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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy Note on Preorder from £594

Online retailer Clove (opens in new tab) has shaved a few pounds off the preorder price of the Samsung Galaxy Note, otherwise known as the i9220 and is now selling it for as little as £594.

The device, whose release date is set for mid-November, will be the biggest Android smartphone launched by any manufacturer, with its 5.3-inch display surpassing that of the Dell Streak which was marginally smaller.

With a Super AMOLED screen and a 1280x800 pixel resolution, the Galaxy Note will also be the first handset on the market with an HD ready screen.

Other features include a Smart Pen Stylus (like the HTC Flyer), a dual core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, GLONASS technology , a microSD card slot Android 2.3 Gingerbread (hopefully with Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Quad Band network compatibility.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S2, it will also have an eight megapixel rear camera with a front facing two megapixel one and full HD recording capabilities.

With a thickness of less than 10mm and weighing well under 200g, the Note should prove to be a worthy rival to the iPhone 4S.

That said, Samsung is taking a big risk by pricing it well above the cheapest iPhone 4S, which means that it will almost certainly be the most expensive mainstream smartphone in the country at launch.

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.