Ever heard of a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and a pixel density of 285ppi? The answer, now that Samsung has removed the veil of mystery from its new Galaxy Note Android smartphone, is a most enthusiastic 'yes!' Codenamed GT-i9220, the Galaxy Note comes with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor (the same as in the Galaxy Tab 7.7), 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, an 8-megapixel rear- and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a dedicated stylus dubbed S Pen. In the finest tradition of old school PDAs, there's even a slot in the 9.65mm-thick case of the Note where the S Pen slides in, and Samsung promises to build out a big ecosystem of capabilities around the accessory. It's supported by most apps native to the phone, including note-taking, email, IM, video and photo viewers, and Samsung will be releasing an SDK as well shortly after the Note's release.
We're not yet told when this mighty crossover machine will be making its debut, but Samsung candidly describes it as a global hero device. The company's in discussions with carriers at the moment and, excitingly, noted that there'll be two variants with advanced wireless connectivity: one with HSPA+ and one with LTE. So yes, all that and 4G.
One thing that hints at the Galaxy Note's likely release window is the maturity, or lack thereof, of the software. I got to play around with it briefly ahead of Samsung's keynote today and saw lag evident throughout. In many ways, the Galaxy Note can be thought of as a scaled-up, souped-up Galaxy S II, as its TouchWiz UI looks and behaves exactly like a GSII with more screen real estate. The only difference is that the GSII has the smoothest user experience on any Android device so far, whereas the Note chugs and churns.
Presently running Android 2.3.5, the Galaxy Note has added an appreciated new feature on the UX front. A row of five launcher icons can now be found at the bottom of the lock screen, which can each be dragged upwards to unlock the phone into the particular app.
You'll find a few more press images (and video!) after the break right now and a full complement of our own hands-on photos shortly after the conclusion of Samsung's IFA 2011 keynote.
Update: For what it's worth, Samsung said at its IFA press conference to expect the Note in the "next coming months."
Check out our Samsung Galaxy Note hands-on photos, video, and impressions from the show floor!