Samsung has added a new size for portable mobile devices to its Galaxy lineup with its latest gadget, the Galaxy Note.
With a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED 1280 x 800 display, it's hard to decipher whether this device is a very large smartphone or a very small tablet. But Samsung built in the ability to make phone calls, and the Note is going to run Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread), which is usually the operating system of choice for smartphones, so Samsung seems to think it's a handset.
The device will sport a rear-facing 8MP camera that can record 1080p video, as well as a 2MP front-facing camera. Some other specs include a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and Wi-Fi connectivity. Samsung also mentioned a HPSA+ and LTE model during the IFA event in Berlin, where the company unveiled the gadget earlier today.
A defining feature of the GALAXY Note is going to be its onboard stylus, which is called the "S Pen". A native app, the S Memo, will serve as a hub to create and save handwritten notes, drawings, pictures, voice recordings and typed text. The Note will also have the ability to take screenshots, which is a rare feature among most Android devices.
Blurring the Line
Samsung claims the Galaxy Note will create a new space in the industry, something between a phone and a slate. While this will be an extreme smartphone, and users will probably have to employ headsets to make calls, it is far from useless, as some critics may label the device. As mobile data use continues to rise among consumers, fewer calls are being made or received, evident in a recent report that stated the average wireless customer uses 17% fewer voice minutes per month than they did in 2009. The evolution of wireless usage could benefit the Galaxy Note as it enters the market.
The Samsung Galaxy Note will be sold with 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage. While no other details regarding availability or pricing has been released, our sister-site TabletPCReview is in Berlin and will have a hands-on report on the Note soon.