Samsung Galaxy Note Gets FCC Seal, Packs AT&T-compatible Radios

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Samsung’s recently debuted smartphone-tablet hybrid Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Note, just received clearance from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

FCC documents filed for the Samsung Galaxy Note suggest communication components compatible with AT&T’s 4G network.

Assigned FCC ID AL3GTI9220 (Samsung handset model GT-I9220), the Samsung Galaxy Note is expected to be launched in the U.S. or Europe in 2012 yet, although the likelihood of its release in Canada this year is great. Samsung released variants of its global blockbuster smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, to the Canadian market first before the phone reached the U.S.market.

The Samsung Galaxy Note drew mixed reactions when Samsung debuted it at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in early September, owing primarily to its form factor–a 5.3-inch display with 1280×800 resolution.

People were at odds with what to think of the Android device: is it technically a smartphone, or is it a tablet? Or is it a phoneblet, tabphone, phonetab, smartlet, (insert neologism here)?

Some felt the size was too huge for a smartphone, yet, on the other hand, the size was also too small for a tablet. Most people, however, felt that the size is just enough for a mini-tablet or notepad, especially in a period where the standard size for the tablet begins with 7 inches as the smallest.

The Samsung Galaxy Note generated buzz at the IFA 2011 not only because of its size but also because of its other specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, dual-core Samsung Exynos processor (1.4 GHz), 1 GB of RAM, 2500-mAh battery, 8-megapixel primary camera, 2-megapixel secondary camera, and a pen/stylus that can be inserted into the phone when not in use.

What’s your opinion of a 5.3-inch Android smartphone? What about of a 5.3-inch Android tablet?

Comments

  • Dewayne Korth

    This is the equivalent of a microsoft zune or apple touch, but much better. With a data connection this all my teenagers need. They don’t use their cell phones except to text. I’m sure I can tango with them or gtalk with them if I need voice. Actually, maybe this is all I need except I need it on T-Mobile. Undoubtedly ATT will not allow gtalk or tango unless you have a wifi connection. Plus ATT network is slow. Think of the possibilities. The display is super amoled plus right?

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      Indeed it is – but this time around, it’s going to be called “Super HD Amoled Plus”

      • Dewayne Korth

        That makes this more “Super” than we realize. Can’t wait to try it out.

  • Gery Teague

    T-Mobile or unlocked all the way. Not interested in AT$T.

  • Ep13945

    i hope sprint get this

  • Planetxisle

    I just waited to be let down…AT&T? OMG, I’d just as soon cut my fingers off before signing with AT&T. There’s a market for “XL” in android phones why was this the only future promise?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Calouri/1217162233 Ted Calouri

    ANy forum where we can encourage Sprint to pickup this phone? This thing was designed for an unlimited data carrier. Finally a screen worthy of consuming media content in a phone.

  • Anonymous

    i need this on att right now