Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch set for October 17, preorders open this Friday

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If you're not buying that other large-screened phone, then the Galaxy Note 4 should be at the top of your phablet-loving list. Samsung just announced that preorders for the Note 4 begin Friday, with the phone scheduled to ship in the middle of October.

Shipping dates and in-store availability differ by carrier. AT&T says the phone will ship Oct. 14, with the full unsubsidized price of the Note 4 ringing in at a whopping $825.99. Verizon does not offer a shipping date but touts its compatibility with Big Red's XLTE network, which the company says brings faster data speeds. 

If you want to pre-order for T-Mobile you will have to wait until Sept. 24, with the device available in store on Oct. 17. Sprint lists the phone as coming "in October" with a dedicated preorder page.

Further reading: Hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

The Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7-inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, which was recently lauded as best in class by the analysts at DisplayMate. It has a 2.7 Ghz processor, 3GB of RAM and a 16 megapixel camera. On the software side, the Galaxy Note 4 ships with Android KitKat 4.4.4.

The phone comes in the obligatory two colors: black and white. Decisions, decisions.

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