Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung's head of global sales and marketing, DJ Lee, has just announced a brand new "premium" smartphone at the electronics giant's IFA 2011 press conference. It's designed to fit between a traditional 3 to 4-inch phone and a tablet, and its name is the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note features Android 2.3 on a thin, 5.3-inch chassis with a Super AMOLED HD display, which runs at 1280x800. Powering the device is a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, which is backed up by a massive 2500 mAh battery. Other stand-out features include stylus input for note-taking via the bundled Samsung "S Pen" pressure-sensitive pen, as well as HSPA+ data, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

As the name suggests, Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy Note the idea portable digital notepad. And despite its massive display size, it's just 9.65mm thick, weighin in at 178 grams.

Demonstrating the Galaxy Note at the press conference, Samsung Europe boss Andrew Coughlin said that it's intended to be a new primary device for users that need more visual realestate than can be found on a typical smartphone. Instead of switching between multiple devices, Coughlin said Galaxy Note users would be able to perform many tasks commonly associated with tablets right on their smartphone.

Samsung's S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note, is a pressure-sensitive stylis much like the "magic pen" included with the HTC Flyer. And like the Flyer, the Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI. To help in the development of new apps for the platform, Sammy will be releasing the S Pen SDK in the near future, and even showcased a couple of example applications, including a collaborative whiteboard app that could be used in meetings.

We definitely can't wait to get our hands on this one, folks. More images coming your way, along with the official presser, after the jump.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Press Release:

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.
 
State-of-the-art Display
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.


Samsung GALAXY Note Product Specifications
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 v 3.0
USB 2.0 + HS
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Direct
Sensor
Accelerometer, Proximity
Memory
150MB + 2GB inbox + microSD (up to 32GB)
Size
110 × 58.2 × 12.3 mm, 102.4g
Battery
Battery (Standard) Li-on, 1,200mAh
Talk Time : Up to 13 hours(2G), Up to 4.6 hours(3G)
Standby Time : Up to 570 hours(2G), Up to 390 hours(3G)

 

Reader comments

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note - a new 5.3-inch, dual-core phone with a SuperAMOLED HD display

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I need one!
This is everything I want in a device except stock ICS.
Tablet resolution
Pen input
Mostly pocketable larger display

Samsung has mailed it again. The Epic Touch seems so little now. I bet that this will be in the US right after CES. I bet this goes to AT&T first. In fact since this is GSM, you could import it right away.

If you are under 40 the one thing your phone never does is ring... Unless your mom calls.

Dell STREAK users everywhere feeling vindicated for originally being laughed at for having such large phones. Well, all dozen of us that actually bought one ... but anway. A 5" form factor is truly brilliant. So easy to use, so easy to read, a great everyday device.

The Streak 5 will someday be a cult device on eBay. :) It was, bizarrely, released too late for its hardware and software, and too early for its screen size. But it was and still is a fantastic device.

this is America, jack! we want the biggest and best of everything!

no girly-men need apply!

bring on the 5.3" displays! i hope HTC and Sprint follow suit with the EVO HD.

the beauty of Android is choice, freedom, and options!

At first I thought that screen size is absurd, but I'm kinda liking it now. Too bad Sprint will never see something that slick. Our devices always get dumbed down and rounded out, no longer being sleek & stylish.

Yeah, 5.3, huge. It was just a few months ago that people posting here insisted that 4.3 was way too big but 4.1 was perfect.

Amazing how perceptions change over time.

I just wanna cut in here, 2 years later, and mention how funny it is to see this comment. Because NOW, my Galaxy S3's 4.8 display is too small for me and I'm jumping ship to the 5.7 inch Note 3!

When will it stop lol

People were all up in arms crying that the SGSIIE4G was too big and now they are saying that want this phone. Go figure...

I think anyone complaining about the 4.5 inch SGSII, just sighed and didn't even bother to read the article, I'm definitely interested in seeing this phone in the store, not sure exactly how I feel about a 5.3 in phone, I'd need to hold it first, but just to get a feeling for a phone that size, I'm on verizon so this phone won't be available to me, only AT&T could get this monster.

unless your on AT&T, then you can just import the phone as soon as it comes out.

