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Samsung Galaxy Note II Headed to the U.S. Mid-November

If you’re already thinking about your holiday shopping and are a fan of extra-large smartphones, here’s something you might want to add to your wish list.

Samsung announced today that its Galaxy Note II will be available by mid-November from five U.S. carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. Specific launch dates and pricing will come from the individual service providers in the coming weeks.

Announced in late August at the IFA Consumer Electronics Show, the Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch HD touchscreen, bigger than its predecessor (the Galaxy Note has a 5.3-inch display), and comes with an S Pen stylus.

When the stylus is removed from the phone, it automatically launches a set of apps optimized for use with the S Pen, such as the note-taking program S Pen. It also has mouselike functionality. For example, you can hover the pen over the screen to preview emails or drop-down menus on Web sites.

The Galaxy Note II supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ networks and features Samsung’s 1.6GHz Exynos processor, 16 gigabytes of storage and a microSD expansion slot. It also has a larger 3,100mAh battery, but weighs a touch less than the Galaxy Note. Still, at 5.95 inches tall by 3.17 inches wide, it’s going to be mighty awkward to use as a phone.

The Galaxy Note II will be Samsung’s first smartphone to launch with Google’s latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.

On another note (no pun intended), American Airlines announced today that its flight attendants will use the Galaxy Note to record customers meals and beverages and access customer information, such as those needing special assistance. American started using the Note in a pilot program this spring and will roll out devices to its approximately 17,000 flight attendants beginning later this year through mid-2013.

Updated at 8:43 a.m., PT with information about American Airlines.

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