Yesterday at the IFA 2011 conference in Berlin, South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics announced the release of the largest Android-based smartphone to date, the Galaxy Note, and Softpedia got the chance to play a little with the device, and brought a series of photos and videos for you to enjoy.The handset runs under Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, sports a large 5.3-inch touchscreen display, as well as a unique technology from Samsung that will enable users take notes on the handset while on the go.
The mobile phone is accompanied by an S Pen to enable the said features. In the second video embedded below, you will be able to see how a sketch is made on the Galaxy Note. Both the handset and the included technology seem very impressive for a smartphone, that's for sure.
In addition to the large 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen that can deliver a WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixel), the mobile phone also includes a 1.4GHz dual core application processor, which should be able to deliver increased performance capabilities, that's for sure.
Moreover, the handset will pack 16GB of internal memory and will enable users to add up to 32GB of additional storage space via a microSD memory card slot (a 32GB model is also expected to arrive on shelves).
On the back, the new Galaxy Note smartphone sports an 8-megapixel photo snapper with LED flash, auto focus and support for full HD (1080p) video recording. There will be a front-facing camera too, a 2MP sensor that will enable video calling on the go.
Measuring 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm and weighing in at 178 grams, the new mobile phone packs a 2,500 mAh battery that should be able to feed both the power-hungry CPU, as well as the large touchscreen display.
The specifications list of this device also includes WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS receiver with support for Google Maps, HSPA+ and optional NFC, as well as pre-loaded software like S Memo, the Pen UX, and more.
Note: Fellow editors Cosmin Vasile and Sorin Nita are on the floor at the 2011 IFA Show and are keeping us posted with pictures and live reports on the latest product previews and launches.