Over on my last trip to South Korea, I got to play with the original Korean version of Galaxy Note white version for quite a bit. The Korean version of Galaxy Note comes packed with goodies like Samsung Exynos 1.5Ghz processor and LTE on Korean telecom networks LG U+ and SK Telecom’s 4G LTE.
By the time this Galaxy Note arrives “subsidized” to U.S. carriers like Sprint and AT&T, you will likely to see many of the features missing like the dual-core 1.5Ghz Exynos processor (probably replaced with Qualcomm which is much slower) and no center button.
Who knows, they might keep the original specs but man, the Galaxy Note I tried in South Korea was super-fast, great screen, and best of all, you can actually take notes with its pressure-sensing multi-touch screen!
The Galaxy Note is indeed a bit bigger on your hands than a typical smartphone as it has a whopping 5.3-inch screen coupled with the most resolution on a smartphone yet, 1280×800 pixels.
I also got to try Galaxy Nexus on the same day but the experience isn’t the same with the Nexus, Galaxy Note has a better, brighter screen with faster hardware that’s noticeably faster than the Galaxy Nexus.
Of course, for those of you in the U.S., you might be lucky to pick up one of these early next year as U.S. carriers are getting ready to launch the Galaxy Note. Let me add though that you are likely to receive a watered-down version of the original Galaxy Note. For those of you on AT&T or T-Mobile, you can pick up an “unlocked”, international version of Galaxy Note on Amazon. It’s definitely worth it over the locked-down U.S. versions plus you get the center physical button.
I’ve seen this happen with the Galaxy S2 series, the original, unlocked international version of Galaxy S2 is the best Galaxy S2 in my opinion as it comes SIM-unlocked with a bunch of more support from ROM developers as its been released months earlier to the market.
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