Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hands-On with Pen Demo

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28 Feb, 2012 8:30 am

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There were a few rumors before Mobile World Congress about Samsung releasing a 10-inch tablet with S Pen support. Today we finally see that the rumors were absolutely true.

The specs for this device aren’t too surprising; they’re actually pretty similar in general to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 refresh. However, the Galaxy Note of course has different screen technology to support the S Pen. It has a slight bump in processor speed compared to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, a better front camera, and has an additional 64 GB version available. But it does have the front-facing stereo speakers similar to the Tab 2 10.1, as well as the always-welcome microSD card slot.

Galaxy Note 10.1 Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Screen 10.1-inch Super PLS display with Wacom Technology, 1280 x 800 10.1-inch PLS TFT display, 1280 x 800
Processor Dual-core, 1.4 GHz Dual-core, 1 GHz
RAM 1 GB 1 GB
Storage 16, 32, or 64 GB internal, with microSD slot 16 or 32 GB internal, with microSD slot
Cameras 2 MP front, 3 MP rear VGA front, 3 MP rear

Incidentally, Samsung has proclaimed, logically, that any of their devices that support the S Pen would have Note in their name, while the regular tablets would remain under the Galaxy Tab naming scheme.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is running Android 4.0 with TouchWiz. Interestingly, Sascha noticed that with the TouchWiz skin, the Note 10.1 looks more like it was running Honeycomb, but he confirmed in the settings that it was running Android 4.0.3.

In addition to S Note and other Samsung apps with S Pen support, the Note 10.1 also has Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas pre-loaded, so users can take full advantage of the S Pen. Unfortunately, unlike the original Galaxy Note, this tablet doesn’t have a built-in silo for the S Pen, so users will have to be careful not to lose the S Pen. It seems like an oversight on Samsung’s part, but I guess given the size of this S Pen, it would’ve been more difficult to fashion a silo for it without making the tablet thicker. It’s too bad the stylus can’t magnetically attach to the Note 10.1 somehow.

We have a quick hands-on video from Mobile World Congress below, including a quick look at the Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas apps.

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No word on pricing or release date yet, but it likely won’t be too long before we see this device on the shelves.

Source: Geeky Gadgets


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