Samsung Galaxy Note: Is it a phone or a tablet?

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a new device that sits in between the large screen smartphones and smaller tablets, but I am not sure if there is a need for such a device.

As we heard last week Samsung announced some new products today at IFA in Berlin. James wrote about the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 that looks lovely with that Super AMOLED Plus display. We also have the Samsung Galaxy Note, which is a very interesting device at 5.3 inches. This is my Next has a hands-on post with some great images of this new device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has the following specifications:

  • 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display with 1288 x 800 pixel resolution (285 ppi density)
  • 1.4 GHz processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB of integrated storage
  • 8 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front facing cameras
  • Stylus pen
  • Android 2.3.5 operating system

The pen input is unlike the HTC Flyer in that you can use your finger or the stylus interchangeably. The device will launch in "the coming months" with HSPA+ and/or LTE support, but those deals are still being worked out with the carriers. I am not sure there is a place for a device like this when you have 4.3 and 4.5 inch smartphones and 7 inch tablets, but it sounds like the display is amazing. If you went with a smaller, more compact phone and wanted a tablet that was pocketable then this may be the perfect device for that scenario.