Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to hit the UK soon

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to hit the UK soon

Summary: This month, Samsung will launch a 10.1-inch tablet that uses the same S Pen stylus found on its hybrid phone device, the Galaxy Note

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Samsung plans to launch a full-fat tablet follow-up to its Samsung Galaxy Note hybrid phone-tablet device, but it will replace the 5.3-inch display with a 10.1-inch touchscreen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note 10.1 — which also bears more than a passing resemblance to the company's existing Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets — has been confirmed as destined for release "globally in August". Samsung did not specify the exact date the device would go on sale in different markets.

While the Note 10.1 looks similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and obviously has the same-sized display, it comes with the addition of the 'S Pen' stylus for quick notes or sketches, also found in the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note handset.

"The Galaxy Note 10.1... 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," Simon Stafford, who heads the telecommunications and networks division at Samsung UK and Ireland, said in a statement on Monday.

The device will arrive running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android (4.0). Samsung hinted. However, it did not say whether it will bring the newer Jelly Bean version of Android to the tablet in the future.

"The rollout of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, has started with Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ and Nexus S devices. We will announce updates to the rest of our Galaxy portfolio of devices in due course," a Samsung spokeswoman told ZDNet.

First seen at Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, the Galaxy Note 10.1 packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, giving it some of the best hardware specs of any Android tablet.

Also unlike most other tablets, the device will support multiple tasks on one screen, displaying each side-by-side. For example, it is possible to browse the web or watch a video while taking notes or drawing a picture in the other half of the screen using the S Pen.

The S Pen is housed in its own dedicated slot and, when removed, activates apps specifically designed to make use of the input. For example, it will launch the S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch or Polaris Office applications.

The device has also borrowed some features from its range-topping smartphone sibling, the Galaxy S III. Examples are the Smart Stay feature, which detects when a user is looking at the screen and prevents it from switching off, and the AllShare Play or AllShare Group Cast features, for sharing content and documents.

Other hardware features include a 1.9-megapixel forward-facing camera for video calling and another 5-megapixel camera on the rear. The tablet will be available in 16, 32 or 64GB variants; it will also support microSD storage expansion up to an additional 64GB.

Initially, the device will be available in Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi plus HSPA+ options, but Samsung said it will also be bringing a Wi-Fi plus LTE version to market at an unspecified later date.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Mobile OS, Samsung

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  • Why two?

    I don't see the sense in having two separate tablets that does basically the same thing - the 10.1" Note and the 10.1" Galaxy Tab 2. Granted the Note have S Pen feature but is that really enough of a reason to create two separate devices? Just creating more confusion in the market.

    And I am shock. Samsung designed a tablet that doesn't look like an iPad and it actually look decent? I was told (by Samsung, fans) that there's only one way to design around a black slab of glass that Apple patented.
    dave95.
    • Why not two?

      I would get it, because it's a quad core and double the memory. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was always slow and awkward to work with. I didn't like it. Happy with my Xoom still (even better once it gets JB) but if I had the money to spend, I'd look into this. Probably going to get the Nexus 7 simply because its so cheap and 7" would be better in some situations for me (that's what she said.) Nonetheless, I love Android and I get giddy when I see new Android devices come out :)
      jaydg
  • clear differene between the P5100 and the N8000

    The TAB 2 is just dual core 1Ghz 10.1 tab simple efficient tablet cheaper to to make for the competing market.

    The Note 10.1 (N8000) is the higher end Tablet to compete the higher end tabs on the market and running on a 1.4GHZ Quad core CPU not to mention a proper GPU aswell plus it has a pen tool function built for design thus photohop touch is pre installed.

    Itsa clear difference but if you just want a tab and dont care about the higher specs and S Spen then the P5100 tab 2 10.1 is the tablet for you... samsung range wise..
    Marc Cognet
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet

    Finally the tablet that can be productive all around not just a toy. I'll wait for 3G/LTE model.
    pamandua2@...
  • ...means nothing.

    Hi tech specs means nothing on Android devices.
    How can Apple have an iPhone 4 running at 800Mhz seems to be faster than a slew of Android phones running 1.2GHz?
    Apple always sell old tech with new software (thats how they make their money) so clearly, its the efficency of the 'software' (OS if you like) that determines the speed of the device.

    The iPad 3 (or New iPad) has the same CPU rating as the iPad 2 only with a faster GPU chip.
    cootified
    • ghz dont mean anything

      nowadays the clock speed says very little about the chip
      SteelSlasher
  • JB Upgrade? Don't count on it.

    Before people get all excited about Samsung saying the Note will be upgraded to Jelly Bean they may want to do some Google searches on Samsung's promise to upgrade their last round of tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich. Five months after Motorola updated their WiFi XOOM to ICS most Galaxy Tab owners are still waiting for the update Samsung promised "soon" last March. And don't let them tell you it is a carrier issue - I've got a WiFi only and I'm stuck TWO Android versions back. The company is great on promises when they want you to buy something new - they are deplorable when it comes to meeting their commitments after they have your money.
    paultarlow