Nov 29 AT 12:15 PM Taylor Wimberly 108 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE likely headed to AT&T next year

Galaxy Note

Phone? Tablet? Samsung calls it the Galaxy Note. The Android device with a massive 5.3 inch display was revealed earlier this year, but no announcements have been made about availability in the US. However, this week Samsung unveiled a newer Galaxy Note that includes 4G LTE and we have already heard rumblings that it will appear on AT&T early next year.

As a refresher, the Galaxy Note features Android 2.3 skinned with TouchWiz, a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 800 resolution, dual-core 1.4 GHz Exynos processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, S Pen stylus, 32 GB internal storage, and a 2500 mAh battery.

The current Galaxy Note (selling unlocked for $734.99) already supports HSPA+, so the addition of 4G LTE will make it a perfect fit for AT&T’s LTE network which recently expanded to 15 markets. AT&T plans to reach 70 million Americans with 4G LTE by year-end 2011.

Stephen Schenck of PocketNow recently posted pictures of the Galaxy Note with a 4-button layout common in the US, which also supports this device is head stateside.

With a larger display and better processor than the Galaxy Nexus, I think quite a few AT&T customer’s could choose the Note over Google’s flagship phone. Hopefully, AT&T has asked Samsung to upgrade the Galaxy Note to Android 4.0 before they bring it to market.

Anyone out there ready to carry a 5.3-inch superphone?

Update: As pointed out in the comments, the Korea Times is reporting the Galaxy Note LTE uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and not Samsung’s Exynos. However, the paper reports the processor as “1.5-megahertz dual-core” when Samsung’s site still says dual-core 1.4 GHz. Basically, we don’t know which CPU the Galaxy Note will have when it launches in the US.

Via: PocketNow

Source: Samsung

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  • mikeyDroid

    Sounds like a badass Dell Streak to me. Awesome specs.. I’m finding the Razr to be just fine in size, but 5.3 would probably be pushing that.. don’t know though for sure

    • WowoW

      I don’t know, I always like big devices. The thing is that with this stylus (I know it is not required), people will feel this as being a setback. The current hype is touch screen, why go ‘back’ to stylus?

      • Simon Sebastian

        i think the stylus is just a good addition for thigs as drawing, handwriting etc.
        nice thing, samsung

  • Muhammad

    I’ve read that Samsung will replace the Exynos processor with a Qualcomm due to a supposed incompatibility between Exynos and LTE radios. If true, it sounds similar to the switch Samsung did with the Galaxy S2 (exynos) and the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket (Qualcomm).

    Can anyone verify this? If true, how does this impact the quality of the note? With an exynos, it seems to me that the Note–spec-wise– is the most impressive smartphone out there.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      It is possible. Samsung didn’t list the CPU model on their specs page. However, if this was a Snapdragon S3 then I think it would be clocked at 1.5 GHz like the other devices Samsung has done. The 1.4 GHz clock speeds make me think this is Exynos.

      • Muhammad

        “`The Note, which is already available globally, is using the 1.4-gigahertz dual-core Samsung Exynos APs. But for domestic customers, Samsung decided to use Snapdragon mobile APs offered by Qualcomm, which is interesting to see,’’ said an executive, requesting anonymity.

        “Mobile carriers in Korea are putting more focus on LTE networks in order to become more appealing to more users. If LTE services are not enough, then smartphone users are going to switch to another carrier that provides more subsidies and that’s why Samsung is using Qualcomm chips in the Note,’’ said another Samsung executive.

        Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile APs combine 3G and 4G LTE into one. The integrated chip looks ideal for Samsung as it wants to take advantage of the local 4G LTE market with the help of local carriers.

        “It’s a strategic decision. All LTE smartphones that have been sold in South Korea are using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. Korean consumers want LTE-backed digital devices,’’ added the executive.

        Samsung separately denied speculation that its advanced mobile APs called “Exynos 4212’’ are to be used in the Note as the company is still testing them.

