One of my seemingly obvious downfalls is being a few hours behind the news. Although we do our best to get what is late and breaking, being on the west coast of the U.S. has its time disadvantages. Some news is just to good not to post for your reading pleasure. Especially with an event like IFA underway today.
One of the latest announcements from Samsung has me drooling only slightly, but drooling none the less. There latest device is called the Galaxy Note. Sporting a 5.3″ (1280×800) HD Super AMOLED display, some might call it a tablet instead of a phone. Time will tell which direction Samsung takes it when it is launched. The Note is rocking the same 1.4Ghz chipset that can currently be found in the Galaxy Tab 7.7. There is a built in stylus for making notes easier to take and might serve a pretty good purpose for school use as well as business. There is, of course, a 8MP rear facing camera with a flash and a 2MP front facing camera. With a screen as large as the Note has, it comes in relatively thin, only 9.65 mm. The Note also supports HSPA+ and LTE, looks to be another multi-carrier device.
I am not sure what I think of this device. If it is going to come across as a phone, are any of us really ready to fit a 5.3″ screened device into our pockets? If they plan to market this as a tablet, why Gingerbread and not Honeycomb? Are they waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich to land? I think that would be the best thing, but then they would need to do a lot of software reworks to dump that on there. Stay tuned, as more information emerges I will be sure to let you guys know.