I spotted 2 new additions to the Galaxy Note 2 collection on fastcardtech this morning. There are now a total of 4 different versions on Fastcardtech now. So to help buyers choose their phone, here is a breakdown of the differences.
1) HDC Galaxy Note 2
This version is the one that I have and very happy with it.
It is a 512mb version and this phone is now on super promo at $179 with free shipping (11dec) to several countries.
This is identical to a Zopo ZP900S or Zopo ZP900 Lite and the ROM can also be used on this phone as I am using now. Build quality is top notch. Zopo promises Jelly Bean update sometime later.
I have made a video review earlier here on youtube. Watch here
Click here to view or buy the phone from Fastcardtech.
2) HDC Galaxy Note 2 EX (extreme version)
This version is identical to the version above except that it has 1GB RAM and that is the reason Fastcardtech appended the EX to the name. I can confirm that they are identical as the microphone is on the left of the USB port and the USB port hole is on the metal bezel and both power button and volume rocker on the right side of the phone. This is identical to the Zopo ZP900 Leader and can also use the Zopo ZP900 Leader ROM. Jelly Bean is promised from Zopo. Advertising on the website showing android version 4.1.1 is wrong. This has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS. This phone cost more at $239 also with free shipping to some countries. Again, view my video to find out more here
Please browse this phone or buy it here at Fastcardtech. Pics below.
3) HDC Galaxy Note Plus
Browse or buy it here at Fastcardtech.
4) HDC Galaxy Note 2 Pro
I highly recommend no. 1) Galaxy Note 2 because of the high quality build, stable rom and fairly good quality camera. Price is reasonable with free shipping. Get it here. HDC Galaxy Note 2
I would also like to recommend the 1GB version even though the price much higher. For those who want all the good qualities of the original HDC Galaxy Note 2 and 1GB Ram for faster operation, you can get it here at $239 with free shipping to selected countries. Get it here. HDC Galaxy Note 2 EX
UPDATE: Thanks to a reader that pointed out to me that fastcardtech has another 2 models that I may have missed.
5) HDC Galaxy Note 2 S7100
This seems to be running a real version of Jelly Bean with QHD screen and 1gb of ram but only 5mp camera. Will order this soon to review...update: received this today. Real Jelly Bean and real 5.32 inch almost IPS screen but lacking camera quality. Go ahead and order this. (10 dec 2012)review coming soon.
6) HDC Galaxy Note 2 N7100
This seems to be dubious and I do not recommend buying this until things are clarified. The size of the phone seems to be too small for a 5.4 inch LCD screen and the weight is 120gm. The lightest phones are already 130-150gm and definitely not 5.3 inch. This phone looks tempting due to it's 1GB ram and full HD 720p screen. The Antutu info shows the processor running at 1.6ghz which is impossible for a MTK6577 processor. Also there are pictures of just the Antutu screen captures and no real pictures of the phone itself. I downloaded a png picture file which I believe is a direct screen grab and the size is exactly 540x960 which is QHD only. The S3 EX with real 720 screen did have the Antutu screen grab at full 720x1280. Download and check to see what I mean. All pictures are generic and copied from the S7100 model. Buy at your own risk. UPDATE: Nothing has changed on the site. I still will not recommend this. 4th December 2012
UPDATE(10 DEC 2012):This is the same phone as the S7100. I ordered the S7100 and has the label N7100 under the battery (phone arrived today). Could be a fake 720p screen modified in build.prop software.