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.
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.
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
HSPA＋ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
5.3” WXGA(1280x800, 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-1Recording 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 TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
(Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
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 v 3.0
USB 2.0 ＋ HS
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
150MB ＋ 2GB inbox ＋ microSD (up to 32GB)
110 × 58.2 × 12.3 mm, 102.4g
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)