What Is The Samsung SGH-T879? Could It Be The Galaxy Note For T-Mobile?

So here’s the thing, we can’t absolutely, positively say that this user agent string and the Samsung SGH-T879 model number is a T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy Note. What we can say is that there isn’t another Samsung device on the market with a screen resolution of 800 x 1280. We can say that SGH-T8x9 is normally reserved for tablets. We can say the bluetooth doc relating the SGH-T879 originally called this a variant of the SGH-i717 which is…the AT&T Galaxy Note, unfortunately that comment has since been removed. Also, AT&T’s exclusivity on the Note ends this month.

Before we go on, a quick reminder, Samsung/T-Mobile devices are always SGH-Txx9. That’s how we know when a Samsung/T-Mobile device passes through the FCC.

So why do we think this is the Note rather than another Galaxy 10.1″ tablet?

  1. SGH-T879
  2. 800 x 1280 is smartphone orientation for resolution, tablet form is 1280 x 800, though the Galaxy Tab 10.1″ did report as 800 x 1280 so this isn’t a solid piece of evidence one way or the other
  3. SGH-T879 is classified as a phone by the Bluetooth SIG and Wi-Fi Alliance
  4. The user agent string seen above is the same as the one for the AT&T Galaxy Note, aka Samsung SGH-i717

The bottom line is we can’t say with 100% certainty that this is the Galaxy Note. It’s possible we’re looking at a 10.1″ tablet follow up to the current T-Mobile Galaxy Tab. However, the use of the word “phone” contained within the Bluetooth Sig and Wi-Fi alliance reports has us hoping and believing that this very well could be the Galaxy Note. Whatever this is, we know it’s coming to T-Mobile, that much we know.

Thanks to Conan Kudo for contributing to the report!


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  • http://twitter.com/gallifrey Craig Campbell

    All I’ll say is – if it is the TMO GNote, I’ll be picking it up as soon as I can get my grubby little hands on it!  Am currently persevering with an International GNote on TMO EDGE.  It’s surprisingly usable, but has its moments of utter frustration.

  • Littlesis1774

    Everyone needs to claim down. Are you sure that Galaxy note?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Are you asking me?

      • TrUsTmEi’MaNuRsInGsTuDeNt

        I think she is.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Then I would think her question is already well answered in the post.

      • Bleacherbums1

        David she can’t read very well…lol

    • LoLo

      Those on Tmobile who want the GNote, why not just buy the international N7000? I’m using it on TMOBILE and while yes, I only get edge, its actually not all that bad, it loads up pretty fast. I don’t miss 4g at all and I also have the SGS2 and the Sensation so I know what 4g is, and 2g comes pretty close on the N7000 with Tmobile.

  • azazellov

    Finally some good news for t-mobile, if T-mobile gets the Galaxy Note I’ll definitely buy it.

  • LTEstyles

    Let’s hope it’s not a watered down version of the Galaxy Note, like how the Galaxy S2 was compared to it’s brothers. Regardless, i still might get it.

    • TopTechRep

      WTH are you talking about? How was the T989 watered down versus the other versions? Elaborate.

      • Get_at_Me

        I’m sure that comment was in reference to the s3 snapdragon processor as opposed to the exynos….someone correct me if im wrong but i pretty sure the ATT note has the same s3 processor as the Skyrocket and our GS2.  TMO’s Note will probably be identical to ATT’s (except for LTE compatibility)???

        • LTEstyles


  • Havoktek

    I’d buy some new khakis and some more big pocket Jeans along with a new contract for this baby!
    I will abstain from any other device till I have it….! Or my contract is up and I switch whichever comes first!

    • 21stNow

      LOL, I needed a new jacket recently.  I made sure that it had plenty of big pockets for my phones!

  • Taron19119

    Is it true that at&t excuses on the note will expire in september

    • Wilma Flintstone

       It’s in the post…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000248799459 Jamar Eccleston

    sgh t839 was the sidekick 4g ”
    We can say that SGH-T8x9 is normally reserved for tablets. “

    • Get_at_Me

      sk4g was the exception to the rule….original galaxy tab was t849, 10.1 tab is t859 and the newer 7″ tab is t869

  • now_onTMO

    hmm just wondering about something, i noticed from reading the comments here and other articles regarding new phones, that these people are willing to spend money and buy the devices they like off contract , just like that! LOL

    are you people rich? or are scamming the carriers? pay the subsidized price then forget about it or whatever magic that works..LOL , just curious all of a sudden , cause i have to wait for contract to end in order to get a new phone, although i can afford off contract phones while still tied to my contract, i just won’t do it.. LOL

    just wondering thanks.. :)

    • Johnny Brown

      I buy phones off contract so I don’t have to worry about being tied to one… I’m not rich by any means, but I do splurge on full-priced phones every once in a while. When I don’t spurge, what I do is put money aside in my “new phone and tech piggy bank” and if there’s a phone (or tablet or whatever tickles my fancy) that comes out that I just gotta have, I break open this piggy bank and get it!

      As not to be a phone hoarder, I’ll list my old phones back on ebay, craigslist or sell it to places that buy back old phones. Though if it’s a phone that I don’t want to part with, or a phone that I want to keep to just develop roms and stuff on, then I’ll hold on to it. So I never have more than two, three phones at a time. My daily device, my backup device (cause you gotta have a spare just in case it breaks or something), and the device that I use to test new roms and such on. 

