Looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note, one of the darlings from IFA 2011, has passed through FCC testing, meaning that the will be sold in the US after all. Earlier, around the time of its announcement at IFA, there were some reports that Samsung had no plans to sell the Galaxy Note here, but lucky for us, this has been proven untrue.
The Galaxy Note superphone, or bridge device between the smartphone and tablet categories, has a 5.3″ Super AMOLED display with an amazing resolution of 1280 x 800. It also has a 1.4 GHz, dual-core processor that was recently benchmarked and performed slightly better than the already sprightly Galaxy S2 smartphone. But the Galaxy Note’s main distinguishing feature is its stylus, called the S-Pen, and the stylus-optimized apps that Samsung has bundled on the device. Samsung envisions users making the Galaxy Note their digital notepad/scrapbook. Samsung also intends the Galaxy Note to be a user’s primary device, being small enough to carry everywhere, but with a large enough screen to do tasks one would normally reserve for a tablet.
The FCC filing has shown that the Galaxy Note will indeed support AT&T’s HSPA+ network, but as of yet, a firm release date is still to be determined. In the meantime, feel free to rewatch the IFA announcement and hands-on videos to prepare for the Galaxy Note’s eventual release here in the US.