After stirring up some noise overseas, the Samsung Galaxy Note is about to do the same on our side of the big pond as AT&T is poised to launch this beastly of a smartphone starting on Sunday, February 19th for $299.99 with a contract. Spending just a tiny bit of time with the wide figured smartphone back at CES, it’s finally here in retail form to give US consumers a taste of the big life – and by big, we mean extraordinarily BIG.
Needless to say, one would assume that a larger than life device like this would garner some kind of attention grabbing packaging, but alas, it’s sporting nothing more than the usual AT&T colors that we’ve come to know and love by now. Although the image of the handset on the front cover is undoubtedly a tease, the rear one is actually accompanied by its stylus…err….we mean that S Pen! Rummaging through its contents, there’s nothing out of place as we’re given its usual set of documentation, compact style wall charger, and its microUSB cable. Of course, the S Pen is also included, but it’s discretely tucked away in lower corner of the smartphone. Aside from the obvious functionality that accompanies the S Pen, like being able to jot notes and paint drawings, it can be used to navigate around the platform as well – much like what we do with our digits most of the time.
Holding onto the smartphone with one hand, it doesn’t try in any way to hide its girth, but it’s nice to see that it doesn’t add any more bulk to its casing, while maintaining the same streamlined construction found with the international version. Even more impressive is the fact that AT&T’s beauty is packing an LTE radio inside of its body. Aside from that, the only visible differences between it and the international GSM version is the AT&T logo it’s sporting below its display, the full set of Android capacitive buttons, and the “Galaxy Note” branding in the rear.
Did you happen to forget about the Samsung Galaxy Note already? For shame! We’ll be forgiving this time around, but as a refresher, it features a 5.3” WXGA (800 x 1280) Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor, 1GB RAM, LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, aGPS, 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, 2,500 mAh battery, and a microSD card slot.