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Oct 252011

Despite the intrigue arising from an unexpected size and form factor, many Android fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Samsung GALAXY Note in their respective markets.  But, it seems that the British will be the first to scribble on Samsung’s first phone-tablet hybrid Android device.

Samsung Electronics is set to officially launch the Samsung GALAXY Note in London on October 27 this week.  According to the company’s announcement at its official global blog, the launching event will be held at Battersea Powerstation in London at 7:00 PM (London time).

Samsung’s PR team for the event has also posted a short clip showcasing the main features of the Samsung GALAXY Note phoneblet:

What appears to be the Samsung GALAXY Note’s very first TV advertisement has also surfaced just a few hours ago, and I especially love how it addresses the seemingly beleaguered, confused identity of being somewhat phone and somewhat tablet.  As you will see in the last few seconds of the video ad below, it’s all about freedom–the Android device can be what you want it to be:

Meanwhile, U.K.-based online mobile device retailer Clove Technology is expecting first shipments of the Samsung GALAXY Note to arrive starting in mid-November. The retailer’s blog had earlier announced that the Samsung GALAXY Note release date on Clove Technology was moved from November 17 to November 1. For some unknown reason, though, Clove Technology reps reverted their expected release date for the Samsung GALAXY Note to November 17.

The online retailer also lists the Samsung GALAXY Note’s retail price of £495 (without value-added tax).

Recently debuted at the IFA 2011 (Internationale Funkausstellung IFA 2011) held in Berlin last September, the Samsung GALAXY Note is expected to pack the following specs:

  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 5.3-inch WXGA (1280×800, 285 ppi) HD Super AMOLED screen
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung TouchWiz
  • 16 GB internal storage (with microSD card expansion slot for up to 32 GB)
  • 8 MP primary camer with LED Flash, 2 MP secondary camera
  • Full HD (1080p) video capture and playback
  • S Pen (stylus, can be inserted/hidden into device)
  • Li-ion batter (2,500 mAh)
  • 146.85 mm x 82.95 mm x 9.65 mm
  • 178 grams

Whether Samsung’s bold attempt to introduce a hybrid phone-tablet earns public affection remains to be seen.  We’ll know soon enough.

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