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Samsung Galaxy Note price and release date revealed

by Steven Williamson on 25 October 2011, 09:41

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS)

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Originally set to launch on November 17th, mobile technology specialists Clove has revealed the launch date for the Galaxy Note, Samsung’s new super-powered smartphone, has been pushed forward.

Boasting a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, a 5.3in Super AMOLED WXGA (1280 x 800, 285 PPI) display (with stylus), and 16GB of internal storage, the Galaxy Note will go on sale on November 1st and will be priced as expected at £594 without a SIM.

“It looks like Samsung may have realised the initial price of £559 for the Note was perhaps a little too high – it’s now been dropped to £495,” writes the Clove Blog,referring to its price before VAT. “And it’s a double dose of good news this morning as the release date has also been brought forward from the 17th November to the 1st November.”

The Galaxy Note will run on Android 2.3 and support WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, HSPA+/4G LTE support and full 1080p HD video recording and playback. An impressive 8-megapixel camera will sit on the back of the phone, with a 2-megapixel snapper up front.

When the Galaxy Note was announced in September, Samsung claimed it would usher in ‘the next chapter of the mobile industry', and declared it a new category of product.



"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, " said Samsung Mobile's JK Shin

The major service providers are yet to announce their contract plans.

Here's the full specs:

 

Network

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

Processor

1.4GHz Dual Core Processor

Display

5.3" WXGA(1280x800, 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

Samsung 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



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Maybe I'm being as dumb as a post, but I fail to see why I'd want this device over one of Samsung's other tablets - the ones that not only come with a larger screen, but also a more up to date OS, oh, and are £100 cheaper to boot.

Only thing I can see that you're getting for the money is the better (but still smaller!) screen and a slighter faster processor.
This is a smart phone - not a tablet.
ok, so 3 weeks after i settle and get an S2 thinking this wont be out till January, and BAM! 1st of november release date…

So, Anybody want a brand new S2 in white? For sale now! :P
really, 5.3" screen. For me a phone this size struggles to fit into the category.
I wonder whether this is going to have a pentile layout and as such not be anywhere near the quoted resolution. My SGS looks damned ugly if you look a little too closely as white lines end up with jagged edges, I suppose with a high enough resolution on a small enough display it might look like anti-aliasing but with a low pixel density (233ppi on the SGS) it looks ugly.