    • Philip Courtois

      I’m sorry if you don’t know by now, but plans such as T-Mobile’s Value plan is cheap enough for you to set aside money for buying your off contract phone of choice. And have extra money left over.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

       I mostly always buy all my phones unsubsidized, it’s rare when I take the discount.  I usually get a new phone every 8 to 10 months.  its just a preference.

    • 21stNow

      I came to T-Mobile as an Even More Plus customer, so all of my devices with them are at the full retail price.  No, I’m not rich.  But the plan does allow the freedom and low prices to be able to get new devices whenever I want one.

      Last year, I planned for which phones I wanted to buy this year based on new features and platforms that I wanted to try out.  I set aside money for that so that I could buy the devices that I want.  Phones are my hobby.  Some people like to ski, attend sports events, or whatever.  I like to buy phones.

    • 21stNow

      I came to T-Mobile as an Even More Plus customer, so all of my devices with them are at the full retail price.  No, I’m not rich.  But the plan does allow the freedom and low prices to be able to get new devices whenever I want one.

      Last year, I planned for which phones I wanted to buy this year based on new features and platforms that I wanted to try out.  I set aside money for that so that I could buy the devices that I want.  Phones are my hobby.  Some people like to ski, attend sports events, or whatever.  I like to buy phones.

  • Tapmaster

    Look at how the comment board lights up when Tmo finally gets a true high end phone.  Hopefully they get the Lumia 900 soon too.  

    • Nikolai T

      They’ve had a lot of “true” high-end phones (e.g. the HTC Sensation, HTC Amaze, SGSII). Even the Samsung Vibrant was high-end when it was first released.

      • TBN27

        The horses always wear blinders.

        • Nikolai T

          Wrong. I’ve looked at other carriers as well. Fun fact: the Thunderbolt and EVO 3D both have the same specs (excluding LTE and the screen) as the Sensation.

        • TBN27

          I am referring to that everyone keeps saying that T-Mobile never has high-end Phones while they would have up to 3 or 4 of them staring them in the face. The one that kills me the most is that because the Galaxy SII in T-Mobile is considered trash because of the S3 chip, versus the sprint and AT&T withe the exynos.

        • Nikolai T

          Ah. I agree. My apologies.

        • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

          I think TBN27 was agree’ing with you and disagree’ing with Tapmaster and think he was referring to him having the blinders one… tho I could be wrong, I’m not him after all lol

  • Risn

    Aww now we have a big sister galaxy s2 say hi to galaxy note your successor

  • Hurycne

    Fast forward 90 days, will we have to chose between the Note or the S3?  Now that is what I have been waiting for!!

  • Realcool2000

    Cmon guys, there’s nothing the exynos can do that the snapdragon can’t. Also the snapdragon CAN support 42mbs and the exynos CAN’T so all the technical debates in the world won’t change that.

  • philly8

    Doesnt anyone think its a little to late? I mean I have been wanting the note forever to be on tmo network, but now I feel like they took to long….Next thing you know theirs a newer thinner galaxy s note plus.

    • Starfury1

       well att had exclusivity rights on the phone till the end of this month so tmobile and everyone else had to wait till that was over,

  • Brad Johnson

    T-Mobile is killing me.  It was hard enough thinking about the One S and the Galaxy S3, and what if they get the One X?

    I am tired of thinking about phones officially.

  • Cybersedan

    I would scoop this Phablet up so quickly, they’d think I stole it… come on make it be true!!!

  • Lani

    I sure hope TmobileUSA gets a Samsung 5.3″ screen soon. 

    It took TmobileUSA a year (after Sprint) to start selling their first Android 4.3″ screen mobile.  That was way too long…

    • Khalints

      Htc HD2???

      • MarcusDW

        their first Android 4.3″ screen mobile.”

  • Vim

    While a sizable slice of the population considers the Note to be too large (i’m on the fence myself), it’s pretty clear that there is a market for this beast of a phone given AT&T’s sales numbers.   It’s also been one of the most requested phones  in the comments section here over the past several months.  So I think it’s a smart move on T-Mobile’s part to pick it up.

  • Ohgeez10

    Just left Costco and although he Note thy had was just a dummy phone, I compared it to my tmo sg2 and kind of freaked out for a quick second at the size difference. I still want one but definitely will be using a Bluetooth for phone calls. I put it next to my ear and my wife cracked up.

  • Guest

    couldn’t this be the Samsung Galaxy SIII? I would love to see the Note for tmobile though!

  • Guest

    don’t overlook the posibilities of the Sammy Galaxy Nexus..

    • Alec Ritter

      I believe the Galaxy Nexus has a resolution of 720×1280 not 800×1280

      • guest

        ah you’re right

  • Guest

    Samsung’s website shows that the available tablets carried by T-Mobile go by T849, T859 and T869.  You would think the next tablet inline would be the T879.  They do have a tablet coming out called the Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000 with specs of 1280 x 800, ARM processor and supposedly support for GSM voice communication, SMS, and MMS according to GSM Arena.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KBGSD5EUE3NDIT63VHJA4DRV7E J B

    I  bought the ATT i7i7 Samsung Note and hacked into it for use with T-mobile,   and got pretty fast 4g speed (about 9-10 Mbps) with my Tmobile sim card.  One important matter though, it’s not very stable. So, I ended up selling the Note and rather wait for the official Tmobile Note to come out, or the Galaxy S3.  Trust me, if anyone trying to buy the ATT i7i7 to modify to work on Tmobile, don’t waste your time.  You won’t get stable 4g signal.