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UPDATE: Samsung 5.3in Galaxy Note smartphone to launch in UK on November 17

Samsung Galaxy Note

Updated 03.10.11

Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphone, first seen at IFA in Berlin last month, is due to go on sale in the UK from November 17th.

None of the major mobile networks have yet confirmed if they'll stock the Note, but we'll bring you any further updates as soon as we get them.

Let's hope Apple doesn't throw a spanner in the works again and demand a sales ban on this one too.

Published 01.09.11

Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note today at IFA, a new category of portable that hopes to bridge the gap between tablet and smartphone.

Boasting a 5.3in HD screen, the Galaxy Note has a familiar touchscreen display but can also be controlled with the new S Pen stylus.

It's 9.65mm thin, 14.6cm tall and 8.2cm wide, with a 1280 x 800 HD Super AMOLED screen.

An Android tablet, it uses the Gingerbread 2.3 operating software and has a 1.4GHz processor.

It's compatible with 1080p/24fps HD video, while MPEG4, DivX and WMA video files, plus MP3, AAC and FLAC music files are supported.

There are front and back cameras - 8MP with flash, and 2MP - a USB input and a microSD card slot, plus WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Set to be available in 16 and 32GB incarnations, a release date and prices are yet to be confirmed.

Simon Stanford, Managing Director, Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The huge, 5.3in HD Super AMOLED screen is the largest, highest quality display available in any phone; the touch screen and S Pen combine to produce a uniquely accurate level of control... enabling the introduction of new smartphone experiences.”

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.