Is the New Samsung Galaxy Note a Smartphone or a Tablet?
Amidst a long list of new products that Samsung announced at IFA 2011 in Berlin is something we haven't seen before. In fact, no one seems to know how to classify it.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a device that walks the line between smartphone and tablet . It has a 5.3-inch AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) touchscreen, which is larger than any phone, but smaller than any tablet so far.
The design decision is deliberate. Samsung hopes to create a new product market for itself with devices that fall somewhere between the smartphones and tablets we've become used to . It’s a phonelet … or maybe a tabone? No, a photab. Wait, not that either.
Consumers might be just as confused as the rest of the tech industry by this device, but there's no denying it's pretty. Inside, the phone runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a single-core 1.4GHz processor.
Further blurring the line between phone and tablet, Samsung has included a stylus for writing on the screen. The Galaxy Note can register pen input and finger input in most apps, and Samsung has included a specialized note-taking app that adds functionality to the stylus.
So far, there is no information on price, release date or carrier, but Samsung said it plans to release the Galaxy Note before the end of the year.