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Samsung Galaxy Note Will Cost £600

The Samsung Galaxy Note has been put on preorder for an eye-watering £600 at Clove Technology; the smartphone which has the biggest screen on the market and the highest screen resolution on the market will apparently be launched in the first quarter of 2012.

The landing page on Clove's website doesn't mention specifically when the handset will be launched, only that it may well be the most expensive non iPhone handset on the market, and the chances are that it will be worth it.

The Galaxy Note (opens in new tab) has the same resolution as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (1280x800 pixels) despite having a screen nearly four times smaller; its SoC, a 1.4GHz Dual Core one, is also faster than that of its bigger brother.

The rest of the feature list is fairly similar except for two things; the Galaxy Note comes with a "smart pen" that allows users to write down on the device's screen like they would do with a notepad, plus Samsung has also included GLONASS technology, the Russian equivalent of GPS (which hints at a Qualcomm SoC, rather than Samsung's own).

Even with such a beefed up specification (1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, eight megapixel camera), the Galaxy Note is less than 10mm thick and weighs a mere 179g.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.