-friendly chip like Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4. Up until now this has been the case for high-octane Android phones outfitted with LTE such as the HTC Evo 4G LTE and Samsung's own Galaxy S III.

Perhaps this represents a turning point in handset design, ushering in a new era of having your 4G and eating your quad-core cake, too -- with Jelly Bean sprinkles on top. If so, this holiday season could be an eventful one for Android users.

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Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.


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