And one last biggie from Samsung at IFA – the Galaxy Note. It is quite clearly a smartphone but it does boast a 5.3 inch display, so it could almost be a baby tablet. It isn’t the first gadget to sport this sized screen, you might remember the similarly specced Dell Streak from last year.
What makes this a bit different is that it actually comes with a pen on board. The S Pen means that you can use the device’s big 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED display for everything from sketching to note-taking. It also comes with a planner – the S Planner, which is a professional planning tool that integrates the phone’s To-Do list and schedule.
Interestingly Samsung plans to release the S Pen SDK allowing app developers to create fundamentally new applications and services incorporating the pen functionality.
Samsung also claims that the bifg screen makes the device useful for things like PowerPoint presentations (yawn), web-pages, news apps and e-books.
It also boasts a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+ and LTE (4G) connections, runs Android 2.3(Gingerbread) OS and packs an eight mega pixel camera. Full specs below.
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
5.3″ WXGA(1280×800, 285ppi) HD Super AMOLED
Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash
Front : 2 MP
Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Share Shot
Video : MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1
Recording 1080p@24~30fps, Playing 1080p@30fps
Codec : MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, FLAC, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Samsung Kies 2.0/ Samsung Kies air
Samsung ChatON mobile messenger service
(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Smart Note Apps
S Pen / Pen UX
– Integrated Messaging(Email, SNS), Contacts/ Calendar Sync
– Basic: POP3/IMAP Email
Social Hub, Readers Hub , Music Hub
GoogleTM Mobile Services
– GmailTM, Google TalkTM, Google SearchTM, YouTubeTM, Android Market TM,
– Google MapsTM with Google Places and Google Latitude
– ODE, EAS, CCX, MDM, VPN, WebEx
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 + HS
USB 2.0 HOST
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer
16/32GB Internal Memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm
Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh