WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.
Samsung has just announced that its smartphone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note that was revealed at the IFA trade show earlier this year, will be hitting shelves in the UK next month. The Galaxy Note is expected to be available online, at retailers, and from major UK carriers, though Samsung did not reveal which ones at this time.
The Galaxy Note was one of the most impressive devices shown off at IFA this year, as it features a massive, 5.3-nch WXGA (1280 x 800 pixel) HD Super AMOLED display and dual-core 1.4GHz processor. Adding to its uniqueness is the inclusion of support for a stylus that is housed within the phone's body. The Note also features an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz interface.
Interested buyers in the UK can expect the Galaxy Note to be available for purchase on November 17. Pricing was not announced at this time.
The Note has the world's largest Super AMOLED display, at 5.3 inches, and it features an HD, WXGA (1280 x 800 pixel) resolution. Powering that massive screen is a dual-core, 1.4GHz processor, and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. The Note has an 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a 2 megapixel front-facing shooter. The rear camera is capable of recording 1080p HD (1920 x 1080 pixel) video.
Despite its massive display, the Note is quite thin, checking in at under 10mm thick. The phone itself, if you can still call it a phone at this point, measures 146.85mm x 82.95mm x 9.65mm (5.78in x 3.27in x 0.38in). A large screen requires a ton of power, so Samsung has slapped a 2,500mAh battery in the Note. The Galaxy Note supports the 850/900/1800/1900MHz GSM bands, and HSPA+ 21Mbps on the 850/900/1900/2100MHz bands.
Although it has the appearance of tablet, the Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz interface. More than just a Wi-Fi or 3G connected tablet, the Note has full support for voice calls. Interestingly, Samsung has included a stylus, called the S Pen, that can be used for drawing or writing on the Note's display.
Thankfully, the S Pen slots into the body of the Note, so it won't be easily lost. Samsung has included some apps with the Note that take advantage of the pen's capabilities, including S Memo for note taking and a quick, one-step screen capture. The company promises to release an SDK for the S Pen that will allow developers to take advantage of it as well.
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