Verizon has begun taking preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, joining three other major U.S. networks now selling the 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid device.
The Galaxy Note II is Samsung's largest phone -- bigger than the 4.8-inch Galaxy S III -- and the follow-up to the widely successful Galaxy Note, which made its world debut last year.
The phone/tablet hybrid runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, uses a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and has an 8-megapixel rear camera. It also comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus.
Verizon is selling a 16 GB version of the phone, with the Verizon logo branded on the device's home button, for $299.99 on a new contract. The phone comes in titanium gray or marble white and shipments to consumers are expected to arrive by Nov. 27, according to Verizon's website.