It is that time of year when all the latest and perhaps greatest gadgets are shown off at the IFA conference in Berlin.

Samsung, amongst it’s slew of products, introduced to the Samsung Galaxy Note.

They are claiming this to be a new product category. The latter term, in my opinion is somewhat overused and certainly borders corporate market-speak.

The headlining specifications include a large 5.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen at 1200x 800 resolution, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, an 8 Megapixel camera and a rather capacious 2500 mAh battery. All this crammed into a 9.65mm thick device.

Android 2.3.3 is running the core of the proceedings, with TouchWiz providing the icing on the cake.

The unique selling point of this device is the usage of a stylus which Samsung has christened as the S-pen. The S-pen acts as a digitizer of sorts for drawing onto the screen and tapping to create appointments etc etc. It all sound rather retro to me.

This device is not a tablet but a phone, placing it squarely in the no man’s land of tablet vs phone conundrum. The Dell streak, HTC Flyer were there before, thus making this claim of ” new product category” somewhat overinflated.

As to how successful this device will be for Samsung remains to be seen. Marketing and pricing will be key factors in user adoption.

Click on this link for video and still images, courtesy of Engadget.

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