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Samsung Electronics said this week it had sold over five million of its Galaxy Note smartphone, which in views of many is a hybrid of a phone and a tablet due to its large 5.3" screen. Samsung itself also considers Galaxy Note as brand new category of mobile devices and believes that strong sales of the product prove feasibility of such hybrids.

Samsung Galaxy Note has two distinctive features that make it unique compared to other smartphones currently on the market. Firstly, the device sports an ultra large 5.3" multi-touch display with 1280*800 resolution, which enables more convenient browsing and reading experience. Secondly, the product comes with S-Pen stylus that slips into the bottom panel of the phone and can be used in a variety of apps when high precision is needed.

With a huge screen and a stylus, the device in some ways resembles a tablet and can be used for applications that cannot be served by today's smartphones, but which do not require slates with 7" or 10" screens. Moreover, there are people, who would like to have tablet functionality in their pockets or who do not want to carry both smartphone and tablets and who are satisfied with 5.3" screen with decent resolution and pixel density.

Samsung started to sell Galaxy Note in late October '11 in Germany and currently the smartphone/tablet hybrid is available nearly all around Europe, Asia and Japan. Going forward, Samsung will likely start offering Galaxy Note in the U.S. and other countries as well, which will further increase popularity of the device in particular and the category of smartphones with ultra-large screens in general.

The Galaxy Note is based on dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC with 1.5GHz clock-speed (Exynos 4210 or Snapdragon 8255T), is equipped with 5.3” multi-touch LCD screen with 1280*800 resolution; 16GB or 32GB of flash storage; Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GSM/HSPA+/GPRS/HSUPA/LTE connectivity. The smartphone features a 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The device sports 2500mAh battery. The Galaxy Note is based on Android 2.3.6 operating system.

Tags: Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy Note, Android, Google

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1 5 [Posted by: chojin999  | Date: 03/29/12 03:58:04 AM]
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I think you should not generalize a given population of any OS or hardware with a few sentences. While there are certainly a bunch of people who want cheap phones and free software, I am also sure that a very large percentage (if not majority) of Android users are people who are prepared to pay for quality phones and who will gladly pay for apps.
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"Going forward, Samsung will likely start offering Galaxy Note in the U.S...."

The device is already available in the US and Canada. It has been since February. Also of note, in the US/Canada market it uses the Snapdragon S3 MSM8660 SoC, a less powerful chipset than the Exynos 4210, but it was necessary in order to provide LTE 700Mhz which the 4210 doesn't currently support.
0 0 [Posted by: OsirisEven  | Date: 03/29/12 06:07:29 AM]
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I just don't get it, why to buy a phone that big, which you need 2 hands to operate? And it most likely that even if it fit in your pocket it will be uncomfortable to move around?

I think the manufacturers have lost the point here, I remember a time when cellphones turned smaller and smaller each year, now they make them larger and larger?

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