        “Some gadget geeks are ordering the Note with Samsung Exynos mobile APs from international websites as Exynos is known to be better in graphics processing than Snapdragons,’’ said an industry executive.”


        • Androidcrazed6

          This might be a stupid question but i am sorta a newbie so please bear with me

          Can someone tell me why you can not use unlocked phones on Sprint or am i wrong and you can???

          This phone would be perfectttt but sadly i’m on Sprint and it is suppose to come out on the AT&T network

          • droider

            Phones released on TMobile’s network can be unlocked and used on At&t’s network, and vice versa. Sprint phones can NOT work on TMobile or At&t networks; the most likely network-candidate for an unlocked Sprint to work on is Verizon, but I am not sure about that.

          • Guest

            Sprint uses CDMA technology, while AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM which is used worldwide. So phones have to be built specific to these carriers to match their frequencies. Sprint’s CDMA network also runs a different frequency than Verizon’s CDMA network does, so they’re not compatible.

      • Gene

        The AT&T version has a Qualcomm at 1.5 w/ the Adreno 220 GPU and LTE.

  • syaonline

    Benchmark Note – Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 –

  • AsakuraZero

    tooo big imo, the battery could be an issue too (well considering that hte battery could take up more than a half of the device that would make it a bit heavy).

    this are the “in between” which are a bit off to me

  • Hemdroids

    all i know is i really want one NOW! lol..
    ..its a hard one between the Gnexus and this because a phone without capacitive buttons sounds badass .. and its fast and PURE googlefied .. but a 5.3″ samsung galaxy BEAST! sounds really good too,especially with their own in-house xenos processor ..
    either way its gonna be a hefty price tag,but if what muhammad above me said is true?.. then i dunno if i want a qualcomm LTE instead of the amazingly fast xenos HSPA+ .. hmmmm

  • pikahatonjon

    i wonder what this means for an At&t subsidised galaxy nexus. having 2 phablets made by samsung on 1 carrier doesn’t seem likely. (but then again, one is hspa+ and one is LTE) but it would be really cool to have choices.

    • eallan

      There is an inch of difference (almost) between them. I don’t think they’re the same “market.”

  • auramae

    Dying for this phone. Wish I had a launch date for AT&T, I would prefer to have the LTE, but if it isn’t coming until summer, I will import an EU version. This will be my third 5″ screen phone. Just can’t go back to a smaller screen.

    • iamXiV92a

      Right there with you! This would be perfect to replace my Dell Streak with, but I’m still waiting on an actual release date for the Galaxy Nexus for AT&T (or any carrier for that matter – ha ha)

  • BigCiX

    I’d still get the Nexus over this only because of samsung history on updating software.

  • vyprnoch

    got this thing in my country but I am confused if its phone or tablet. how to use one and why should I buy this when S2 is more better. I thought this thing didn’t had a phone button.

  • Wilson Lara

    idk i dont think its terribly large… its only slightly bigger than the Evo 3d which feels not too big in my hand. but i do have big hands.

    • andrpau

      and you know what they about people with big hands, right? or is it feet?
      Aaaanywho, grats on your giant shlong!

  • Donnieace

    I leave overseas this Sunday and I heard this phone is being advertised to death. The specs look very good and It will probably replace my tablet as well.

    Checked out the 5″ Galaxy player at BB. It felt good in my hands. I was able to tell the size wouldn’t be a bother to me.

    It is also a bit cheaper than the Galaxy Nexus so it makes it even more appealing.

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Really cool, I like Samsung still trying to get the idea of a tabled/phone hybrid to catch on people. The phone itself looks good and has some nice specs, sucks I’m pretty much sure it won’t come to my country, where the Galaxy S is still the “big sensation” :/

  • RAWLogic

    I really hope this phone takes off. It just feels like there will be too many people who think that it is too big or who aren’t willing to use a stylus on their phone. That being said, it would be awesome seeing people walk around with a 5.3″ sAMOLED. Anyone know how it’s doing internationally?

  • Dlux

    I do a lot of Netflix watching on my phone. This would be an interesting thing to have as it’s not quite full tablet size but big enough to be awesome to watch tv shows on.

