Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: main features and August launch confirmed
We were introduced to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 back in February, where Samsung flaunted its latest products including their Galaxy Tab 2 lookalike, the Note 10.1. Samsung has now confirmed the Note 10.1 will be arriving in August and revealed more about some of the unique features it boasts.
What are the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1’s main features?
The recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 spends most of its time flaunting its white colour scheme on posters and advertising and to the untrained eye, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an identical piece of kit. The key difference linked to the Note name is the addition of a detachable stylus, which Samsung have dubbed, the S Pen. The S Pen in conjunction with the Note 10.1’s enhanced display allow for both multi touch finger-based input and S Pen stylus input.
The Note 10.1’s screen makes use of a Wacom engineered layer which can distinguish between 256 levels of pressure sensitivity for greater control an accuracy when drawing or writing with the S Pen. To make the most of this hardware enhancement, Samsung has also added S Note: an impressively capable note taking application which can distinguish between handwriting, mathematical formulas, shapes and sketches or artwork integrated to work throughout the user experience. Aside from the obvious addition of the S Pen functionality, there’s the latest hardware to grace a tablet too.
What specifications will the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 have?
- Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) LCD display with digitizer
- Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core CPU
- Graphics: Mali-400 GPU
- Memory: 2GB of RAM
- Storage: 16/32/64GB onboard with up to 64GB expandable via microSD
- Stylus: S Pen stylus with S Note application suite
- Sensors: Accelermoter, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope
- Camera: 5-megapixel rear with LED flash/1.9-megapixel front facing camera
- Connectivity: WiFi, mHL, Quad-band, HSPA+ (3G)
- Battery: Li-ion 7000 mAh
What operating system will the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 run?
The 10.1 is set to launch running Android Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.4, with a likely upgrade to Jelly Bean down the line. What’s more, Samsung has added TouchWiz 4.0, within which users will find the optimised S Pen apps and widgets as well as Samsung’s typical UI tweaks and changes.
What are the alternatives?
For those looking for both touchscreen and stylus input within an Android infrastructure, pickings are relatively slim, with the only notable (no pun intended) options being the current Samsung Galaxy Note, the HTC Flyer or in the iOS camp any Apple iPad with a separate capacitive stylus accessory. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is also set to arrive at IFA in the coming days.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 cost?
Until availability of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is released, pricing will likely remain under wraps too.
When will the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 launch?
An official launch event is scheduled to take place next Wednesday in New York to launch the Note 10.1 in style but availability in stores is scheduled for sometime this month.