Samsung Galaxy Note with StylusSamsung's new tablet-turned-smartphone hybrid device has been one of the biggest talking points to spawn from this year's IFA. The Galaxy Note boasts a whopping 5.3-inch display and packs some of the most impressive specifications you'll see on a just-about-pocket-sized device right now.

Those of you in the U.K. who can't wait to wrap your mitts around this big boy will be pleased to hear it's now available to pre-order from There's no release date just yet, but I'd advise you to start saving now if you want one, because it comes with a price tag that matches that oversized display at £600 (approx. $958).

That's just over £200 (approx. $319) more than Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, so what's so special about the Galaxy Note? Sure, it has a 5.3-inch AMOLED display, it can make phone calls, and it comes with a stylus (really?!) but is that really worth such a huge price?

On the other hand, it's still cheaper than the 32GB iPhone 4, which £612 (approx. $978) here in the U.K., and doesn't feature a specs list anywhere near as pretty as this one:

Samsung Galaxy Note Specs

  • Android 2.3.5 with TouchWiz
  • 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (1280 x 800)
  • Dual core 1.4GHz processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • microSD slot for expansion up to 32GB
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.o
  • "S Pen" stylus
  • 2,500 mAh battery

Even with those specs, I'd struggle to lug a 5.3-inch device around in my pocket all day, and I'd much prefer to spend my money on the Galaxy Note's sleek and slender cousin — the Galaxy S II.

To give you a better idea of the Galaxy Note's bulk, check out Jon's hands-on video from IFA.

Will you be splashing £600 on the Samsung Galaxy Note, or does its size put you off?

[via TechRadar]