Samsung announces Galaxy Note, a smart phone-tablet hybrid

Consumer Reports News: September 01, 2011 12:08 PM

Along with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, Samsung announced today at IFA what it terms a new product category: The Galaxy Note combines tablet-like functionality with smart-phone features and portability.

The Note features a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, which the company claims is brighter and more vivid than conventional HD displays. The larger (for a phone) screen allows for easier viewing of websites, e-books, documents, and so on. You may balk at carrying around this large a phone, but note that the Note is quite thin, at 9.65 mm (around .38 inches). The Samsung Note also comes with an S Pen stylus, for sketching, editing, and note-taking.

The Samsung Note will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and a 1.4-GHz dual-core processor. It has both a front and a rear camera (2 and 8 megapixels, respectively).

Samsung says it will release two versions of the device: one supporting HSPA+ wireless networks and the other supporting LTE networks. And the Note will come with 16GB or 32GB of memory. No information on pricing, timing, or areas of availability has been announced yet.

Carol Mangis

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