The Samsung Galaxy Note is either an enormous smartphone or a tiny tablet, depending on how you look at it and how large your hands are. Either way, it goes on sale Thursday, November 3rd in the UK. The launch was originally set for November 17th, but Samsung recently pushed up the date by a few weeks.
The device features a 5.3 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, and Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with Samsung TouchWiz customizations.
Like most top-tier Android phones and tablets, the Galaxy Note has a capacitive touchscreen for finger-friendly input. But it also comes with a stylus for writing or drawing on the screen. It also features Samsung’s new S Pen software framework for interacting with Android using a stylus.
Google has announced that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will add stylus support, but earlier versions of the operating system are really designed for fingers rather than pens.
Early product listings for the Galaxy Note show that it will around £600 in the UK. That’s well over $900 US, but that price includes the Value Added Tax and gets you an unlocked, contract-free device. It’s likely that the price tag will be much lower if and when the Galaxy Note goes on sale in the US — at least until you factor in the cost of a 2-year service contract.