When Samsung teased their pre-IFA Unpacked event, they promised that ‘something big was coming’, and as far as smartphones go, the newly announced Galaxy Note is exactly that! However, as far as tablets go, it’s quite small and seeing as it’s a crossover device in the same vein as the Dell Streak; the Note is both big and small!
During the press conference, Samsung said it had talked to customers and found people wanted a bigger screen and more flexibility, something they took so seriously that they’ve introduced an entire new category to satisfy them. As well as tablets and smartphones, Note devices will sit somewhere in-between, making this the first in a line of similar devices.
The Galaxy Note has a 5.3″ Super AMOLED touchscreen with a very impressive 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and uses good old Google Android Gingerbread. A 1.4GHz dual-core processor runs the show, but the most unusual aspect of the Note is the addition of a stylus called the S-Pen. Yep, that item you thought had disappeared for good is back, allowing you to add notes and drawings onto the screen of the Note.
While the stylus is a product associated with smartphones of old, Samsung isn’t the first manufacturer to realise its potential with modern products, as HTC do something very similar with their Flyer tablet. A series of special applications will allow stylus input on the Note, and Samsung will be releasing an SDK for developers to incorporate S-Pen functionality in their apps.
The Galaxy Note’s feature list continues with an 8 megapixel camera, a 2 megapixel forward facing camera lens and a serious 2500mAh battery, all wrapped up in a super-slim 9.6mm chassis which weighs 178 grams – not bad for a device with a 5.3-inch screen!
Samsung say the Note will go on sale around the world over the coming months, and that they’re talking to several networks in the meantime. This could mean if you want one as soon as it’s available, you may have to stump up for an unsubsidised, SIM-free model.