Jan 03 AT 3:54 PM Nick Gray 50 Comments

US-bound Samsung Galaxy Note gains NFC support, early CM9 build, may be headed to Sprint

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is getting quite a bit of attention today. The first bit of news isn’t huge, but it does give us more proof that the Note is headed to AT&T. The first press shot of the Galaxy Note has surfaced, prominently displaying AT&T’s logo above the screen. While specs are nearly identical, the AT&T variant is also said to feature an NFC chip, something that its European counterpart lacks. [1]

The modders and hackers among us will probably be thrilled to hear that the Samsung Galaxy Note has received an early Android 4.0.3 CM9 build. Naturally, there are quite a few things not working as they should, but we suspect the Cyanogen team will have the bugs worked out long before Samsung gets around to rolling out its official Android 4.0 update for the Galaxy Note. [2]

The last bit of news seems to confirm some of our previous speculation about the Galaxy Note. According to the latest rumor, Samsung is working to bring the Galaxy Note to Sprint’s network. No specifications for Sprint’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note are currently available. We suspect the Sprint version of the phone will not come equipped with support for its new LTE network, but WiMax support is certainly on the table. [3]

We’ve known for a while that the Samsung Galaxy Note is coming to the US market this year. We suspect Samsung and its carrier partners will fill us in on all the details at CES. Stay tuned folks; we should know the Samsung Galaxy Note’s fate in less than a week.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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