Samsung Galaxy Note Arrives Feb. 19

AT&T announced today that the Samsung Galaxy Note—bigger than your typical smartphone, smaller than your average tablet—will be available beginning Feb. 19 for $300 with a two-year contract.

The Galaxy Note is an Android 4G LTE smartphone featuring a 5.3-inch super AMOLED screen with 1280 x 800 resolution. It comes with a Wacom-designed stylus and S Memo, a Samsung app for capturing handwritten notes, drawings, voice recordings, and typed text.

Other specs: an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera; a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor; 1 GB of RAM; 16GB storage; and a microSD slot that accommodates up to 32GB additional storage. The phone will run Android 2.3, though Samsung says it will update the phone to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) this year.

The Galaxy Note has already been available internationally. Samsung says an unlocked version won’t be offered in the U.S.

Early hands-on reports have been mixed.  “It feels a little silly using something of this size as a phone,” writes PC World. “It isn’t like holding an iPhone up to your face, but it does feel a little unwieldy. It is light enough, but a bit too wide for my hands.”

“At CES, I felt mesmerized by the Galaxy Note’s crisp, jumbo-sized display and smooth handling of Android 2.3,” writes Jared Newman for Time. “But I’m still not sure whether I’d become aggravated by the Note’s huge figure over time…Still, I think there’s a niche for this type of device, and Samsung may succeed where Dell’s Streak failed two years ago.”


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