updated 07:40 pm EDT, Thu October 27, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Note arrives in Germany first
Samsung said Thursday that its Galaxy Note had started shipping. The 5.3-inch phone and tablet crossover is arriving first in Europe and will start off in Germany. Europe's version is the reference version and runs on a dual-core 1.4GHz processor while holding an eight megapixel rear camera, a front two megapixel camera, and 16GB or 32GB of storage.
Its signature feature is the inclusion of a pen for use with a batch of apps optimized for drawing, such as a bundled notepad app and planner.
A version may reach the US following an FCC filing with 3G friendly to AT&T and bigger Canadian carriers.
The arrival follows despite Samsung's legal battles with Apple and the particulars of the Galaxy Note's design. Samsung is currently appealing a temporary Galaxy Tab ban Germany and even had to pull the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA trade show floor after an Apple request. Apple's legal action in Germany hasn't focused on phones and doesn't include the Galaxy Note, but the consciously iPhone-like home button and other similarities might provoke a reaction in the Netherlands, where the Galaxy line had to be changed to get around another temporary ban.