Lots of news in the Galaxy Note department today, though sadly none of it will be much comfort to users waiting for the superphone to appear in other markets. OLED-Display reports that Samsung has announced an LTE variant of its supersized flagship phone for its home country of South Korea, giving users a chance for 4G connectivity in addition to the device’s other numerous charms. This comes just hours after the company released the first version of the SDK for the Galaxy Note’s unique S-Pen.
Aside from a speedy new Long-Term Evolution radio, there doesn’t seem to be any major changes to the Galaxy Note. You still get that gorgeous 5.3-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor and 16GB of storage space. Patience should yield an eventual Ice Cream Sandwich port as well, upgrading Samsung’s TouchWiz version of Gingerbread. South Korea is also getting the Galaxy Nexus, and the LTE version of the Galaxy S II is making its way to NTT DoCoMo in Japan.
The Galaxy Note still doesn’t have a home in the United States – if you want one you’ll need AT&T service and a pricey import model. But the creation of an LTE version bodes well. Verizon is the largest LTE provider in the world, and Samsung would probably like a slice of that pie, even if they’re concerned that Americans aren’t ready for such a large device. (Psst, Samsung. We can handle it. We’ve seen the Dell Streak – you can do better than that, right?) A version with AT&T HSPA+ bands made its way through the FCC, but so far nothing has come out of that development.