Check out our hands-on preview of the Samsung Galaxy Note here
IFA, Berlin: The lines between tablet and smartphone have been blurred
even further this morning with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note, a
5.3in smartphone with a Super AMOLED screen boasting a pixel density of 285ppi.
Samsung unveiled the smartphone (we’ll call it that for the
moment) at its IFA press conference this morning. The handset’s screen has a
resolution of 1280 x 800, which should ensure that it’s at least as sharp as
the screen we saw on the Galaxy S II.
The Galaxy Note comes with a powerful 1.4GHz processor, 1GB
of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a
2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Galaxy Note moniker is explained by the presence of a
dedicated stylus, called the S Pen, which slides out of the bottom of the Note
to, well, take notes. The stylus is supported by most of the phone’s native apps
including note-taking, email, IM, video and photo viewers, and Samsung will be
releasing an SDK shortly after the Note’s release – to help build a large
eco-system around the stylus. Check out the video below to see the stylus in action.
Despite the large screen size and the presence of a stylus,
the Note manages to retain the sleek lines of the Galaxy S II with an overall
thickness of just 9.65mm.
The Note is currently running Android 2.3.5 with the usual
TouchWiz UI on top, which has added a row of five launcher icon along the
bottom of the lock screen, allowing you drag them upwards to unlock the phone
into a particular app. Though we could imagine this being one of the first devices to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Pricing and release dates are unknown at this stage, but
Samsung is calling the Galaxy Note a global hero device and it is currently in
discussions with carriers. Samsung has also confirmed to This is my next that there will be a 4G version of the Note going on sale.
Our man Ed Chester is at the Samsung press conference and
getting his mitts on the Note as we speak so be sure to check back soon for our
hands-on preview. For now let us know in the comments if you think this form factor is a winner or falls between two stools.