Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet gets UK release date

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet gets UK release date

Summary: The10.1-inch successor to the Galaxy Note phone-tablet hybrid will go on sale at Samsung's Stratford store in London first, the company has revealed

TOPICS: Mobility, Tablets

Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will go on sale in the UK on 16 August.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Image credit: Samsung

Last week, the Korean hardware maker said it was poised to release the device, a follow-up to the Galaxy Note phone-tablet hybrid. As a full-blown tablet, the second Note device comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen rather than the 5.3-inch display seen on its predecessor.

On Monday, Samsung said in a post to Twitter that buyers can pick up the Galaxy Note 10.1 at its store in the Westfield Centre in East London from Thursday.

Be one of the first to buy the New Note 10.1, only at at the Westfield Brand Store in Stratford from Thursday 16 August. “Note the New way”

— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) August 13, 2012

Samsung has not given any hint of pricing yet, though Expansys is listing the 16GB version at about £480 for delivery on 24 August. Online seller Mobicity is offering the same model at about £650 including VAT, but its stock is not built for the UK, according to a sales agent. By way of comparison, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sells for £300 on Samsung's online store.

The tablet, which resembles its Galaxy Tab 10.1 stablemates, comes with a stylus so users can make notes or drawings more easily. It is expected to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than the Jelly Bean 4.1 version of the OS already rolled out to some Samsung Nexus devices.

First unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM and two cameras, front and back. Buyers have a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB of storage built in.

On release, the tablet will connect via Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi plus HSPA+, though an LTE-capable model is slated to appear in the future.

Topics: Mobility, Tablets

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  • Wow hard to believe theyd find very many suckers at this point. Has word

    not spread to the UK yet about W8 tablets coming out Oct. 26th? Who would buy one of these trash android tablets at this point? And at such a ridiculous price to boot. What was samsung thinking? MWC was the tme to ship this.
    Johnny Vegas
    • reliable price info

      1. Of course these web-sites are very reliable and trusworthy when it comes to name the prices for devices that are not realease yet. 2. How much do you think W8 tablets will cost?
      • Lots of dumb people

        At almost every forum there are people that say they're just going to get a Windows 8 tablet instead but they're just being stupid. A Windows RT tablet will be in the same price range but a Windows 8 tablet will be in the $1000 range. Microsoft has explained this in pretty simple detail but three months from now there are going to be all these people whining about why they can't run their Windows software on the RT tablets. Idiots.
    • One word: Stylus

      The main point of the device is the stylus, for people who prefer working with something more precise and less likely to block their view of the screen than the ends of their fingers.

      Do any of the forthcoming W8 tablets have a stylus? If not, its not a proper comparison.
      If you want to compare a stylus-less W8 tablet against a 10-inch Samsung tablet, the proper comparison would be with the Galaxy Tab2 10.1, which is already in the shops, and is cheaper than the Note 10.1.

      Tablets and convertibles with styluses are traditionally more expensive, they tend to be aiming at the "pro" end of the market, at people who want the extra feature and are prepared to pay extra for it.

      I already have an old secondhand Lenovo Thinkpad tablet convertible which has been great for graphics, but which weighs a bit too much for easy notetaking. I'll probably be getting a Note 10.1 to replace a conventional "paper" clipboard, for writing notes, dealing with emails and general personal organiser duties ... provided that it doesn't cost //too// much more than a Tab2.
      Eric Baird
      • Professional device

        I agree with Eric - this is a serious tool and it's simply a business case decision whether to get it or not.
        Pen makes a really big difference to the way I work, whereas I know a lot of tablet users only consume content.
    • Jelly Bean arrives at the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1

      Jelly Bean arrives at the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1
  • money wasted !

    Looks cute, but who will buy a $500 tablet that can only run some kids stuff. Android tabs are not worth more than $150...
    • Of all the tablets this is the least like a toy

      Let's face it almost all the tablets are toys. People use it for very basic things or playing games. Nothing fancy. However this tablet with its SPen and the software bundled with it is probably the most capable tablet to ever come out. Hell, using the SPen with a tablet is more natural than even using a normal Wacom tablet since you're looking right at what you're drawing or writing on.
      I'm no student but I can't wait to take this to my meetings instead of a laptop or notepad. I can even plug it into the projectors in our meeting rooms and use it as a big whiteboard then instantly email everyone in the meeting, diagrams and all.
      • I've been able to do all these things on an iPad for years!

        I can even do them wirelessly with AirPlay.

        As for the stylus, there are hundreds available for iPads, 'though I'm not sure whether they are pressure sensitive.

        So what is it, precisely, that makes this a "serious tool" rather than a "toy"?
  • hell yea

    Neither one of you must be smart enough to figure out how to use one to its potential. That's OK. The world needs retards too. Ever since I got my first android tablet my PC got a lot less use full to the point a barely even turn it on. And its a beast of a PC. But back to the subject. As soon as these hit in the US I'll have one. There's nit much a android tablet can't do that a PC can. And this one in particular is more feature packed and specs beast then any before. I can't wait to have mine.
    • Indeed...

      since I bought the nexus 7 and then a bluetooth keyboard, I've done very little on my PC except stream flash content. The only thing I need the PC for is playing games and for the CAD programs that I need to use. Other then that the tablet does everything else and more conveniently, not to mention the significantly lower power usage of the tablet.

      Having said that with windows 8 around the corner, if I was to pay premium dollar for a tablet it would most certainly have W8 on it, NOT android. For a more budget orientated device though Android is fine.
      5th element
      • 2.5 months is around the corner?

        You guys do understand that when the first Windows 8 tablets come out, in over two months from now, the only ones in the $500 range will be WindowsRT. The full blown Windows 8 tablets will be in the $1000 range. Don't expect to be installing all your favorite Windows software on your Windows RT tablet.
        I'm getting this tablet because the SPen is the one thing I've been wanting in a tablet forever now and finally a company has implemented it with the proper hardware and software. I can't wait until it goes on sale!
        • Yes

          I know that RT tablets cannot run windows native programs, only W8 tablets can. The point is that a good inexpensive Android tablet like the N7 makes a lot of sense and can replace a lot of what you actually do on a PC.

          I see a W8 tablet as being what almost everyone really wants. A tablet that has a good touch screen interface, but can also switch to the classic desktop, run tiled windows and ultimately run proper windows applications. If you're in the market for a premium tablet and are prepared to spend the money, then this is what you will get as it is superior to any Android or iOS products in the flexibility and functionality that it should be able to offer.

          In a W8 tablet world what I don't see the point of are other premium tablets, that cost almost the same as the W8 tablet, that are running iOS or Android, or RT for that matter, why would you pay say $100-200 less perhaps for a device that's inherently crippled vs a W8 machine?

          I can see the point of an RT/droid/iOS product for significantly less then the W8 machine, but otherwise, why would you settle for anything less?
          5th element
  • They need to put Window 8 on this baby!

  • So let me get this right ..

    This tablet wont be usable as a 'phone?

    No way am I buying a Tablet until I can get a decently spec'd one that I can use as a 'phone via a b/t headset.

    Until that day I'll stick with my Samsung Galaxy.
    • If you need a Big Phone, get an iPad

      An iPad with a BlueTooth headset and VOIP makes a very nice phone. I know because I've used one.