Today AT&T hit the ground running at CES 2012 and have just kicked off their developer summit. From developer API's and 4G LTE, but today we are focused on the Samsung Galaxy Note and that vivid 5.3" Super AMOLED HD display. After various leaks it is finally official for AT&T and we have some hands-on for everyone to enjoy.
The rumors were true, Samsung and AT&T have just revealed the Galaxy Note - this is a gigantic device, if you've not seen it already, and now with four buttons at the bottom of the display instead of its original single button. This device is now working on AT&T's LTE network, it's had a massive amount of effort has been spent on it to create a whole new device category, halfway between a tablet and a smartphone. This device will be coming in blue and white right at the launch.
The SlashGear team is live at the AT&T Developer Summit at CES 2012. Here is where we expect to see some awesome and impressive new things from AT&T. From Smartphones, tablet, and of course 4G LTE. We can't forget the mention that Samsung Galaxy Note that has leaked on more than a few occasions.
We've mentioned the Samsung Galaxy Note more than a few times in the recent weeks. With multiple leaks and even press images rocking the AT&T logo we've had a pretty good idea it was coming. Not to mention Anymode spilling the beans. Now that our team is all here at CES ready to rock, we're seeing plenty of the AT&T branded Galaxy Note being advertised.
Samsung's Galaxy Note has surfaced in a leaked press image today, obtained by PocketNow. The image confirms a lot of what we've been suspecting, showing the device to be launching on AT&T, which the FCC filing had revealed a while back. But what it also tells us is that the launch date is likely to be on February 14.
Back-tracking this morning on the apparent confirmation of the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note by an accessories company yesterday, with Anymode's third-party PR team now claiming the pre-announce info had not been approved by either AT&T, Samsung or indeed Anymode itself. The info - that Anymode was an OEM vendor of Galaxy Note accessories for the AT&T variant - "contained inaccurate information" and has been retracted.
The folks at Anymode have just sent out their invites for everyone to come meet them at CES 2012 and in doing so have, we're guessing without the permission of AT&T, confirmed that the carrier will indeed be showing off the Samsung Galaxy Note at the show. While they certainly do appear to be AT&T's official choice for vendor for their upcoming version of the mighty beast of an Android device, such a confirmation before AT&T drops their press release on the subject does not bode well for the folks who probably should have kept the subject under wraps. That said, we look forward to the device coming out next week!
There are two images you're about to see here, both of them showing what our source here is saying is the official AT&T version of the soon to be released in the USA Samsung Galaxy Note. This device is already released in international sectors, that being basically everywhere outside the USA, but has yet to formally be released here in the states. What we're seeing here is basically the same device but with AT&T branded and a slightly different bit of hardware that brings it much more in line with the USA group of Galaxy devices - notably in the front bottom area where the single physical home button has been replaced by the four Android buttons us Americans are used to.
Samsung's larger than life smartphone known as the Galaxy Note isn't a smartphone at all but actually a phoneblet. After being unveiled at IFA it apparently has been selling like hotcakes even without launching in a wide array of markets. With no US launch yet, and only being on the market a few short months Samsung has confirmed sales are strong for this unconventionally sized device and they've already sold more than 1 million worldwide.
When it comes to Android device releases, nothing is more exciting than a Nexus smartphone or tablet, except when it comes to the Samsung line of Galaxy S devices of course - and today we've got what very well may be the next generation: the Samsung Galaxy S III in leaked press images and details. The story goes like this: Concept Phones, a blog that specializes in conceptual renderings of devices, has intercepted a couple of images and some details sent in from a fellow by the name of Ivan Ilchenko who reported them appearing on Samsung's "official" page on a Russian social network by the name of Vkontakte. If you've got all that, good, because here's the confusing part: the device may well be the first smartphone to be dual-booting Android and Bada OS right out of the box.
Samsung has officially confirmed the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedule for its current line-up of smartphones and tablets, promising that the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note will see Android 4.0 in Q1 2012. Eight devices are listed as in line for upgrades, including the Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy R smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Specific timescales for each model - as well as carrier variants - will follow.