Finally, T-Mobile has lifted the lid on their much anticipated Samsung Galaxy note phablets – they are finally coming before the holiday season. After a series of hints and a trail of rumors, T-Mobile will be making the tablet and smartphone hybrid available that it has been carrying on and on about for half the year available starting on August 8th.
The Samsung Galaxy Note phablet dubbed the S Pen phablet will retail at a price of $250 with a standard 2 year service agreement – after a $50 mail-in rebate. Although $250 seems quite a hefty price, T-Mobile seems quite sure that there are users who would not mind churning out the cash for the tablet and smartphone hybrid.
The phablet features a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 processor, 4G and HSPA+ capability, 16GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras, a 2,500mAh battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The note is identical to AT&T’s galaxy note – hardware wise. It is unfortunate that the tablet comes so late with rumors of the second phablet dubbed Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet being on its way to be launched sometime this year.
Rumor though is that the Galaxy note 2 will have a slightly larger 5.5 inch screen and will come with the newer Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system which will make it more marketable than its predecessor the Galaxy Note 1.
Specs and Features Summary
Processor: 1.5 GHz, dual-core, Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM S3 Processor
Operating System: AndroidTM 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Screen: 5.3-inch HD Screen
Storage: 16GB internal memory; expandable to 32GB on a microSD card
Cameras: 8MP rear with LED flash and 0 shutter lag and 2MP front camera.
Battery: 2500 mAh battery
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n and Hotspot), Bluetooth 3.0, Quad-band 4G UMTS/HSPA+ 42 (Bands I, II, IV & V) and GSM world phone: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Ports: DLNA and HDMI out capability via MHL adapter
Size: 146.85 X 82.95 X 9.65 mm; weight: 6.34 oz
Others: Samsung Media Hub to buy and rent movies and TV programs, T-Mobile TV in mobile HD for on-demand TV shows, SAFE (Samsung Approved for EnterpriseTM) technology, S PenTM, Polaris Office and S MemoTM, T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, Evernote, Dropbox, CamScanner, LinkedIn, Square, Wi-Fi Calling, TripIt and Skype.
My thoughts about the phablet
The good thing is, the phablet is big, we are talking 5.3 inches screen. This is a combination of a smartphone and tablet, it provides enough screen space to watch movies, play games or have several application windows open at the same time. The screen size may also be a downside for some people because it is too big to use as a phone and too small to use as a tablet. The processor is quite impressive though and a RAM of 1GB is more than enough even for games with heavy graphics.