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Samsung Galaxy Note To Launch On November 17th

The world's biggest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note, will go on sale in the UK on the 17th of November according to a statement issued by the managing director of Samsung UK and Ireland.

Simon Stanford told the Inquirer (opens in new tab) that the Note will inaugurate a new "category of mobile products" and will be the fastest handset to date, "bringing together all the benefits of [Samsung's] award-winning smartphone technology and services".

The £600 Galaxy Note was presented in September at the IFA Show in Berlin and comes with the biggest screen available on a non-tablet device; its 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, much bigger than the 5-inch 800x480 pixels screen of the Dell Streak.

The device comes with a dual core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz (probably a new Exynos model - Samsung Electronics wouldn't say). 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage (expandable using a microSD card slot) and like the Samsung Galaxy S2, an eight megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front facing one.

Uniquely, this is the first smartphone to come with a "Smart Pen" stylus which allows the user to scribble on the screen, draw and make annotations.

Désiré Athow

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.