Although AT&T has not officially announced that it's going to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note, evidence that this announcement is imminent has grown to the point where it's almost a virtual certainty.
This super-size smartphone debuted a few months ago, and over a million units have already sold. It can be purchased unlocked in the U.S., but no wireless carrier in this country has picked it up. That's apparently going to change soon, though.
Earlier this week, an accessory maker sent reporters an email touting its upcoming line of cases for AT&T's version of the Galaxy Note. A retraction quickly followed, but the cat was already out of the bag.
In addition, a set of images of this device with an AT&T logo surfaced on the Web. While not conclusive, this adds to the mounting evidence.
With the Consumer Electronics Show kicking off next week, an official announcement could be in just a few days. The launch might be a bit further away, though -- the device in the leaked images has February 14 on its display, which might be the day this tabletphone hits store shelves.
Samsung Galaxy Note Overview
This device skirts the line between being a very big smartphone or a very small tablet, as it has a 5.3-inch, 1280 x 800, Super AMOLED display. Unlike most tablets, Samsung built in the ability to make phone calls. On the other hand, it has a stylus, a feature that has become rare on phones.
The Galaxy Note runs Android OS 2.3 on a dual-core 1.4GHz processor. It includes 1GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage plus a microSD memory card slot.
AT&T's version will reportedly support the carrier's nascent 4G LTE service. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
As mentioned, the tabletphone has a stylus (and stylus slot), which is called the "S Pen". A native app, the S Memo, allows users to combine handwritten notes and drawings, as well as pictures, voice recordings and typed text.
This Samsung device sports a rear-facing 8MP camera that can record 1080p video, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera.
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