  • awesomellamas57

    after my first 5” phone there was no going back. the other screens are just too small

  • Ironzey

    It would be nice to have this on Tmobile. HSPA+ please.

    • mrjlwilliams

      Yep. I have T-Mobile, and I have this phone. It is on EDGE, but it’s not bad. But I have a 4G Hotspot, so I don’t really care too much. But you are right, would be nice.

  • Sketchy alx

    I was checking out the Galaxy Player at BB and wondered if a phone that size would come out soon.

    If it (or some variant of it) comes to Sprint, then my next phone just might be this.

  • spintrex

    What a massive screen that is, wonder how it would fit in pockets.

    It’s also nice to see the return of a stylus packaged with smartphones like the good ol’ PDA days, goes to show how long touchscreen tech has been around.

    • mrjlwilliams

      It fits very well in pockets…I drop mine in there all the time, like every other phone I have.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Outdated to quad cores next year
    Nice phone though

  • Jay

    When it comes to AT&T want to get it but not with the S3 processor. If it does I’m getting the unlocked European version with the Exynos processor.

    • droider

      I think replacing the Exynos is likely, see Muhammad’s source above.

  • stenzor

    I’ve heard that the pen, although being Wacom, is quite underwhelming and doesn’t have very many levels of pressure sensitivities. Can someone confirm/deny this? I’d love to be able to sketch and do some cool art on the go, but if the pen sucks, I’m not finger painting.

    • mrjlwilliams

      Don’t believe everything you hear, get the device for yourself. The pen is great, and very accurate.

    • oh my

      are u kidding? Because of Wacom, this pen has over 250 pressure levels.

  • EwanRGR

    A 5.3 is not much smaller than a 7 in terms of most of what you can do, So in terms of form factor and capabilities this would be very interesting. Unfortunately, AT&T doesn’t yet have a very compelling budget prepay plan. One of the big reasons I’m considering a Dell Streak or a Samsung Exhibit II is the T-Mobile $30/month for 5 GB of 4G data and 100 minutes. Add in GrooveIP, and you have almost unlimited data and voice for a great price. Plus if someone has a better offer in a few months, there’s no contract (and Early Termination Fee) to keep you from moving.

    My .02 anyway…

  • Nathan

    It would be nice to see a phone like this on mist if not all carriers.

  • Michael

    I own a Nokia N800. I can only use it on Skype. I was looking forward to the next generation of N800 phone, but I was disappointed when they announced the N810, because they shrank the viewing size. Well, the N800 was functional enough, but still a little small. So I like the idea behind the NOTE. I hope it goes big. Besides, I am tired of hearing people talk about how offensive it might be to see someone holding such a large phone to the one’s face. I’m ready to offend. Ok! In my mind I am buying a Notepad THAT I can use as a phone, and not a phone that I can use as a notepad. And I noticed that Netbooks and Notepads did not function as both, and try holding one of those to your ear. Well, here is one I can easily carry about unencumbered, that is, until I hold it to my face. But hey! I’m ok with it.

  • Michael

    I own a Nokia N800. I can only use it on Skype. I was looking forward to the next generation of N800 phone, but I was disappointed when they announced the N810, because they shrank the viewing size. Well, the N800 was functional enough, but still a little small. So I like the idea behind the NOTE. I hope it goes big. Besides, I am tired of hearing people talk about how offensive it might be to see someone holding such a large phone to the one’s face. I’m ready to offend. Ok! In my mind I am buying a Notepad THAT I can use as a phone, and not a phone that I can use as a notepad. And I noticed that Netbooks and Notepads did not function as both, and try holding one of those to your ear. Well, here is one I can easily carry about unencumbered, that is, until I hold it to my face. But hey! I’m ok with it.

