Six months after it was first announced, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been officially launched today. The device went through too many changes and false launches, but finally today Samsung has revealed the official specs of the Note 10.1, as well as an approximate release date.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available starting this month globally, in three versions: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi plus HSPA+, and a Wi-Fi plus LTE version that will arrive a bit later in the year. While Samsung has failed to provide clear market breakdowns or pricing details, we expect that the price will be lower than the hefty $750 that online retailer Negri Electronics is asking for it. $400-$500 is more realistic, considering the competition and the general downward trend of the Android tablet market.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 will come with some fine specs, including a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz (same as the Galaxy S3) and 2GB of RAM. The most distinctive feature of the Note 10.1 is the S Pen stylus, which promises to turn the tablet into a capable digitizer. Users will be able to practice their talents on a 10.1-inch display running at 1280×800. Some have hoped for a more generous pixel count, but it appears that the Exynos 4 Quad chip inside the Note 10.1 can only drive displays of up to 1366 x 768. We’ll have to wait for Exynos 5 with T604 GPUs to enjoy higher resolutions.
Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB, expandable via microSD by up to 64GB
Display: 10.1-inch 1280×800 dual-digitizer
Cameras: 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, 1.9MP front camera
Video: full HD (1080p) playback
GPS: A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4, USB 2.0 host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL, Infrared, (HSPA+/LTE)
Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, light, gyroscope
Besides the great hardware specs, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with some unique software features, some of which were first introduced on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Among them, the most notable are:
S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner, My Story)
Multiscreen – split the screen in two, and run apps in parallel
Adobe Photoshop Touch
Shape Match, Formula Match
Samsung AllShare Play, AllShare Cast
Samsung Hubs – Music, Video, Game, Readers, Media (depending on market)
Check out the official introductory video to learn more about the unique software features of the Galaxy Note 10.1
In the light of today’s announcement, it’s likely that Samsung will use the August 15 event to stage a North American launch for the Galaxy Note 10.1
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SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 AVAILABLE GLOBALLY IN AUGUST
Samsung inspires a culture of active content creation, productivity and learning
London UK, August 6 2012 – Samsung today announced the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1, an extension of the Galaxy Note category. The Galaxy Note 10.1 offers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display, which will enable people to amplify their creativity, productivity, and learning ability.
Providing an intuitive experience and armed with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM for enhanced performance, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed to simplify the process of capturing ideas, accessing information and multi-tasking, making each easier and faster and allowing people to express their ideas in an efficient way.
Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “Following the success of the very first Galaxy Note which we launched at the end of last year, we’re delighted that our UK customers will now be able to experience the evolution of this device for themselves. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a product we are very excited about and will offer our customers a new way to use and experience a tablet device. As well as being able to consume content such as videos, photos, document and the Internet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also gives them the power to produce, create and customise that same content – something they won’t get from any other product on the market.”
The Galaxy Note 10.1 incorporates key intuitive features and capabilities such as side-by-side multitasking. This is thanks to its ‘Multiscreen’ on a 10.1-inch large screen; unique S Pen with a variety of S Note templates and productive tools (Shape Match and Formula Match); Learning Hub* for accessing educational curricula and Adobe’s premium creative application Photoshop® Touch.
True Multi-Tasking with Multiscreen feature
With the Galaxy Note 10.1′s Multiscreen feature, it’s possible to use two different applications side-by-side simultaneously. So Web pages and videos can be viewed, or applications launched using one half of the screen, at the same time as the other half is used for writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen. What’s more, customers can capture and crop images, and paste them onto the other screen to make personal notes. The Multiscreen feature allows people to be more productive and efficient whilst also enjoying multimedia content. Galaxy Note 10.1 brings a new culture of creation through the owner’s own notes, and enables an entirely new experience to improve productivity and enjoyment.
S Pen & S Note for Personalised and Organised Note-taking
Featuring its advanced 6.5mm S Pen, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is optimised for the creation of personalised and expressive content in the most natural and intuitive way. The S Pen’s feel and functionality are specifically designed for an optimal experience on the 10.1-inch screen. The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and, when removed, automatically launches specially optimised applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch, and Polaris Office.
Alternatively, people can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly. For example, S Note can be launched instantly when the S Pen is taken out from the device. Owners can also tap the screen twice while pressing the S Pen button for quick S Note access via the S Note-dedicated widget, which can be easily moved anywhere on the display, never hindering or obstructing creativity or productivity.
The S Note is a unique tool that enables notes and sketches to be combined with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. The Shape Match and Formula Match features help correct and digitise geometric shapes and solve numeric formulas hand-written with the S Pen. The S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that content can be searched for and information obtained, and then easily drag and dropped onto S Notes without having to switch between screens. Exclusively pre-loaded on Galaxy Note 10.1, the Adobe® Photoshop® Touch application means owners can professionally edit photos with the ease and precision of the S Pen.
Active Learning Experience The Galaxy Note 10.1 is an ideal learning tool that allows students to take notes directly on an eTextbook whilst in lectures, or research the Web at the same time as writing an essay. Samsung’s Learning Hub service is optimised for Galaxy Note 10.1 allowing owners to access extensive multimedia educational content whatever their age. This content includes eTextbooks, video lectures, interactive coaching and much more, and can be shared with multiple Samsung devices. Furthermore, Learning Hub comes with a learning management system providing schedule management and performance and achievement management tools so students of any age can learn at their own pace.
Superior Hardware Performance Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed with advanced hardware technology, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. Seamless multi-tasking, high-standard graphics, and blazing-fast performance without any lag are essential features of the device. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes a 5- megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.
Several other features have been added to the Galaxy Note 10.1, including Smart Stay, which tracks the owner’s eye to ensure that the screen is always on while being looked at; and Pop Up Play, which allows a video to be watched anywhere on the screen while simultaneously running other tasks. With AllShare® Play, content can be shared with a large group in real-time by connecting the Galaxy Note 10.1 to Samsung HD TVs, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network. With AllShare Group Cast, people can also share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or images without loading the files separately.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes in three connectivity options: WiFi-only and WiFi-and-3G HSPA-Plus connectivity, which are both available at launch, and WiFi-and-LTE which will be available later this year.