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Samsung Galaxy Note: It's a phone or tablet?

As we heard last week Samsung announced some new products today at IFA in Berlin. James wrote about the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 that looks lovely with that Super AMOLED Plus display. We also have the Samsung Galaxy Note, which is a very interesting device at 5.3 inches. This is my Next has a hands-on post with some great images of this new device

The Samsung Galaxy Note has the following specifications:
  • 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display with 1288 x 800 pixel resolution (285 ppi density)
  • 1.4 GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB of integrated storage
  • 8 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front facing cameras
  • Stylus pen
  • Android 2.3.5 operating system
The pen input is unlike the HTC Flyer in that you can use your finger or the stylus interchangeably. The device will launch in “the coming months” with HSPA+ and/or LTE support, but those deals are still being worked out with the carriers. I am not sure there is a place for a device like this when you have 4.3 and 4.5 inch smartphones and 7 inch tablets, but it sounds like the display is amazing. If you went with a smaller, more compact phone and wanted a tablet that was pocketable then this may be the perfect device for that scenario.

The size hasn't been a big winner for Dell, which has its Dell Streak Android products. But Samsung believes it's tapping into the thoughts of at least some customers:
"The Galaxy Note is a new category of product, developed through Samsung's deep consumer understanding and insight," Samsung said. "It combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability to create a whole new user experience."

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Samsung didn't detail price or availability. One thing it'll have to reckon with beside the usual matters of component supplies and retail relationships, though, is Apple's patent-related legal actions that are hampering Samsung's Android work.


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