I'd be surprised if AT&T didn't jump on this device, sure it's not for everyone, but it's something to get people in the store if only for curiositys sake, verizon most likely won't be getting a phone like this anytime soon.

Next we'll bring back UFO pants with a specially made pocket big enough to actually fit a "phone" of this size ... I mean really that's the only way I can think of a guy carrying around something of this size all day without the need for a fanny pack. Not knocking whomever is into, and excited, about this device, just simply saying this is getting to be a bit of overkill for something that's supposed to be a phone. If this bigger and better trend keeps up, the phone market will soon be hard to differentiate from the tablet market. That to me is complete ridiculous.

I'm sure someone with their panties in a wad will certainly take offense to what I've just said, and u know what .... so be it! I'm simply voicing my opinion on the subject. TO EACH THEIR OWN MY FRIENDS!

Either way, ANDROID FTW

Yea except who the hell still wears cargo pants?! Aside from chicks of course. I for one, being the stylish person that I am, happen to think cargo pants look f**king gay! But u go ahead and rock those cargos to ur little hearts desire!

Obviously, you do not get out often, or you live in a big city. Out here in the western deserts, cargo pants (long and short) are extremely popular. For hiking in deserts and high mountains, they allow you to carry quite a bit, without having a large backpack. (Besides, those side pockets are great for extra .44 or .454 ammo in bear/cougar country.)

As for the phone....
I sure hope Samsung does not bite off more production than they can handle. Many large manufacturers start producing more and more product, only to fall on quality control.

Look at what happened to Toyota when they became number 1. Suddenly, they had more recall per year than they had in previous years and their quality per JD Powers dropped.

So, hope the same does not happen to Samsung....

I get what ur saying but think about it. Ur going hunting or hiking with ur phone on u dangling around in ur cargo pants smacking against ur leg every 2 seconds. If u wouldn't get annoyed with that then more power to ya. I get out plenty by the way, and I see plenty of people wearing cargo pants in Jersey. I basically assumed I was talking to an adult when I said "who the hell wears cargo pants" ... I see lots of kids wearing cargo pants ... cool for them as they are kids. When I see an adult rocking cargos I'm sorry my man but I can't help but laugh. To me its like seeing someone trying to keep the mullet hair cut in style. Back to the main point I was making tho ... this phone will be huge in a normal pair of jeans!

"Ur going hunting or hiking with ur phone on u dangling around in ur cargo pants smacking against ur leg every 2 seconds."

Some of us are used to having something large smacking against our leg every 2 seconds. For those that aren't, I can see your point.

"F**king gay"? What, your mom buy you a 'droid for Christmas, kid?

You basically outed yourself as a 12 year old right there.

Haha this is entertaining! I love getting a rise outta u nerds! And for the record I'm a grown ass man who could probably kill u twice before u hit the fuckin floor

wow your a grown man who trolls about how we are all nerds and how you could "kill u twice before u git the fuckin floor" is your life so absolutely pathetic that you derive entertainment from trolling on an online blog. I mean seriously you can't prove anything about your self the only thing that you've proven for certain, is your life is a complete and utter pathetic waste on this world. if you are a grown man which I seriously doubt it's time to put on your big boy pants and get out of your high school mentality because that shit is old and really immature.

I like how you say cargo pants look "f**king gay" but make reference to using a fanny pack above like that isn't. HA!

But seriously, you should either stop wearing your sister's hand-me-down skinny jeans or just wait to get a phone like this after you go through puberty & hit your growth spurt because there is no way that a 5.3" phone shouldn't fit into a man's front pants pocket unless they like dressing like an Olsen twin.

I have a Droid X (4.3") with an Otterbox case & can easily fit it into any pair of jeans/shorts/dress slacks that I own with room to spare. Adding just 1" diagonally wouldn't force me to change my clothes. My hands can fit into my pockets, why wouldn't a phone that is smaller & thinner?

U obviously didn't understand where I was coming from with the Fanny pack. Obviously I wasn't being serious. Obviously ur a moron who can't understand a basic point someone is trying to make. Obviously I'm extremely bored at work right now to be arguing about something as stupid as this to what is most likely a pimple faced fag who's balls haven't yet thought about dropping. Can't wait to read what u come back with! Lets keep this going!