  • Justin Underscore

    I have a Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 right now, and I had been thinking lately that going to a smaller screen at some point would be a pain. The Note is exciting for that reason alone. The much higher specs will be nice too — I find myself running out of RAM and having to deal with lagginess a bit occasionally on my current device. For those concerned about portability: a 5″ device will fit in a jeans pocket with only a little awkwardness, and I don’t imagine a 5.3″ will be much harder to manage. It’s slightly difficult to get into or out of a pocket quickly, especially with a case on it, but it’s not bad at all. The advantages of the larger screen more than make up for any lessened pocketability, in my opinion.

  • Richard Yarrell

    I am overly impressed with my hot new black Friday special the Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. This is an exceptional device even with the 1.5 snapdragon S3. It’s clearly the best current android device on the market and the best experience I have had with any smartphone to date. 1penny on and with LTE aboard this device is screaming fast and holds great reception. My Htc Rezound on Verizon and my Galaxy 2 Skyrocket just might make forget all about the Galaxy Nexus I don’t know it’s very close I can say now that the Galaxy Note is everything I have ever wanted in one device. What a pickle to be in.

    • Correactive

      Theres no way the skyrocket surpasses other android screens out there with its oversized screen relative to the same pixel density that’s found on the smaller galaxy s2. Developer support is also lacking for this niche device and it’s already been surpassed by the razr and note. Not to mention it has an inferior processor. There’s no getting around this: you got a super deal on an underwhelming device. Your praise comes off as annoying preemptive defense of what you deep down know to be a mediocre and generic phone.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Screen wise yeah OK Razr wins but that’s definitely the only win. Browser performance and just overall fluidity of the Skyrocket simply pimp slaps the Droid Razr matter of fact my Htc Rezound ambushes your Razr all day Long. And we wont mention the overall specs of the Skyrocket with its NFC as well as better battery life and just overall skin Touchwiz vs Motoblur NO CONTEST.

  • J. Williams

    I have one of these, and I can tell you first hand it is not big like most people are saying. It does have a wide screen but it is perfect for people with larger hands, I’m so serious. I love this phone, and will be using it for a while. It is super thin and light weight, you would not believe it was in your hands because of that. Fits great in pockets too.

  • http://androidandme byron

    will this be able to be use on verizon?

    • jathak

      If it’s released as an exclusive to AT&T, no.

  • oddball

    I would really love this on Verizon. The screen on the note looks incredible to me and the large size works for my bigger hands which is a bonus. Maybe they’ll let it have ICS and I can have what might just count as my dream phone

  • rrmimms

    it just seems like their doing to many different sizes and this one doesn’t look like it would be all that different from a phone, especially now that most phones have a 4.3 or 4.5 inch screen.

  • Jimmy Bones

    Being that the cell phone game in size is going up every year. A smart idea is to just offer tablets with cell phone capabilities period. This phone is genius but a 5 in phone is a bit much. Just to level out technology tablets could just rule the air. The need for cell phones is becoming obsolete and that is hard to say. But because this phone has been brought to life, we now have to question the idea of whether we need both technologies at our hands. 5 in is great but why not go 2 in higher and just get a tablet.

  • jst4tim

    A small pocket tablet with built in phone looks better the the Dell Streak some cool features.

  • TaoRenCe

    Maybe this’ll replace my crashtastic G2X…….

  • james

    After coming from G2x I can tell u this phone is excellent.Batterty life is double G2X and every other smartphone Ive used.After 10 minutes in your hand it doesnt look or feel to big.I’ve had it for 3 weeks now and I’m impressed and I never use the stylus.

  • Skaalp

    Hey, got this phone since 3 weeks now, in France, and it’s the best phone I ve never had…
    The HD screen is amazing, I’ve never seen a pixel and the web navigation is excellent.
    If you think it’s too big, then buy it… and don’t forget that size matter

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  • baldypal

    Did anyone actually get ahold of a Dell Streak? There’s probably a really good reason they didn’t catch on very well, screensize for aPHONE was probably A #1 reason. 5.3, Good Lord, Man! For a phone, that’s a mini-tab. In fact, that’s what they should have coined, the phrase “Mini-Tab” Anybody know how to patent that name? i’m gonna sue apple when they think of using it…no wait, even Apple won’t make a phone with a screen that big.

