Samsung has announced that its Galaxy Note ‘smartphone’ will
be in stores from next week, with a price tag of around £600.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a rather strange device, falling
as it does between the two stools of smartphones and tablets. Its 5.3in Super
AMOLED screen surely makes it too large to be used as a phone but too small for
use as a tablet.
The Galaxy Notes features 1.4GHz dual-core processor, an 8
megapixel camera, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage. Its price tag makes it
£200 more expensive than a 16GB iPad 2 and the same price as a 32GB iPhone 4S.
Of course the Galaxy Note, as the name implies, comes with an
integrated stylus for taking….well, notes. And to support this Samsung
has said that a number of apps designed specifically for the stylus will be
available at launch, including Soonr, OmniSketch, Zen Brush, ComicBook, and
While the Galaxy Note will be with us in a matter of days,
we’ll have to wait a further two weeks for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy
Nexus, which goes on sale on 17 November costing £550 for the 16GB model.
The phone is now available to pre-order on Amazon and in the
networks O2, Vodafone and Three have all confirmed they will be offering the
phone when it’s released.
In case you’d forgotten, the 9mm-thick Galaxy Nexus will
come with a 4.65in Super AMOLED Contour Display with a whopping 1290 x 720
resolution, 1.2GHZ processor, 1GB of RAM, a five megapixel camera capable of
shooting 1080p video and 16GB or 32GB of local storage.
The Galaxy Nexus will be the first phone to run Android 4.0
or Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung has resisted the temptation of putting its
TouchWiz skin on top – though this is probably more to do with Google’s
insistence rather than Samsung’s choice.
Let us know in the comments if you are planning on shelling
out for the Galaxy Note and/or Galaxy Nexus over the next couple of weeks.