Samsung Galaxy Note: At the start of this week, we saw Korean smartphone and tablet manufacturer Samsung finally start the rollout of the much-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Galaxy S II flagship handset. This update to say the least is long overdue after the manufacturer announced back in December that its flagship device is slated to be the first among its handsets to get upgraded to ICS with a planned Q1 2012 release date. Back then, Samsung also committed to getting the ICS update for the Samsung Galaxy Note released at around the same time as the Galaxy S II. While the manufacturer managed to hit the target for its flagship handset, ICS for a the Samsung Galaxy Note might be a big miss after it was announced that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the massive “phablet” is on hold until Q2 2012.
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This was announced by Samsung Norway via its Facebook page and though it wasn’t confirmed that the ICS delay is a global thing, there is a big possibility of that happening. There were no reasons given for the delay and no exact launch date was mentioned either so it may still be possible for the manufacturer to start the rollout of ICs for the Samsung Galaxy Note in another market but if Samsung Norway has got everything lined up, then those rocking a Samsung Galaxy Note may have to wait a little longer.
In fact, these same users were rather hopeful after Angry Birds Space which is expected to launch on the Samsung Galaxy Note this March 20 mentioned that the “phablet” is set to receive a “galactic” upgrade. The optimist in us still hopes for ICS to get released at that time and we are crossing our fingers for that to pan out. If not, we still have a very capable device in our hands and we have the full details of the specs sheet of the Samsung Galaxy Note below to prove out point.
The Samsung Galaxy Note was announced back in September but only made it to the shelves a month later. Despite its massive size, the “phablet” still has a slim frame that measures 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm and it tips the scales at 178 grams. Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy Note relies on its Samsung Exynos chipset and the dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and full gigabyte of RAM to supply the computing power needed by the device. The handset is available in either 16GB or 32GB in terms of storage space, which also happens to be user-expandable to as much as 32GB. A massive device is expected to have a massive display and here, the Samsung Galaxy Note doesn’t disappoint with its 5.3-inch SuperAMOLED panel with a 1280 x 800 resolution. It even comes with an 8MP shooter with autofocus and LED flash at its back panel partnered with a 2MP webcam out front.
Should you happen to live in US shores, AT&T has a variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note which you can get your hands on if you’re interested via select AT&T authorized retailers starting at only $249.99 with a new two-year subscription with the carrier. This is a $50 savings over the AT&T price tag. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $249.