    • jathak

      While this phone will turn away some because of its size, I think that it will still be a success. The Dell Streak failed because it was poorly marketed and ran an outdated version of Android. Release this with an extensive marketing campaign and ICS (or at least a promise of ICS to come very soon) and it will be a huge (no pun intended) success.

  • nmoline

    Is this really a desired device?

  • Dan13

    I think that this would be just a little to big for my tastes. But my sister would really like it since she is an artist. I think I’ll email her now.

  • intel8140

    I think it will make a nice phone. :)

  • myandroid99

    i need this to take notes :)

  • papajohn

    i want this phone. it will be a phone and a tablet for me!

  • mmsr5

    I agree with you papajohn. I used to have the TMo Galaxy Tab 7 as my phone and tablet and loved it. This would be perfect.

  • SLC75

    Hot…hot specs!!! Bring it on! Love and WANT!!

  • fede77m

    Incredible terminal. Good job Samsung!

  • hirschtec

    5,3 inches? At last!

  • donger

    that’s a sexy phone

  • kimminer1

    I wish this ph. were cheaper to buy off contract

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  • the5thdimension

    This thing is beastly and sexy all at the same time. Definitely puts the Dell Streak to shame. I look at it and my mind tells me I want one. Question is how big will this look upside my head?

  • blaseb

    LTE is everywhere!

  • jm9843

    Now we just need news on a stateside release of the Tab 7.7 which debuted along side the Note.

  • damambt

    Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.
    Galaxy Nexus, Moto Razr, or Galaxy Note? I can’t decide!!!!!!!!

    • DroidPWNsApple

      Galaxy Nexus! fo sho

  • DroidPWNsApple

    Awsome product, but its so big It would feel awkward holding a phone conversation with that giant thing next to your head lol.

  • Aura Mae

    If I hear one more person whine about how they might look silly talking on a big phone, I will scream. Do you really care so much about what others think of you that it influences your choice of tools?

    • e36bmer

      I don’t know about you, but I like having a big… eh… phone.

  • smwinn7

    I think that this is going to be the perfect thing for business types that want a tablet they can truly carry in a pocket, plus it will make a phone call for them. this device has the ability to be one that really takes off for enterprise users.

    • jefflarkin

      It’s the return of the PDA. =)

  • GUI_Center

    Are you sure thats a phone? :P

    • GUI_Center

      Hit post too soon…. That really is one large phone, how would that ever fit into my pocket? I think I am going to have issues with the Galaxy Nexus fitting in my pocket, not sure how I would even deal with a 5.3″ phone, no matter how good the hardware is.

  • jefflarkin

    The picture above gives so sense of scale. Given that, how is Apple not suing over this one looking almost identical to a iPod touch?

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  • evil2uce

    Kind of disappointed this is going to AT&T (exclusive?) in the US. Verizon has done a decent job w/ tablets in the US and always seem to have them in stock.

  • jjoseph

    Looks pretty cool, I like phones with large screen real estate.

  • phaet2112

    Of the many ATT devices, this actually looked to be extremely interesting- larger size and massive battery makes for a great PDA for people, which can also double as a phone. I think the size would work great for purses.

  • kimminer1

    just too costly off contract

  • megatec45

    Soon everyone will be carrying the 10.1″ Smartphones around their neck!

  • falvey6607

    heard it here first, thanks

  • mimogear

    This device is beautiful @[email protected] 5.3″ at 1280×800 resolution!! Perfect screen size in my opinion XD

  • jathak

    This looks like it could be an awesome device for some and a device that will turn a lot of people away. The specs are fantastic but the size is the deciding factor. Some people will want the huge display that this device offers. Others will find it to be too big.

  • staryoshi

    I actually think it’s a neat product… I guess it’s the mobile device equivalent of a “crossover” vehicle :P If it supported UMTS 1700 I would give it strong consideration.

