Samsung Note Phone-Tablet Hybrid Launched in Berlin

Today, Samsung launched a new category of portable devices. Samsung Galaxy Note, the first member of what we hope that will be a numerous family, is a hybrid between smartphones and tablets that brings you the best of both worlds.

As anticipated, Samsung announced a series of new products today during its Electronics Conference at IFA, the world’s largest trade show for consumer electronics, which takes place in Berlin between 2-7 September 2011. To the surprise of many, Samsung did not launch a new Google phone, but compensated for this by revealing several revolutionary products such as the NV800 and NX200 cameras, the Wave 3 smartphones and what might be the highlight of the show – Samsung Galaxy Note. While not a Google phone, this device is still based on Android OS, specifically on the 2.3 (Gingerbread) version of the operating system.

This device is meant to keep both tablet and smartphone owners happy, since it has an appropriate size and all the necessary functions the users may want from both these devices. The 5.3 inch Super HD  AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that is found under the Gorilla Glass features a 1280 by 800 pixels resolution, so it is large enough for reading comfortably and for easily browsing Web pages. In fact, it is advertised as the largest display with smartphone portability. Not at last, it is ideal for watching HD movies, thus successfully replacing portable media players, too. As it is based on the AMOLED technology, the device should have a respectable battery life, but for the moment, these details are unknown. Batter life tend to differ a lot between theory and practice, so we will have to wait for the product to hit the shelves to get an idea about its real-life capabilities.

Not only the size and the incredibly crisp colors are special about this display. The way users are meant to interact with it is also extraordinary. The S Pen is the companion of the Note and it represents the stylus, as reimagined by Samsung. This device will allow users to put their thoughts down and even to draw on the fast responsive display. Besides that, the  custom split screen display takes multitasking to a whole new level. Switching between the tasks is done seamlessly. Every screen can be captured and annotated with the captions that you desire. As stated at the conference, Samsung Galaxy Note features the most advanced hybrid input technology. Taking screenshots is also something users can do without any effort. All that needs to be done is to swipe the hand across the display.

In what concerns the physical specifications, Samsung Galaxy Note weighs 178 grams and has a 9.65 mm thickness. For such a large device, the weight and the thickness are more than decent. Samsung Galaxy Note is powered by a 1.4 Ghz dual-core CPU. Considering that a few years ago desktop PCs did not have such powerful processors, one must realize that technology has made some really impressive progress. The CPU and the Mali-400MP GPU will help games to run smoothly, and since these are among the most demanding apps on portable devices, it is easy to guess that the other pieces of software will also run impeccably. The Cortex A9 processor is paired with 1 GB of RAM.

The target audience for this device is obviously represented by people who do not want to carry both smartphones and tablets with them, or who simply cannot afford buying multiple devices. If you are an adept of the all-in-one gadgets, Samsung Galaxy Note is certainly worth checking.

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