Samsung Electronics released its new flagship Galaxy lineup including the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at a press conference on Monday.
With a 5.3-inch display, the Galaxy Note is bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet PC. The company first unveiled the device at IFA 2011, the world's largest electronics trade fair, in Berlin in September.
Samsung began receiving pre-orders for the Note on Friday through SK Telecom. The version selling in Korea runs on the fourth-generation long-term evolution (LTE) network service, while the model launched in the U.K. and China last month operates on 3G wireless networks.
Samsung also introduced the Nexus, the first smartphone loaded with the Android's new Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE, the country's first tablet PC designed for the new network service.
The Nexus, which was released last month in Hong Kong, boasts an improved processing speed and user interface. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE touts its Internet speed as being five times faster than 3G, making it suitable for watching high-resolution videos. The Galaxy Tab is available with both 7-inch and 10.1-inch displays.
Shin Jong-kyun, the head of Samsung's mobile communications business, said, "We will offer customers a range of options and sizes, from handsets with a 3-inch screen to smartphones with a 4-inch display, the Galaxy Note with a 5.3-inch display and tablet PCs with a 7-inch screen or larger."