Samsung have pulled something very special out of the bag with their new Samsung Galaxy Note device – a fascinating tablet-cum-smartphone packing a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display with WXGA resolution – and an S Pen stylus.
Lordy! Look at that screen!
Luxuriously equipped with a Super AMOLED screen supporting a 1280 x 800 resolution with a pixel density of 285ppi, the Galaxy Note serves up some top notch specs.
Inside there’s a dual-core 1.4GHz processor backed by 1GB of RAM with 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage.
There’s two cameras built in – an 8-megapixel on the back and a front facing 2-megapixel number – all packed into a slender 9.65mm-thick case.
Stylus onboard. Horay!
Unusually, the tablet comes with a dedicated stylus called the S Pen, which can be stored inside the case, old-school PDA style.
Because big smudgy fingers aren’t always up to the job, we’re rather keen on being able to pull out a stylus for more precise tasks, so we’re stoked to see the Note packing one of these fellas.
Samsung say that it will be building in a lot of software support for the stylus, with the onboard note-taking, email, IM, video and photo viewing apps already compatible.
The company will also be releasing an SDK as well shortly after the Note’s release to get more developers on board.
Samsung plans to release two versions of the Note: one supporting HSPA+ and the other with LTE.
Annoyingly, the all important price tag has yet to be announced with the release date frustratingly set to is “in the coming months.”
Yes. We want this.
Do we want one of these tablets? Hell yes! In fact our opinion is best summed up by this post:
Completely ridiculous and impractical.
And I want one too.
In the meantime, here’s a couple of videos to whet your appetite, with a full spec list and press release below.
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
5.3″ WXGA(1280×800, 285ppi) HD Super AMOLED
Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash
Front : 2 MP
Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Share Shot
Video : MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1
Recording 1080p@24~30fps, Playing 1080p@30fps
Codec : MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, FLAC, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Samsung Kies 2.0/ Samsung Kies air
Samsung ChatON mobile messenger service
(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Smart Note Apps
S Pen / Pen UX
– 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
– ODE, EAS, CCX, MDM, VPN, WebEx
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 + HS
USB 2.0 HOST
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer
16/32GB Internal Memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm
Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh
Samsung writes the next chapter of the mobile industry with the Samsung GALAXY Note
GALAXY Note combines the market’s largest HD Super AMOLED display, supreme portability and advanced S Pen interface, creating a new type of smartphone
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.
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.