Samsung writes the next chapter of the mobile industry with the Samsung GALAXY Note

03 November 2011, Johannesburg; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, has announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Note.

The GALAXY Note is a new category of product, developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight. It is a hybrid device that combines core on-the-go benefits of various mobile devices while maintaining smartphone portability, to create a whole new user experience. The GALAXY Note is a smart device that is lighter, thinner, bigger and brighter, offering both tablet and traditional cellphone functionality.

The GALAXY Note has a 5.3” display which is the largest screen size with smartphone portability. It features the world’s first and the largest 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display, an expansive high-resolution screen that provides an immersive viewing experience. Taking full advantage of the large display, users will be able to do more tasks to create and consume more, with minimum scrolling and screen transitions, while on the go. An advanced pen-input technology, called the S Pen, is combined with the GALAXY Note’s full touch screen to introduce a new type of user-experience. Through this, consumers are able to freely capture and create ideas while on the go.

“The GALAXY Note is a device borne from our insight and innovation. We examined the fundamental elements of mobile culture, entertainment and communication to bring together the best experiences in a single, elegant device,” says Paulo Ferreira, Head of Mobile Product and Business Solutions at Samsung.  “The huge, 5.3” 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 and finesse, along with rich expressions across the GALAXY Note experience, enabling the introduction of new smartphone experiences.”

“The artistic freedom of a paper notebook is coupled with the benefits of Samsung’s smartphone technology and services, allowing users to create, edit and share with more style than ever before,” Ferreira added.

State-of-the-art Display

The GALAXY Note features Samsung’s own 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display providing vivid clarity that is superior to conventional HD displays. This ensures the best viewing experience for video, photo, document and web on the go with deep blacks and bright colors. The superior screen also offers a 180 degree viewing angle, allowing contents to be shared comfortably.

At 5.3” the best-in-class display is the largest ever included in a primary mobile device; measuring just 9.6mm thick, the GALAXY Note fits comfortably in a pocket to offer true portability.

Full Screen Utilisation 

The high resolution display ensures that PowerPoint presentations, web-pages, news apps and e-books can be viewed comfortably with minimal scrolling or zooming. Minimising the need to switch between applications, the GALAXY Note’s HD super AMOLED screen is large enough to allow meaningful split-screen operation in the most frequently used native apps.

Samsung has also included S Planner, a smart professional planning tool that makes full use of the device’s large screen. The management planner integrates the phone’s To-Do list and schedule; control and navigation is intuitive, helping users to comprehensively organise their lives.

Free Capture & Creation

The GALAXY Note’s advanced pen input functionality is combined with the full touch screen to create a new input experience. The incorporated digital S Pen can be used for accurate sketching and artwork, and instantly capturing ideas freely before they float away.

The GALAXY Note features S Memo, a multimedia application designed to record all forms of user-created content. Pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes or drawings can all be captured via a single application and converted to a ‘memo’, to be edited, annotated and shared as desired.

A one-step screen-capture function also allows users to instantly capture any screen; captured images can also be freely and accurately annotated using the S Pen before being filed or shared. 

The S Pen functionality has been deeply integrated into the GALAXY Note’s native applications to provide a richer interactive experience. Users will benefit from increased accuracy and control when editing or personalising captured videos or photographs; and users will be able to draw and send handwritten images and notes via text message, email, and Samsung’s ChatON communication service.

Broadening the opportunity to create new user experiences, Samsung – at the recent Tech4Africa event – released the S Pen SDK allowing app developers to create fundamentally new applications and services incorporating the pen functionality.

Superior Usability, Powerful Performance

The 1.4GHz dual-core processor ensures the device is incredibly fast and a smooth user interface ensures seamless usability. Lightning fast network speeds are enabled through the HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11n and Wi-Fi Direct connection, ensuring a quick and seamless browsing experience. This means that users can stream videos in real-time or engage with their friends through online gaming platforms.

Valued add features:

The GALAXY Note comes with variety of value added features that make the mobile experience even better for the user. Google Mobile Services allows the user to have access to services including Gmail, Google Talk and Google Search to name a few. With access to Google Maps, the GALAXY Note offers users the ability to use turn by turn navigation through Google Maps in South Africa – ideal for the person always on the move.

Furthermore, offering enterprise solutions including On Device Encryption (ODE), Exchange Active Sync (EAS), Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX), Mobile Data Management (MDM), Virtual Private Network (VPN) and WebEx Unified Communications, makes the GALAXY Note a great business tool that meets the needs of the business user.

“Such features coupled with the longer battery life via the 2500mAh battery that the GALAXY Note holds, means this device offers the consumer a smarter life. We are excited about the Galaxy Note as we believe that this product truly meets the needs of a variety of consumers locally. The next evolution of mobile technology is here and is changing the mobile space for the better,” concludes Ferreira.

The Samsung GALAXY Note will be available locally in 16GB at a recommended retail price between R8, 499.00 – R8, 999.00.


Samsung GALAXY Note Product Specifications


 HSPA+ 21Mbps  850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS  850/900/1800/1900


 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor


 5.3” WXGA(1280×800, 285ppi) HD Super AMOLED


Android 2.3(Gingerbread)


Main(Rear) : 8 MP with LED Flash

Front : 2 MP

Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot, Share Shot


Video : MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX, Xvid, VC-1
1080p@24~30fps, Playing 1080p@30fps



Music Player with SoundAlive

3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS



 Samsung Apps

 Samsung Kies 2.0/ Samsung Kies air

 Samsung ChatON mobile messenger service

 (Downloadable via Samsung Apps)

Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX

Smart Note Apps

S Pen / Pen UX

Social Hub
– Integrated Messaging(Email, SNS), Contacts/ Calendar Sync

– Basic: POP3/IMAP Email

 Social Hub, Readers Hub , Music Hub

GoogleTM Mobile Services

– GmailTM, Google TalkTM, Google SearchTM, YouTubeTM, Android Market TM,

Google MapsTM with Google Places and Google Latitude


 Enterprise Solutions


 NFC (optional)


 Bluetooth® technology v 3.0 + HS


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct


 Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer


 16GB Internal Memory + microSD


 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm


 Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh

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