Sprint to begin $300 Samsung Galaxy Note II sales on Oct. 25

First quad-core smartphone available in U.S. runs Android 4.1 and has a 5.5-in. display

Sprint will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Note II on Oct. 25 for $299.99 with a two-year contract, the carrier announced early Tuesday.

If Sprint meets the schedule, the Galaxy Note II will be the first quad-core smartphone to go on sale in the U.S.,

Sprint today boasted that the Galaxy Note II's 5.5-in. display is the first of more than 5 inches.

The device runs Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, while other smartphones are still launching with Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Note II features a Samsung Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, and will run over the Sprint's 4G LTE network that's slated to be expanded to more than 100 cities in coming months.

The device is compatible with 3G GSM and CDMA networks as well.

The Galaxy Note II also comes with an updated S Pen that offers more precise writing and touching capabilities.

It also has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front camera.

Computerworld's Barbara Krasnoff detailed some of the features of the new stylus in a blog post last month.

Samsung has scheduled a formal unveiling of the Galaxy Note II and other products or Oct. 24 in New York City, according to a Samsung spokeswoman.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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