Samsung had announced earlier this month about the possible release of the Galaxy Note, a hybrid between a tablet and a smartphone. This raised some eyebrows, mainly because of the size after the Dell Streak hit the market and didn’t win too much favor. However, now Samsung has made it official that it will go on sale, at least in the UK in November and this means Asian and American markets shouldn’t be too far behind.
The Galaxy Note comes with a 5.3” screen, which when looked at closely is larger than the S2 but only by an inch. This might not seem too big but it does make a difference when trying to slide it into the pocket. The bright side is that the Note is very slim at less than 10mm. In addition, the 1280×800 resolution makes it among the highest for a smartphone, but then again, this is not one! From one side the Note too big to be a smartphone and too small for a tablet but from another perspective, users can have the best of both worlds. This will trickle down to personal opinion and Samsung is clearly open to taking risks in the market today.
Other features of the Note are quite impressive as it features a 1.4GHz dual core processor which is enough to handle all tasks with ease. This is coupled with an 8MP camera like most high end smartphones and comes with a minimum in built memory of 16GB (the higher end version has 32GB). It features Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the Touch Wiz 4.0 UI layered over it. Connectivity options are the standard quad band GSM with HSPA+ rating for data transfer. The screen is a Super AMOLED display, which is quite similar to the one on the S2. Once released in the UK, this phone/tablet will be priced at around £500 ($670).