Seems like a good plan in theory but if you have ever actually carried heavier electronics n cargo pants you would realize they bang around against your legs a lot and it really isn't comfortable. Unless of course you wear skin tight cargo pants...

I'm 6'4", 240 and ugly as sin. I wear cargo pants all the time and amazingly enough, no one has walked up and called me gay in person yet. Hard to believe, isn't it? So if you see me in person, be sure to walk right up to the big, ugly, mean looking guy and call him gay.

Oh wait, you're just an internet tough guy. Sorry, missed that part. Nevermind.

Yea I'm 6'6" 270 HARD and would walk right up to u without hesitation and call u a faggot right to ur ugly as sin face and id bet my life savings u wouldn't do a damn thing ... nobody is trying to be an internet tough Guy here I was making a point that u nerds can't seem to understand. Bunch of girls getting their panties in a bunch over what I said initially. Fuckin women need to change ur tampons. I don't need to be an internet tough Guy I back my shit up in real life everyday in the ring.

"I'm 6'6" 270 HARD"

Hard? Really? That's a little too much information. By the way, we don't care about your character in World of Warcraft.

Well I'm a 6'9" professional MMA fighter and have a black belt six different martialarts includining crav maga and barzilian jujitsu. See how easy that is. Grow up

I don't carry a phone in my pocket. Case with a belt clip is my carry method, so how a phone might fit into my pocket, doesn't determine the screen size of the phone I get. Cargo pants wearers can always get an iPhone. That will fit in your pocket, won't it?

i think people will be surprised with this phone and how a 5.3" display phone can be not that much physically larger than a 4.3" display phone if it is done right ie minimal bezel, remove capacitive buttons, edge to edge display etc. also - remember - this is a DIAGONAL measurement. and we are only talking 1 inch extra. even so - as is - looking at the phone in the German's hand - it does not look that bad. if i can fit it into a front jeans or pants pocket and a side suit jacket pocket relatively comfortably - i'm happy.

Why do they insist on using that ugly home button in the middle? And they wonder why Apple sues them.

This needs to come to Sprint. Probably doesn't have world phone capability, but that may not be a deal breaker for me.

At some point, you have to slow down and focus on making your existing product lines better instead of throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks.
"It's designed to fit between a traditional 3 to 4-inch phone and a tablet"
Huh??????What the hell were the 4.52" phones announced for? Someone needs to tell Samsung they already have this device. Its called the Samsung galaxy S 2.

maybe they are doing both - making existing products better AND innovating and taking wild chances outside of the box on new device sizes and form factors - these things are not mutually exclusive. i am an HTC fan but i applaud Samsung for their wild forays and risk taking and pushing the envelope. competition is great and this drives everyone and customers win. if Samsung has the resources to bang these variations out like potato chips - so be it. their engineers in R&D must be having a blast to have such free reign. imagine the stuff we DON'T see. it tells me that Samsung is willing to make the investment to win. i love seeing this relentless drive into new form factors and display sizes for Android. it's so refreshing. don't complain when there are too many choices - complain when there are too few - see Palm and Blackberry over the last 10 years who did nothing but sit on the ball - and look where they are now.

Samsung phones are already very good phones, I don't hear about any quality concerns, since the original galaxy S GPS issue, Samsung has the resources to crank out lots of different models and I think in the end the user benefits.
I tend to stick to HTC or motorola phones, they are much about software updates, though samsung is slowly improving, having more choices for your phone never hurts anyone

Wowwwwww 5.3 screen???? Now this is what I need to look at movies when im on the subway. Something that can still fit in my pocket and big enuff to feel like im in the movie theatre. I think Im going to cry my own pocket size flat screen tv that can do everything my phone can. There is a GOD

You must wear really baggy clothes for a mini tablet to fit in your pocket comfortably. I mean I could fit a 2.4ghz cordless phone in my pocket too but it would look really stupid and be uncomfortable.

Some people just need to be heard. Dude my clothes are comfortable not tite or baggy. EVO fits in my shirt pocket with room to move so why not this thing. Sound like u one of them alternative people that put your phone in your skinny jean pocket. If that ya thing do u

1200 or 2500 battery - which is it?

Alex said massive 2500
Specs said 1200

I'm wondering if even 2500 is big enough for this HUGE screen. Why do they feel they need to make these things so damn skinny? It's ALREADY got a 5+ screen. Make it thick enough to hold a battery to run it all day.

