Korean juggernaut Samsung has now officially launched its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, with the device set to become available later in August.
ITProPortal first got its hands on the Note back in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but Samsung has thrown in a few welcome updates for its “worldwide” launch later this month. Most notably it’s had a power-up. We were dabbling with a more humble dual-core processor device in Barca whereas the Note will hit shelves with a high-octane 1.4Hz quad-core engine. 2GB of RAM has also been added for good measure.
One of the Note’s key selling points is its S Pen, as Samsung leans heavily on the creative and productivity elements of the tablet. The 6.5mm pen is allied with the S Note application that launches instantly when the pen is removed from the tab or when the user double-taps the nib on the display. S Note facilitates note taking and drawing in ready-to-use templates, and this can be used simultaneously alongside other apps thanks to the tablet’s multi-screen feature that splits the screen, enabling some multi-tasking.
“History has shown that taking notes, capturing ideas immediately, and sketching to realise them is the most personal and natural way to be more productive and creative,” Samsung tells us. “The advanced technology and features included in Galaxy Note 10.1 give users the power to produce, create and customise communications.”
Other specs worth a mention include its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 5-megapixel (rear) and 1.9-megapixel (front) cameras, and 1280x800 resolution display measuring 10.1in - which you probably deciphered from its name in fairness. A 3G HSPA+ with Wi-Fi, and a Wi-Fi-only version will be available - as will an LTE supported device later on - though prices and actual release dates have yet to be confirmed, leaving us with just that “August” launch for now. At least it’s imminent.
Samsung has released a video of the Galaxy Note 10.1 in action, though this kind of company-made run-through can show a device operating in a simulated, not so true-to-life manner. Thus, you can compare it to our hands-on with the tablet back in February just below. Yes, our one had a dual-core rather than quad-core processor, but you may get a better idea of how the Note behaves in the hands of a mere mortal who’s not trying to sell the thing.