[IFA 2011] Samsung Shows New Android Machine With 5.3-inch OLED Panel

Sep 4, 2011
Fumitada Takahashi, Nikkei Electronics
The "Galaxy Note" supports pen input.
The "Galaxy Note" supports pen input.
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It is possible to cut out a part of a picture and write characters by hand.
It is possible to cut out a part of a picture and write characters by hand.
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The "Galaxy Tab 7.7"
The "Galaxy Tab 7.7"
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Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will exhibit the "Galaxy Note," a mobile computer equipped with a 5.3-inch OLED panel, at IFA 2011, the largest consumer electronics trade show in Europe, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, from Sept 2, 2011.

The company announced the computer at a press conference that took place prior to the trade show. Based on Google Inc's "Android 2.3" software platform, the Galaxy Note has a size of 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65mm, which is larger than normal smartphones but smaller than tablet computers. Its weight is 178g.

Samsung will expand its product line of mobile computers, defining the Galaxy Note as a product that creates a new category with a size intermediate between those of smartphones and tablet computers.

The most distinctive features of the Galaxy Note are its OLED panel whose resolution is as high as 285dpi (1,280 x 800 pixels) and the introduction of Samsung's "S Pen" pen-input technology. With those features, the company aims to develop new fields of application such as playing high-definition video, taking a note by using the pen, drawing pictures, etc.

For the pen-input technology, Samsung realized a function to cut out a part of a picture, etc. And users can share images that they created by using characters, illustrations and pictures. Also, the company provides a software development kit so that developers outside the company can develop applications software for the S Pen. The Galaxy Note supports not only pen input but touch operation like normal smartphones.

The Galaxy Note has communication functions based on wireless LAN and the third-generation mobile networks. And it supports "WiFi Direct," a technical standard for directly connecting mobile computers via a wireless LAN. The operating frequency of its microprocessor is 1.4GHz.

In addition to the Galaxy Note, Samsung unveiled the "Galaxy Tab 7.7," a successor to the "Galaxy Tab" tablet computer having a 7-inch OLED panel. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 comes with a 7.7-inch OLED panel with a pixel count of 1,280 x 800. Its dimensions and weight are 196.7 x 133 x 7.89mm and 355g, respectively. It uses Android 3.2.