  • devoncatt

    I have actually played with one of theses at my local dealer. I was impressed compared it to a Saturn II and iPhone 4S. The major advantages were a faster processor and larger size. I could see a whole webpage in a font I could actually read ( which was a little more difficult on a Saturn II and nearly impossible on the iPhone). I think the screen on the iPhone was a little more clear but just too small. I am not sure how comfortable it would be to read an e-book though for that I would like a 7 inch tablet at least.

    It seemed light weight and could fit in a larger pocket. I would not want to put it in skinny jeans. It would though eliminate the need for a tablet for most uses. I plan to get one in the next few weeks and see how it performs in actual use. perhaps even write a review of actual use vs in the lab?

  • pdelwebb

    I like the stylus feature. Easier to take notes versus typing. It just looks too big to be a phone though.

  • smisa27

    I love the idea and how it can be used as a tablet. But using it as a phone? I’m not a big fan of that. Personally, I think 5″ is way too big for a phone. My friend has the 5″ Dell Streak, and it’s fun to play with, but having in my pocket all the time and using it as a phone would be too big for me. It’s either a phone or a tablet for me.

  • tmarone

    The audio recording is stereo and high quality. It is the first phone that can record good stereo audio. YAY! HTC please fix your problems!

    This is HSPA+ so does it work …’as-is’… on TMobile?

  • Louis Atu

    I may actually pic this one up. I really like the 5″ profile and of course the slim design.

  • Joseph Nadzan

    Pretty excited about this phone. Will have to use it first but, a hybrid phone tablet sounds amazing.

  • gofloria

    LTE? Wanna get throttled? Yeah, even with 5GB usage AT&T is cracking down on their ‘dumbphones’. Do a search and ye shall find.

  • mrjlwilliams

    You are gonna love it, just an amazing phone. Not really a hybrid, but it is truly amazing!!! I’ve been enjoying mine for about 10 days now, and I’ve been please with everything about it. I can’t stress enough, that the size is not a factor. This is a phone you will have to use, in order get the feel for it. Do not believe what you read on the net, because most of the people reviewing are not using it as a daily drive…and won’t. They are just reviewing it for a day or so, then giving it back. Buy it, and you will never want to go back to anything smaller. 5.3 is a sweet spot to me, along with the HD screen 1280/800. Top notch! Trust me.

  • Samar

    $734…wooow..tht rolls my head….I can get a full size laptop at this price which is portable enough.

    • Samar

      All features are terrific, but price cud be lower. C’mon samsung.

    • mrjlwilliams

      If you are looking for a laptop, get a laptop. If you are looking for something that has the same resolution as your laptop, portable, great camera, can fit in your pocket, great quality, can phone and tablet features, the list goes on and on, get a note! you can’t fit a laptop in your pocket. If the price is out of your range, stay with a lower quality device with less.

  • huotg01

    Someone knows when and where this device will be available in Canada ?

  • anonymous

    If you can’t afford a lexus, don’t ask the dealer to lower the price to a toyata price and stop complaining.
    If the size is too big to put next to your head then use a Bluetooth. All you DOUCHE-BOXES have them in your ears anyways.
    A lot of fools out there have to have the biggest phones and Bluetooth in their ear to get the “i’m rich” effect. So Samsung is gonna make a lot of money on that alone. My Peni…phone is bigger than your phone mentality.
    Seriously, this phablet has it all. It is what it is. Ppl buy things for different reasons. I text more then placing a phone call. If i place a call on this phone, i can always use Bluetooth or speaker phone.
    I’m in the management business and having a portable device where i can write notes instantly is great!!!
    Watching netflix on a 5.3″ superamoled plus screen with like 1200X800 lines is amazing. No phone has that kind of pixel density per inch. This supersedes quad HD.

    PSHHH. All i hear is “phone is too big”….To those ppl, do you have an iPhone by chance? Do you also complain to your friend who has a 75″+ tv and say “it’s to big” when you really want one yourself?
    Anybody tell you that the wheels on your car is too big? C’mon, 28″ wheels?!?

  • Shazam

    This is the device I want more than any other. From my old Handspring days, I’m used to having a stylus, and the possibilities with this device seem endless.