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Samsung Galaxy Note will be available at AT&T stores Feb. 19

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Samsung’s much-anticipated Galaxy Note will be available at AT&T on Feb. 19 for $300 with a two-year contract.

The 4G LTE smartphone can be pre-ordered online or in stores beginning Sunday for delivery by Feb. 17, the company said.

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Samsung has been hyping the Galaxy Note as a new device category geared toward the creative-minded set, although most consumers will likely view it as a combination of a smartphone and tablet. The device features a large 5.3-inch touchscreen -- one of the largest on a phone -- and a stylus, called the S Pen.

By using the pen, Samsung says, ‘users can easily sketch drawings, jot down notes, or write emails and texts quickly and easily in free-form handwriting.’

S Memo, a multimedia app, allows pictures, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes and drawings to be combined via a single application, converted into a memo and shared.

‘The Galaxy Note brings a new level of efficiency to busy customers who would normally rely on multiple devices,’ said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of devices for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. ‘This new breed of smartphone helps consumers accomplish more with a single device than ever before.’

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, Samsung devoted a big portion of its floor space to showing off the Galaxy Note and hired artists to use the device to draw caricatures of convention-goers.

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-- Andrea Chang

Twitter.com/byandreachang


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