The Samsung mobile giant has recently confirmed a release date for a much-anticipated handset. The handset in question offers an assortment of high tech features and apps and is available in the UK in just over a month.

So which handset are we talking about? The mobile phone in question is in fact the Samsung Galaxy Note and if you are lucky, you may be able to get your hands on one in the very near future!

This isn’t just a smartphone, it is also a tablet and a hybrid and the much talked about device was raved about at the IFA 2011 in August.

So what can we expect from such a unique smartphone? The specs include an 8-mega-pixel rear mounted camera, which in fact features 1080p HD video recording facilities as well as a front facing 2-mega-pixel lens! This means taking photos of you and your friends together no longer requires the task of trying to hit the button from the other side of the camera. This is a technique that often results in missing half of the group out of the camera shot!

The operating systems included are Android Gingerbread 2.1, which is powered by a 1.4 GHz processor. Despite all of the technology squeezed into this handset, it still only measures 9.65mm. This is great news for those that desire a high tech gadget that isn’t bulky but instead easy to carry around, whether this is too and from work or whilst travelling to various venues.

Samsung have stated that they have in fact brought an extremely innovative product to the market with the introduction of this handset. The Samsung Note is said to be the fastest handset to date and still offers the entire award winning specifications expected from a state of the art smartphone. Visit the site to see more about this new innovative mobile phone at the Dialaphone website.

Sales figures for smartphones reached record highs this Christmas as thousands of people unwrapped their new mobile devices, mainly Apple iPhones and handsets running Google’s Android operating system. Analytics company Flurry has released a variety of statistics detailing just how many of Britain’s consumers received a mobile phone or tablet over the festive season, with the main figure landing at over 500,000. Collectively the British public downloaded an unbelievable 4 million apps on Christmas Day alone, whilst the total number of apps downloaded on Apple and Android surged 125% to 242 million worldwide. That’s more than double the figures either operating system has ever achieved on a single day.

Mobile phone consultancy Distimo has also contributed to the festive figures, reporting that the UK’s favourite apps to download this December include popular free downloads such as Skype, Facebook, BBC iPlayer, and the addictive Angry Birds game. Popular from iTunes was the free 12 Days of Christmas app, which offered iPhone owners free music, videos, and even books for each day leading up to Christmas itself. It comes as no surprise that the most popular apps don’t cost a penny: after spending however much on the phone itself, owners and parents probably didn’t want to part with any more cash!

Flurry staff members Peter Farago has commented on the huge surge in smartphone sales this Christmas; “This year was insane,” he said, “We’ve seen holiday spikes like this in the last few Christmases. But the spike keeps getting bigger. The surprise was that the pop was so big, which means there has been a pent-up demand.” This bears an interesting implication; it suggests that people are finding it more difficult to justify spending money on an expensive smartphone unless it is a special occasion, waiting until Christmas to make that luxurious purchase.