While Steve Jobs and Co believe we were all born with the perfect pointing device already stuck on the end of our palms, Samsung begs to differ. It’s just unveiled the Samsung Note, an Android smartphone with a retro stylus, dubbed the S Pen.
Launching alongside the Galaxy Tab 7.7, it has the look of a retro Windows Mobile phone, with the S Pen slotting neatly into the Note’s metalic shell. But don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a dumb stylus.
Samsung is promising APIs to help developers craft S Pen-friendly apps, and from the get-go, all of the Samsung Note’s native applications will work perfectly with it.
The Note seems to be blurring the lines between Android smartphone and tablet. It’s running Gingerbread, with a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display, as well as an 8 megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel snapper up front.
It’s hardly svelte, and will cause more than a ripple in your slacks, but at 178 grams it’s not too heavy.
There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, and Samsung hasn’t confirmed any UK carriers. Start lobbying yours now, stylus fans.