Vodafone has announced that Samsung's Galaxy Note Android phone — best described as a half-smartphone, half-tablet — will be "coming soon" to the network in Australia.
The telco revealed via its Twitter account yesterday afternoon that the Galaxy Note will soon be arriving on Australian shores. It also linked a video that shows a Vodafone representative discussing the phone with Samsung Australia, but did not reveal a firm release date or pricing details.
It's not yet known if Vodafone will be the exclusive carrier of the device, however, as Australian Android blog Ausdroid has previously reported that Telstra is also likely carry the Galaxy Note in the near future.
The Vodafone announcement was an expected one given Samsung confirmed back in October last year that the Galaxy Note would launch in Australia in "early 2012". "Samsung is working with our partners to launch Galaxy Note in Australia by early 2012," a Samsung spokesperson told GoodGearGuide.com.au at the time. "Essentially, we do want to bring it to Australia but it won't be until next year".
Online mobile phone store MobiCity was the first online retail outlet to sell the Galaxy Note in Australia, but the phone was a grey import model rather than an Australian one.
Best described as either an extra large smartphone or a small tablet — or a hybrid device to sit in between — the Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3in screen and includes a stylus called the "S Pen" that allows users to take notes, draw onto the screen and annotate images and PDF files.
Samsung is marketing the Galaxy Note as an all-in-one device. The official Galaxy Note micro site says the Android smartphone intends to "consolidate the core tasks of multiple devices" including the smartphone, the tablet and a physical pen and paper.
"There is an emerging desire for a primary device for on-the-go use that could consolidate the core tasks of multiple devices as well as recreate the ease and simplicity of using a pen and paper," the site reads. "The Galaxy Note is a primary device that will minimise the need to switch to other devices while on the go and open up the potential of your mobile experience."
The Samsung Galaxy Note is powered by a dual-core, 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, has 1GB of RAM and will come in 16GB or 32 GB models. There's also a microSD card slot for extra memory, an 8-megapixel camera that records HD 1080p video at 30 fps and a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video calls.