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IFA 2011: Samsung Galaxy Note Announced: 5.3 inch Tablet With Stylus

Samsung has officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Note, clearing up the rumours and speculation behind the new device that was leaked last week in the Samsung Mobile Unpacked app.

When we heard the name ‘Note’ we thought this new Samsung product would have something to do with either music or writing and we were partially right with our latter estimations.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a mix between a smartphone, a tablet, an MP3/4 player and a notepad, and it looks pretty darn awesome.

It’s a super-slim device, just 9.65mm thick to be precise, in the shape and style of Samsung’s very popular Galaxy S smartphone, albeit a tad larger. It sports a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED Plus screen (1280×800, 285dpi) which will offer capacitive touch capabilities using your finger or with a supplied stylus, which Samsung are dubbing the ‘S Pen’.

A dual-core 1.4GHz processor powers the Galaxy Note, meaning it will be more than capable of running games, office apps and more with ease. Web connectivity is possible using Wi-Fi or with HSPA+ 3G using a SIM card.

As with Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone range, the Galaxy Note will run on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) software along with Samsung’s added TouchWiz user interface for some extra features. It’s the TouchWiz UI that provides the software and features that work with the S Pen, allowing you to draw and notate on-screen in just about any app.

The Galaxy Note will also feature an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video calling. With the HD Super AMOLED Plus screen, we wouldn’t be surprised if that 8-megapixel camera offered Full HD 1080p video recording.

You’ll be able to choose from a 16GB or 32GB version with either Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G, though as yet a price and release date hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note the iPod Touch alternative you’ve been looking for?

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