Samsung Galaxy Note landing in November

Think back to the start of September and you might recall the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note. This hefty 5.3-inch 'tablet-phone' sadly didn't launch with any firm details about a UK shelf date. But now we have more of an idea, thanks to an online retailer.

The Galaxy Note is a strange beast, not quite tablet, not quite smartphone. With that in mind, it will almost certainly fly or die when it does hit the market. Samsung is perhaps presuming this is a gap in the market. The market will make its own mind up as we enter 2012.

Not that you have to wait until 2012 to get your hands (and you might need both) on one. Online mobile phone retailer Clove is now taking orders for the Galaxy Note, with an estimated selling date of late November. Subject to change obviously, but something to work to. As for price, well, we're talking sim-free here, so expect the worst. How does £600 grab you? That's the estimated price, once you factor in the VAT.

The specification is impressive, which perhaps accounts for that price. We're talking a Super AMOLED display at a high-res 1280x800 resolution, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, along with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, the former also shooting 1080p HD video. All of that in an Android Gingerbread device just 9.6mm thin. There's also an S-Pen (aka stylus) bundled, for better or worse. All down to personal choice.

If you want one sim-free, go see Clove. If you want a contract deal, sit tight and wait for the networks to step forward.

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