Samsung Unveils Bigger Smartphone

Samsung Electronics unveiled its 5.3-inch smartphone Galaxy Note in London on Thursday. The size makes it a kind of halfway house between a phone and a tablet PC.

The phone was originally to be released in the U.S. first, but Samsung changed its mind.

A user draws a portrait on the Galaxy Note during the IFA 2011 in Berlin in September. A user draws a portrait on the Galaxy Note during the IFA 2011 in Berlin in September.

Its 5.3-inch screen makes it easier for users to make notes or watch videos than the 3-4-inch screens of normal smartphones. It is equipped with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, is 9.65 mm thick and weighs 178 g.

With a stylus pen, users can make notes or touch the screen with greater precision and sensitivity.

After the launch in London, the Galaxy Note will be released in Korea and abroad, Samsung said in a press release, but the exact dates have not been decided.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 28, 2011 12:53 KST

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