Well, Samsung must have known something the tech press did not, because it has since sold more than 10 million Galaxy Notes worldwide, and extended the product line to include a 10.1-inch Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, and the new Samsung Galaxy Note II, which was first unveiled at IFA in Berlin in early September.
We already know that five carriers will get the 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid, but Samsung looks like it will hold a grand opening anyway.
Look at the stylus in Samsung's Save the Date invite we received will tell you all you need to know: it's time for the U.S. to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (II) "phablet", considering that the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is out in the world, and since Samsung will want to put great marketing and sales efforts behind their latest phone in a category they're aggressively pioneering.
The Note 2 smartphone has a 5.5-inch screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an 8-megapixel camera, and will be the first U.S. phone to pair a quad-core processor (Samsung's Exynos brand) with 4G LTE.
Five carriers will get the Galaxy Note 2 by mid-November, starting with U.S. Cellular in late October for $299.99. Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will also sell the extra-large smartphone, but have not yet released pricing and availability.
You'd better believe that CNET will be in New York in October covering the event, and more pricing details will be followed until then.