Samsung announces the Galaxy Note [Video]

Is it a big phone or a small tablet?  The line between the two just got a little blurry with Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note (for the record, Samsung is calling it a smartphone).

 The most prominent feature of the Galaxy Note is its 5.3-inch WXGA(1280×800) Super AMOLED display that offers a 180 degree viewing angle. In addition to this sweet display, the Note also brings with it the following:

  • 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
  • Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
  • Camera: Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash
  • Camera: Front : 2 MP
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
  • Smart Note Apps
  • S Pen / Pen UX
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct
  • Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer
  • 16/32GB Internal Memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Size 145.85 × 82.95 × 9.65 mm
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh
     

 I don’t know if it’s a phone or a tablet but I want one either way!

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What do you think - big  phone or small tablet?  Does it matter to you either way?  Let us know in the comments!

Hit the break for a copy of the press release.

BERLIN, Germany – September 1, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced today the launch of the GALAXY Note.

The GALAXY Note is a new category of product, developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight. It combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability, to create a whole new user experience.

The GALAXY Note has a 5.3” display which is the largest screen size with smartphone portability. It features the world’s first and the largest 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display, an expansive high-resolution screen that provides an immersive viewing experience. Taking full advantage of the large display, users will be able to do more tasks to create and consume more, with minimum scrolling and screen transitions, while on the go. An advanced pen-input technology, called the S Pen, is combined with the GALAXY Note’s full touch screen to introduce a new type of user-experience. Through this, consumers are able to freely capture and create ideas while on the go.

“The GALAXY Note is a device borne of our insight and innovation. We examined the fundamental elements of mobile culture, entertainment and communication in order to bring together the best experiences in a single, elegant device,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “The huge, 5.3” HD Super AMOLED screen is the largest, highest quality display available in any phone; the touch screen and S Pen combine to produce a uniquely accurate level of control and finesse, along with rich expressions across the GALAXY Note experience, enabling the introduction of new smartphone experiences.”

“The artistic freedom of a paper notebook is coupled with the benefits of Samsung’s smartphone technology and services, allowing users to create, edit and share with more style than ever before,” Shin added.

State-of-the-art Display
The GALAXY Note features Samsung’s own 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display providing vivid clarity that is superior to conventional HD displays. This ensures the best viewing experience for video, photo, document and web on the go with deep blacks and bright colors. The superior screen also offers a 180 degree viewing angle, allowing contents to be shared comfortably.

At 5.3” the best-in-class display is the largest ever included in a primary mobile device; measuring just 9.65mm thick, the GALAXY Note fits comfortably in a pocket to offer true portability.

Full Screen Utilization
The high resolution display ensures that PowerPoint presentations, web-pages, news apps and e-books can be viewed comfortably with minimal scrolling or zooming. Minimizing the need to switch between applications, the GALAXY Note’s HD super AMOLED screen is large enough to allow meaningful split-screen operation in the most frequently used native apps.
Samsung has also included S Planner, a smart professional planning tool that makes full use of the device’s large screen. The management planner integrates the phone’s To-Do list and schedule; control and navigation is intuitive, helping users to comprehensively organize their lives.

Free Capture & Creation
The GALAXY Note’s advanced pen input functionality is combined with the full touch screen to create a new input experience. The incorporated digital S Pen can be used for accurate sketching and artwork, and instantly capturing ideas freely before they float away.

The GALAXY Note features S Memo, a multimedia application designed to record all forms of user-created content. Pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes or drawings can all be captured via a single application and converted to a ‘memo’, to be edited, annotated and shared as desired.

A one-step screen-capture function also allows users to instantly capture any screen; captured images can also be freely and accurately annotated using the S Pen before being filed or shared.

The S Pen functionality has been deeply integrated into the GALAXY Note’s native applications to provide a richer interactive experience. Users will benefit from increased accuracy and control when editing or personalizing captured videos or photographs; and users will be able to draw and send handwritten images and notes via text message, email, and Samsung’s ChatON communication service.

Broadening the opportunity to create new user experiences, Samsung plans to release the S Pen SDK allowing app developers to create fundamentally new applications and services incorporating the pen functionality.

Superior Usability, Powerful Performance
The 1.4GHz dual-core processor ensures the device is incredibly fast and a smooth user interface ensures seamless usability. Lightning fast network speeds are enabled through the HSPA+ and LTE-enabled device’s super-fast connection, ensuring a quick and seamless browsing experience. This means that users can stream videos in real-time or engage with their friends through online gaming platforms.

Samsung is enhancing enterprise capabilities of the GALAXY Note through its partnership with Juniper Networks. Juniper’s Junos Pulse SSL VPN provides secure remote access to corporate network resources. The SSL VPN enables large enterprise and service providers to meet high-volume secure access and authorization requirements, protecting corporate data with centralizes control and supporting employees’ personal device efficiently.

Samsung GALAXY Note Product Specifications

Network
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

Processor
1.4GHz Dual Core Processor

Display
5.3” WXGA(1280×800, 285ppi) HD Super AMOLED

OS
Android 2.3(Gingerbread)

Camera
Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash
Front : 2 MP
Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Share Shot
Video
Video : MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1Recording 1080p@24~30fps, Playing 1080p@30fps

Audio
Codec : MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, FLAC, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS

Value-added Features
Samsung Apps

amsung Kies 2.0/ Samsung Kies air

Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX

Samsung ChatON mobile communication service

(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)

Smart Note Apps

S Pen / Pen UX

Social Hub
- 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

A-GPS

Enterprise Solutions
- ODE, EAS, CCX, MDM, VPN, WebEx

NFC(optional)

Connectivity
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 + HS
USB 2.0 HOST
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct

Sensor
Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer

Memory
16/32GB Internal Memory + microSD (up to 32GB)

Size
145.85 × 82.95 × 9.65 mm

Battery
Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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  • crazythunder

    Samsung GALAXY Note Product Specifications

    Network
    HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
    EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

    so, that means it’s not compatible with tmobile?

  • Lindsay

    Shame it won’t be available in North America.

  • Hood Hussein

    It will only be very attractive to those who have not owned yet a smart phone of almost the same size as my Dell Streak. I think 5-inch is the maximum size for a smart phone to be still comfortable to carry around. Anyhow, it is worth trying.