Samsung has launched a whopper of a smartphone, the Galaxy Note (that it is not part of the Galaxy S family apparently) and will displace the Dell Streak as the biggest smartphone on the market, although the original Galaxy Tab should probably have that title.
The Galaxy Note, which has been launched at the IFA in Germany, has a massive 5.3-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1280x800 pixel Super AMOLED display, making it the first smartphone to be HD ready (with a 285ppi pixel density, lower than the iPhone 4's 326ppi).
Other features include a dual core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz (Samsung hasn't confirmed whether it is a new Exynos SoC or not), either 16GB or 32GB, possibly 1GB onboard RAM, an eight megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a front two-megapixel camera, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, optional NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a microSD card reader and a massive 2500mAh battery, dwarfing the 1900mAh one on the Motorola Atrix.
As expected, the phone can record full HD video but strangely enough there's no mention of HDMI capabilities, something that the previous Galaxy S handsets did offer.
The Note is also the second handset - after the HTC EVO View 4G - to offer a capacitive pen called the S Pen, which will allow users to "freely capture and create ideas while on the go". Expect the Samsung Galaxy Note to be launched in the UK soon.