Android Phones

Samsung Galaxy Note has Super AMOLED & stylus on a super-big Android phone

September 1, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note, a new Android device that pushes the boundary of what qualifies as a phone and how big a device must be to enter the realm of tablets. The Galaxy Note features a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with 180 degree viewing angles. That means you’ll be able to watch a YouTube video while staring directly at the screen, and people crowded around you will also be able to comfortably see cats doing something cute.

The super-sized screen has a WXGA resolution (1280×800, 285ppi) so users should experience decent quality. It will also go along well with the special S Pen input technology. A digital stylus is tucked away into the phone’s 9.65 mm frame, allowing users to make handwritten notes or drawings that are stored on the phone. A special S Memo application then makes it possible to record audio, typed text, pictures and screen caps with annotations, and doodles in one place. I originally suspected that the Note would offer these features in tablet form to take on the HTC Flyer, but Samsung has opted to make this input style more portable.

Familiar specs of Samsung’s current generation of products appear in the Galaxy Note. Enterprise options are available through SSL VPN and corporate device management, and the Samsung TouchWiz & Live Panel UX elements appear on top of Android 2.3. Expect to see this phone/tablet behemoth popping up on HSPA+ and LTE networks at a yet-to-be-disclosed date.

Here are the Samsung Galaxy Note specs. A short demo video is also posted below.


Network HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Processor 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
Display 5.3” WXGA(1280×800, 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-1
Recording 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 ChatON mobile messenger service (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
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
Enterprise Solutions - ODE, EAS, CCX, MDM, VPN, WebEx
NFC (optional)
Connectivity Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 + HS USB 2.0 HOST Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Sensor Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer
Memory 16/32GB Internal Memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
Size 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm
Battery Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh