Samsung introduces a hybrid between tablet and smartphone
3 Sep 2011 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
Companies carrying out presentations at the IFA 2011 technology trade show are surprising to all attendees. That’s the case of Samsung that introduced its Galaxy Note, a new and innovator gadget that is out of the ordinary.
The gadget is a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet; it has a 5.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, which is remarkable for a device with this size: We are talking about a pixel density of 285ppi with sharper images and fonts. In fact, this is an excellent way to compete with the famous Apple Retina Display.
While this device is an innovation, Samsung is keeping the basic design guidelines of the Galaxy family, which is great because the focus is on the performance… and the physical look is good enough anyway.
In addition, it comes with a stylus, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera and a rear 8-megapixel camera, a replaceable 2500 mAh lithium-ion battery, accelerometer, proximity sensor, 1GB of RAM, and the same processor used by the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (1.4-GHz Dual-Core CPU). The Galaxy Note is targeted to a consumer looking for a specific type of convenience; it has a thickness of 9.65mm and weighs about 178 grams (approximately 2.8 ounces) with dimensions of 145.85 × 82.95 × 9.65 mm, although some reports have said it weighs 102.4 grams (approximately 3.6 ounces) with strange dimensions (110 × 58.2 × 12.3 mm)… but we really think this is a sort of mistake.
Of course, you can use your fingers on the touch-screen surface but the cool features of this gadget also include the new adapted TouchWiz interface of Android 2.3 called S Pen that will allow to take the maximum advantage of this sort of hybrid device since you will be able to use the stylus more easily in order to write down data or notes associated to any image / document, capture images by touching them with the pen, and draw figures or outlines with better accuracy; by the way, the stylus is kept in the bottom of the smartphone. Also, it will have optimized apps such as the S Planner (a planning tool with task manager functionality), S Memo (to record images, videos, or sounds along with notes), S Pen SDK (that allows anyone to create customized apps), and ChatON (a new and free Samsung messaging service).
This 5.3-inch Galaxy gadget is more like a big smartphone. The onboard memory is limited to 16GB or 32GB (it has a slot for micro SD cards up to 32GB) and it will be available with HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps) or LTE support. Connectivity seems a very important factor for Samsung, and with the new Galaxy Note there is no exception since it also comes with support for Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, AGPS, and WiFi Direct; besides, according to the specs list, users can activate an optional NFC (Near Field Communication) chip that allows different transactions between two wireless devices which are only separated by a few centimeters; however, this system could be limited to a specific list of countries but there is no confirmation yet.
And there is no official word on pricing or release dates for this gadget, but probably it will be available for sale before the end of this year.
(Check the official info video for the Samsung Galaxy Note)
Galaxy Note is for those users who…
Well… keeping in mind the chosen name (“Note”) and the introduction of the S Pen (interface + stylus) is possible to figure out what objective Samsung is trying to attain with this unconventional product in the Galaxy family: The company wants to offer a sort of special device with extended possibilities similar to other products from competitors (like the HTC Flyer, for example) but with smaller dimensions. Think about a powerful electronic agenda with awesome task management tools, reminders, notes, events, and to-do list maker to organize your busy life.
Users can range from multimedia fans to professionals who need higher productivity without using several devices.
If a regular smartphone is not enough for your way of life but you think a tablet is very big for your pocket, then the Galaxy Note is for you.
Anyway, in despite of its size and the addition of the S Pen stylus for the capacitive screen, the Galaxy Note is mainly a big smartphone (or superphone), so obviously you also can make calls and send SMS messages. So, you don’t need another device in your pocket.
Galaxy Note infographic
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