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Samsung Galaxy Note Is World's First HD Ready Smartphone, Lacks HDMI Out

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.