Exclusive: Samsung Galaxy Note heading to Australia in 'early 2012'

Samsung 'working with partners' to launch the Galaxy Note in Australia by early 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note: coming to Australia in "early 2012"

The Samsung Galaxy Note: coming to Australia in "early 2012"

Samsung Australia has confirmed it is expecting to launch its Galaxy Note Android smartphone in Australia in "early 2012".

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Best described as either an extra large smartphone or a small tablet — or a hybrid device to sit in between — the Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3in screen and includes a stylus called the "S Pen" that allows users to take notes, draw onto the screen and annotate images and PDF files.

"Samsung is working with our partners to launch Galaxy Note in Australia by early 2012," said a Samsung Australia spokesperson. "Essentially, we do want to bring it to Australia but it won't be until next year".

The Samsung Galaxy Note was originally unveiled last month at the IFA trade show in Berlin, the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics and household appliances. It generated largely positive press upon its announcement but Samsung was coy with official release details at the time. Samsung officially announced today that the Galaxy Note would be released in the UK on 17 November, but has not confirmed if or when it would be sold in the US.

Essentially, Samsung is marketing the Galaxy Note as an all-in-one device. The official Galaxy Note micro site says the Android smartphone intends to "consolidate the core tasks of multiple devices" including the smartphone, the tablet and a physical pen and paper.

"There is an emerging desire for a primary device for on-the-go use that could consolidate the core tasks of multiple devices as well as recreate the ease and simplicity of using a pen and paper," the site reads. "The Galaxy Note is a primary device that will minimise the need to switch to other devices while on the go and open up the potential of your mobile experience."

The Samsung Galaxy Note is powered by a dual-core, 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, has 1GB of RAM and will come in 16GB or 32 GB models. There's also a microSD card slot for extra memory, an 8-megapixel camera that records HD 1080p video at 30 fps and a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video calls.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

PC World

12 Comments

mazzy

1

It is great that we are getting it in Australia.. I just wish we did not have to wait so long.. maybe we can pre-order from the UK.. I can't wait to get it, as it is everything I want in a phone.. so well done Samsung!!!

DB

2

Surely it will be the flagship phone for Telstra's new 4G network. Cant wait!!!

SS

3

At last! I have been waiting years for a product that would neatly balance portability and function; small enough to fit into a pocket but with a screen big enough to browse the web. The Dell Streak was nearly there, but its screen resolution was far too low. The Galaxy Note looks like hitting the optimum sweet spot! Congratulations Samsung.

emiel

4

i can not wait for them to hit Australian stores. I will buy one straight away.

Age

5

Ah, but! Will it have LTE (4G) when released here? Since apparently the UK release in November will not have 4G, which could be a big consideration as to whether to import or not.

phil

6

It may not come to the US....bummer! I'll have to buy it from another country. Def looks like the best option. Perfect size!

Ross Catanzariti

7

Hi Age,

The Galaxy Note does not have LTE. It's a quad band 3G device, so it will work on Telstra's Next G network, and the Optus and Vodafone networks in Australia. Hope that helps.

Age

8

Thanks for the info Ross!

Apparently the Korean model of the Note will be an LTE version, so I wondered whether the same would make it here. I guess it's not suprising for it not to, since the LTE networks are so new/limited. In which case, I'll probably be importing this device from the UK when it comes out there - 2012 is too long to wait! Thanks again for the response.

Sam Cat

9

On the second you tube video above at 55 seconds in she says it has 4g lte. I am guessing the reason why it is released later in Australia is because Australia/Telstra may go for the 4g model or telstra is just stuffing around testing the phone like it always does.

dicky

10

Hi when is samsung galaxy note coming in singapore I really can't wait pls help me thanks

Hilly

11

Any official release date beside 'early 2012'?MyGalaxy S contract through optus is nearly up and want this phoneblet.Anyone?

Patanjali

12

Fantastic smartphone, and it's 1280x800 AMOLED display allows excellent internet surfing. It is the same resolution as the latest Tabs, but far more convenient.

For those who still carry around a small notebook to jot down ideas and diagrams, this makes it obsolete.

Unlike with smaller phones (like the iPhone 4s) that I have to grip with fingertips to make sure they don't slip away, during calls with the Note I can just hold it against my face with open fingers. A thing I never even thought about (and probably Apple didn't either), but it is so much less stressful.

The Note will be launched in Aus soon (as at 15 Jan 2012), as it has just been included as one of the Samsung devices allowed to download the free Navigon Australia-NZ app.

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