January 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
AT&T and Samsung earlier today confirmed CES 2012′s worst-kept secret: the Galaxy Note is coming to the United States for AT&T as an exclusive for the carrier. And as suspected, it is a device built for AT&T’s new 4G LTE network.
The Galaxy Note is a device that seriously blends the lines between what constitutes a tablet and what’s a phone. With a 5.3 HD Super AMOLED screen and 1280 x 800 resolution, this “phablet” has a super large screen with “vivid clarity.” There’s also 180 degree viewing angles that provide continued clarity when tilting the device.
Samsung has also packed a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, 8 MP rear camera with autofocus, 2 MP front-facing camera, and 4G LTE. There’s an S Memo app framework for input with an S Pen. Samsung says it shouldn’t be described as a capacitive pen because that would imply that it’s just a different way of doing the same old thing. S Pen is a bigger advancement because of stronger handwritten notes and drawings. There’s also voice recordings and typed texts in the Memo section.
The Galaxy Note will be available in two colors: white and a special shade of blue. Here are some more specs and a hands-on impression of the device.
- 5.3” HD Super AMOLED touchscreen (1280×800)
- Integrated S Pen
- Enabled for 4G LTE
- 1.5GHz dual core processor
- Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread
- 16GB onboard memory
- Expandable memory up to 32GB with optional microSD™ card
- 2500 mAh battery
- 8MP rear facing camera
- 2MP front facing camera
- Mobile HotSpot capable
- SAFE – Samsung Approved for Enterprise