Samsung Galaxy Note 2 stomping into UK shops today

Brace for impact -- the enormous Galaxy Note 2 is barging onto UK shop shelves. We take a look at the best prices...

Batten down the hatches, grab some tinned food and stay indoors -- the enormous Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has risen from the ocean depths and is stomping its way through Britain.

On sale as of today, Samsung's lab-grown monstrosity is equipped with a palm-destroying 5.5-inch display, a heart-stopping 1.6GHz quad-core processor and a huge 3,100mAh battery. Oh, and a stylus.

The Note 2 comes in either 16GB or 32GB flavours, with the option to bump up the storage using a microSD card. Nifty. The software is on the cutting edge too -- this smart phone comes bearing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

If you want to acquire the Note 2, then expect to throw down over £500 -- Amazon lists this monster mobile with a £530 price tag for the 16GB option, although it won't start shipping the Note 2 until 16 October. Boo!

Meanwhile if you want to get the Note 2 on contract without paying anything upfront, expect to shell out at least £30 per month on a 24-month contract. Three is offering the phone for £500 on Pay As You Go plus a top-up, expect other networks' offerings to be similar.

Don't spend a single penny until you've read the definitive CNET UK review, which will be live shortly -- until then sit on your hands and distract yourself by reading our in-depth preview, and observing the hands-on video below.

Are you planning on buying the Note 2? Do you embrace enormo-phones or would you rather stow something a little more compact in your jeans pocket? Fire some thoughts into the comments, or onto our Facebook wall.

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