Samsung set to officially launch Galaxy Note next week

Samsung to finally launch the Galaxy Note in Australia on Tuesday 13 March

Samsung's Galaxy Note

Samsung's Galaxy Note

Samsung is set to officially launch its Galaxy Note Android phone in Australia next week, following an invitation sent to Australian media to attend an "unveiling of its latest creation" event on Tuesday 13 March.

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The media event will be hosted by Samsung's vice president of Telecommunications, Tyler McGee, with Samsung confirming it will encompass a "technology briefing" and a Q&A session.

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.

The Galaxy Note went on sale in various European markets late last year and was released in the US last week, but the device is yet to officially launch in Australia. Samsung confirmed back in October that the Galaxy Note would launch Down Under early this year, saying at the time that it was "working with our partners to launch Galaxy Note in Australia by early 2012." Online mobile phone store MobiCity was the first online retail outlet to sell the Galaxy Note in Australia in October, but the phone was a grey import model rather than an Australian one.

Vodafone has already announced that the Galaxy Note will be "coming soon" to the network in Australia via a Twitter post earlier last month, while Australian Android blog Ausdroid has reported that both Optus and Virgin Mobile will sell the phone from "mid-March".

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.

The pending Australian launch will come less than two weeks after Samsung announced it has sold over two million Galaxy Note devices globally. Further, Samsung expects sales of the device to reach over 10 million by the end of 2012.

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