Walked around the top level of SM San Lazaro in Manila (near UST) last weekend and saw several cellphone stores that already have Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on their shelves.

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For Pinoys who are looking at getting the Korean company's 2012 flagship phablet sans contract soon, the current mall price of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the Philippines ranges from Php 31,900 to Php 34,900 depending on the store. And if you're paying cash and you're particularly good at bargaining, maybe you can get it for an even lower amount.

Globe Telecom and Smart Communications have both announced their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 postpaid plan bundles. Globe gives it to customers for free with Unli Surf Plan 2499 with lock-up period of 24 months while Smart offers it for free with Unlimited Data Plan 2000 (30-month lock-up period), Unlimited Data Plan 2500 (24-month lock-up period), and All-In Plan 3500.

As earlier featured on TechPinas, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 effectively supersedes the best-selling 2011 TechPinas Favorite Samsung Galaxy Note First Generation as the company's flagship smartphone-tablet hybrid this year. SGNote2 features a 1.6 GHz Quad Core Exynos 4412 Quad CPU running TouchWiz-skinned Android Jelly Bean OS right out of the box, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8 MegaPixel camera with back-lit sensor and LED flash, 1080p 30fps video recorder, 4G LTE connectivity support (albeit you won't enjoy it without an LTE plan from your network), and a massive 5.5 Super AMOLED HD display paired with Samsung's all new S-Pen stylus.

Are you planning to get SGNote2 this Christmas? Will you be upgrading from your Samsung Galaxy Note N7000? Do you think it's a worthy upgrade? What do you like most about this new phablet? Kindly share your thoughts on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 via our comments section.