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

Online retailer Clove 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.