Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3in Smartphone - Features and Specifications

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3in Smartphone
Features and Specifications
Phone Tour
Using the Note
Camera - Still and Video
Downsides and Final Thoughts

Galaxy Note Features:

The following information has been pulled from the Samsung Galaxy Note product page and posted here for your convenience.  For all the features and specifications and up to date information, please check the Samsung product page for all the details.

Full-touch & pen input
The GALAXY Note lets you freely capture and create ideas anywhere anytime with both full-touch and pen input. Fast responsive full-touch input lets you touch, press and drag what you’re looking for effortlessly. Or use the innovative S Pen to write notes and emails in freeform handwriting or sketch drawings easily and accurately on the go.

Largest screen available
The GALAXY Note features the world’s first 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display, the largest screen size with smartphone portability. The large display lets you see more in one glance with minimal scrolling and screen transitions. The exclusive Super AMOLED HD (TruColor™) screen also lets you enjoy an immersive movie theatre-like viewing experience with deep rich colour and clarity.

Lightning-fast 4G LTE speed
With the 4G LTE network, the GALAXY Note gives you lightning-fast web access and download speeds.

Balance work & life with S-Planner
Manage complicated schedules easier than ever before! The GALAXY Note’s S Planner gives you a smart and intuitive way to view, schedule and arrange all your business meetings and personal activities. You can even add appointments to your calendar simply by jotting them on the screen with your S Pen.

Long-lasting 2500 mAh battery
Whether you’re using your GALAXY Note on the go, at home or at work, the strong detachable 2500 mAh battery prolongs your GALAXY Note experience and ensures you’re up and running wherever you are.

Tablet power—1.5 GHZ dual core processor
Real-time video streaming, premium mobile gaming, no delays—you’ll think you’re enjoying your favorite entertainment on a tablet. The GALAXY Note’s powerful 1.5 GHz Dual Core Processor gives you unrivaled access and speed to let you enjoy movies, games, browsing, apps and more as soon as you want them.

Business documents on the go
The GALAXY note gives professionals the ability to create, review, edit and share business documents no matter where they are. Edit a report, make notes or even draw a diagram on the go. The S Pen functions are deeply integrated into the GALAXY Note’s basic applications to give you a richer business experience.

Advanced 8 MP camera & photo/video editing
The GALAXY Note’s powerful 8 MP camera lets you capture life’s every moment in deep crisp detail and then share great photos with friends on the large display. Revolutionary photo/video editing tools give you the freedom to accurately edit videos and easily personalize photos with precise pen input and cool templates.

Convenient single-handed portability
Its slim body (9.65 mm) and super light design (178 g) makes it easy and convenient to do and see more on the go. Enjoy comfortable single-handed portability and operation wherever you go.

Stay Connected
Business users can stay connected for important meetings on the go while social butterflies can make plans wherever they are. Choose to stay in touch with colleagues and friends via SM, email and text.


Processor 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
Display 5.3" super AMOLED with 1280x800 resolution
Software Android 2.3 with Samsung TouchWiz interface
Storage 16GB integrated
Ports 1 Micro USB 2.0
1 analog audio headphone port
Expansion slots 1 microSD slot (up to 32GB)
HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100 (up to 21 Mbps)
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
802.11n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
Camera 8-megapixel rear with LED flash
(supports 1080p video recording)
2-megapixel front
Input devices Capacitive multi-touch screen
Advanced S-Pen
Dimensions 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm
Weight 178 g
Battery 9.25Wh (2500 mAh) lithium-ion


As you can see in the specs above, the Galaxy Note is pretty loaded.  It comes with a dual-core CPU that has higher performance than the ARM Cortex-A8 or even Cortex-A9 designs.  This Qualcomm Snapdragon chip also integrates a speedy Adreno 220 graphics chip that supports hardware Flash decoding as well as the WebGL standard.


After glancing at the features and specs above, you may notice that this Android 2.3 device actually packs in a better camera than the Galaxy Nexus device.  The Note comes with a great 8MP camera that has some pretty impressive features and image quality as we'll find out as we continue through this review.

I was surprised that this device only comes with 16GB of storage, but unlike the Galaxy Nexus - it is expandable by a MicroSD card slot and can support cards up to 32GB - give you a decent 48GB of storage on your device.  

While the physical size of the Note may set some users off right away, it's amazing that the device itself weighs in at a mere 178g.  It is still pretty heavy for a phone as the iPhone weighs in at 139g, but for that extra 39g, you get a lot more screen, a faster processor, a stylus and a large battery.