If you like both large phones and small tablets, and you’re on AT&T, you might be happy to know that Pocket Now has received more information on the Samsung Galaxy Note landing in the States (the device recently cleared the FCC with AT&T bands). As you probably recall, the Galaxy Note is that huge 5.3-inch phone that’s also a small 5.3-inch tablet. It is was announced at Mobile World Congress and is currently available in Europe.
According to PocketNow, the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note will be making its way to the United States as the SGH-I717 and will find a home on AT&T’s network. The U.S. version of the Galaxy Note will be the same as the international version, with the exception of at least 3 things.
First, when it lands on AT&T, it will be a 4G LTE device. By the time it makes its way here, AT&T will have 4G LTE service in more cities, so that’s a good thing. Secondly, it won’t be powered by Samsung’s Exynos processor. According to Pocketnow, the SHG-I717 will be powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 processor. There’s no reason why Samsung is going with a competitor’s processor when their own can do the job. Last but not least, the Galaxy Note will be redesigned when it hits the U.S. Instead of the physical home button available on most European Galaxy devices, the Note in the U.S. will come with the standard 4 Android buttons that we’re used to: menu, home, back, and search.
There’s no telling if it will be launching with Ice Cream Sandwich or Gingerbread when it hits the States. The phoneblet is expected to be announced at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Source: Pocket Now