The Samsung Galaxy Note 4G Android smartphone arrived on the AT&T 4G LTE wireless platform in early February of this year. The handset is offered in your choice of either Ceramic White or Carbon Blue chassis, and currently carries a retail price of $199 with standard new two-year activation and data plan at select retailers. The huge 5.3 inch capacitive touchscreen on the Galaxy Note 4G couples with native handwriting recognition technology and the integrated S Pen smart stylus to offer tablet-like operation, as well as its 4G LTE smartphone capabilities. The handset quickly became the poster child for the new “Phablet” device category, referring to smartphones with powerful processors and a display size from 4.6 inches to 5.5 inches.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $199.
While Samsung will not confirm nor deny any sales estimates, multiple online industry analysts have pegged the Samsung Galaxy Note 4G for anywhere from 7 million to 10 million units sold globally. That large 5.3 inch display is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, which provides scratch resistance and glare reduction. Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface Android overlay accepts multitouch, capacitive gestures for navigating the device, and an over the air upgrade to Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 operating system is in the works.
That 5.30 inch display provides a pixel density of 285 pixels per inch, and renders visuals in more than 16 million separate colors. That gives the screen an overall resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels, and a built-in light sensor automatically adjusts for the best possible brightness, taking into account your surroundings. The built-in proximity sensor shuts down the display when you lift the device to your face to make or receive a call, and that helps the Samsung Galaxy Note to 25% better talk time from a single battery charge than the average 4G smartphone, at 10.0 hours.
The handset was one of the first for AT&T to offer Near Field Communications (NFC) wireless technology out-of-the-box, and a Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon microchip package powers the handset. Included in that chip suite is a dual core 1.5 GHz Scorpion processor and graphics dedicated Adreno 220 GPU. 16 GB of storage come built-in, and 1.0 GB of RAM system memory is on board. Facebook, YouTube, Picasa and Twitter social networking applications have been pre-installed, and the handset includes an 8.0 megapixel rear facing camcorder which provides video capture at 1,080P HD resolution. A front facing 2.0 megapixel chat cam is also present, and offers video call capability as well as portrait snapshots. You can purchase the Galaxy Note starting at $199.