Quad-core Galaxy Note 2 heading to Verizon

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

Brian Bennett Former Senior writer
Brian Bennett is a former senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET.
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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.