The Galaxy Note’s massive 5.3″ screen will soon be shown on AT&T store shelves. It’ll be offered in white or carbon blue, and with a different hardware configuration than the international version which is already seeing strong support from developers on XDA. Instead of the 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos found on the already-released version, the AT&T variant has a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon from Qualcomm. Because of these differences, we decided to give the AT&T Galaxy Note its own section on XDA.
Up until recently, AT&T’s Android offerings have been somewhat lacking compared to the other major American carriers. And while the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket have certainly helped close the gap, there’s no denying that other carriers simply pack a stronger punch.
Luckily for Ma Bell customers, AT&T is bolstering its Android arsenal with six new LTE-enabled and Android-packing devices: the Samsung Exhilarate, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, Sony Xperia Ion, Pantech Burst, the Pantech Element tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid.
Of most interest, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and the same 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED screen as the Galaxy Nexus—all while keeping itself slim-and-trim at just 9.279 mm. The Xperia Ion packs a 4.6″ HD display, 12 MP rear-facing camera, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. The Pantech Element, as its name suggests, is a weatherproof tablet for those who take tablet computing to the extreme. The Pantech Burst is a 4.0″ 1.2 GHz dual-core phone, and it marks Pantech’s first truly high end device. The Galaxy Note, already released in Europe, is an HD-packing tablet/phone hybrid with S-pen functionality for easy copy/paste and note-taking. And finally, the Exhilarate boasts a 4″ screen and eco-friendly construction.
Interested in having a look at the new offerings yourself? Sneak a peek courtesy of the official AT&T site (PDF warning). Or, you know—you can eschew technology thanks to the SpareOne we covered earlier if all these new-fangled thing-a-ma-bobs get a bit too overwhelming.
January 3, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The proverbial train that is CyanogenMod9 keeps on a rollin’ today as it hits another device. This time, it happens to be the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The giant phone gets its giant update to one of the most giant ROMs in the history of ROM making courtesy to XDA member Maui, who’s been kind enough to compile it for everyone toting the super sized phone.
As expected, it is an alpha build and there are some issues. They include:
Bluetooth is unstable. Don’t rely on it just yet
Battery Usage doesn’t work.
MTP Mode does not work. You need to push/pull files via adb
Camera doesn’t work. Will be that way until we can get our hands on a ICS leak for the Galaxy Note
Unlike most CM builds, it is noteworthy to notice that this particular build is flashed via Odin as opposed to ClockworkMod Recovery and if you want the Gapps, then you’ll need to push them via ADB. So if you’re uncomfortable with ADB and need your dose of Gapps, then it’s recommended to get instructions on how to flash Gapps before attempting to flash the ROM. Otherwise you could end up a very unhappy camper (with no Gapps *sadface*) Also, as with any experimental or unstable builds, there’s always the potential for permanent phone damage. Also, as Maui will tell you:
Flashing this rom WILL increase your binary counter and may/will void your warranty.
If that’s something that you happen to not be so worried about, then you can sate your CM9 cravings, grab instructions, download links and screenshots in the original thread.
December 14, 2011 By: liwen
Call it a phone or a tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note is perhaps both with its massive 5.3″ display. Not only is the screen large, but it’s extremely high resolution – 1280×80 pixels to be exact, which is the same amount of pixels found on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1. With so many pixels, you have a huge canvas to work with on your homescreen. There’s a thread over in the Galaxy Note forum where people are posting screenshots of their homescreens. Click on to the discussion thread to see how people are taking advantage of all 1,024,000 pixels of the Note!
November 7, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
It seems as if XDA Senior Moderator, Recognized Developer Chainfire is at it yet again by gracing another device with his iconic CF-Root. This time, he sprinkles his voodoo magic on Samsung’s latest tablet/phone, the Galaxy Note.
CF-Root isn’t a complete ROM, nor does it pretend to be. Rather, it is aruguably the simplest entry point to su status on your mobile device. Geared towards those wanting to remain as close to stock as possible, flashing CF-Root replaces your original Samsung kernel with a rooted variant, adds busybox, and flashes ClockworkMod Recovery. According to Chainfire himself:
THIS IS NOT A ROM – it is only a modified kernel. You need to have the relevant firmware already on your device. You do NOT need to wipe anything for this patch. You DO need to read the instructions. PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE FIRST FEW POSTS!
– The kernel is fully stock and taken from the original firmware, with just the following added:
– Busybox v1.19.2-cm71
– ClockWorkMod Recovery 5
– CWM Manager (see below for more detail)
– Custom boot / init scripts
– Custom boot animations
Eager to enjoy those root-only apps on your Note? Continue on to the original thread to get started! Unfortunately, we must report that CF-Root was unable to better elucidate the device’s status as phone or tablet.
[Thank you, M_T_M, for the tip!]
October 24, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Well, it seems that it is the time to go back to big devices, and the bigget they are, the more appealing they seem. You have likely seen he flurry of announcements regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note and the HTC Sensation XL. The first of these two is said to bridge the gap between tabs and phones due to it having a larger screen but not making it big enough to qualify as a tab. It does carry some impressive specs on it though.
On the other hand, we get the Sensation XL by HTC. This is yet another behemoth of a device with a screen that is considerably larger than that of its closest relative, the HTC Sensation. Another interesting bit regarding this device is the fact that it carries a single core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. Considering that there isn’t a whole lot of support for dual core apps at the moment, his seems like a smart move by HTC, although many will likely be put off by this.
Both of these devices are scheduled to release a few weeks from now. However, if you have either one of these and would like to leave a review, or drop something interesting that you found in them, please do it in their brand new fora.
You can visit the Galaxy Note in its new home on xda right here.
You can visit the Sensation XL in its new home on xda right here.
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