If they made it that thick, it'd literally be the size of a brick. Nobody wants to carry a brick. It's 2011, not 1998.

You exaggerate my friend, a typical brick is 2.25 inches thick and 3.25" wide x 8.5" long - a battery that size would power this phone for a month. I'm only looking for a battery to power my phone for a full day.

Side note: I carried a brick sized phone 20 years ago, and was happy to do it - so did thousands of other people.

DO WANT!!!!!!! If only it was carried by Sprint (unlimited data!), had Sense instead of TouchWiz, and was a little BIGGER... (no sarcasm)

I don't think that's possible. You need at least three to generate all of the colors necessary for a modern display. If you mean it uses the old pentile subpixel arrangement, that's different.

Just watched the video on another website - This is what I want in a smartphone!!

I've never had a Samsung phone before, but if it's not going to be on Verizon then I'm out of luck.

You know Apple will try to sue over this and call it just a big iPhone but they won't get far. If it comes to Sprint, I will have to consider it for my December Upgrade.

Not a fan of the 5.3" screen but the ability to use this as a notepad sparked my interest. I just hope phone manufacturers use the 5.3" as a cap for size. I don't wanna end up talking on a 7" tab in a few years.....lol

People were saying the same thing when the EVO & Droid X came out about the 4.3" phones. No one would MAKE you buy one even if there were 7" phones in a few years. I say bring on as many sizes as possible. More choices is a win for the platform.

Except manufacturers are keeping all the high end specs in the phones with the largest screens. The only way to get the best phone specs is to buy a damn tablet-sized phone.

Bluetooth earpiece FTW. Although I'm not so sure I'm sold on a 5.3" display squeezed in my pocket. I think we're hitting the realistic maximum for phone size. At some point it has to be too much.

The next revolution (evolution?) in these kinds of portable products will be the battery. Instead of a few hours or a day of time, it needs to go several days at least with realistic usage before an overnight charge.

A full days charge with heavy usage maybe 5 or 6 hours would be good,

But going several days? battery technology hasn't really changed much in the past 10 years I don't think theirs going to be some massive improvement that would allow for several days usage

Even if there was I wouldn't want it, it would just add wasted weight and bulk since virtually all smartphone users charge their phone every night, I think everyone likes a lighter phone more than a phone that goes several days, right now the only reason people carry heavier phones is to get a full day or close to a full days worth a power.
Cross the 24 hour threshold and they'll choose a lighter phone that goes 1 day with heavy usage over a heavier phone that goes several days

In fact I just choose that, I used to have an extended battery on my thunderbolt, until the newest gingerbread leak came out which vastly improved battery life, the phone is practically flawless now and I can get a full day with about 4 hours of usage now, so I dumped the extended battery and went back to the standard battery because I never liked the weight with the extended battery, or that huge bump on the back.

I think the idea is to improve the efficiency of batteries, not provide bulkier ones that have the same mwh/ounce/volume as existing technology.

I'll take a 5.3" phone screen any day over a little screen. No squinting. No scrolling. See everything. I could care less what anyone thinks about the phone I hold to my face or connect to Bluetooth. iPhone users are the ones posing for TMZ.com photos. Not Android users.

Before you get all bent about the size of this thing have a look at the actual numbers. Unless Sammy is lying the phone is a few millimeters smaller than the Evo 4G in every dimension, and less than 2/3 the weight.

I can't quite believe this, since the bezel looks about the same as my Evo, but if it's true that's quite an accomplishment.

Man I want this phone so f***ing bad!!! Decided to pass on the SGS 2 for at&t since there is no LTE radio, then a couple days later they announce this!! Samsung you beautiful bastards are awesome!

This is CRAZY i keep saying this to myself. Super AMOLED HD great job Samsung and the device is a MONSTER but at least it'll fit in the pocket. Crap now that i think of it i wont ever be able to text in class if i had one of these lol.

You guys seriously need to STFU. Who cares what others do. Everyone has their own life. They can and will do as they choose. So, stop whining about it and chat about something productive.

I've had too many problems with Samsung phones to buy this device. But, I really hope other manufacturers and all carriers get 5 inch devices.