The idea is that they have taken the existing Galaxy Tab family of Android tablets and added in the S Pen functionality introduced in the Galaxy Note phablet. The net result is a 10.1-inch tablet with a stylus… oh sorry, they don’t like calling it a stylus. You get the “S Pen” functions, which make it easier to take notes, edit photos, doodle, and more. Samsung has also added some of the features that we saw more recently in the Galaxy S III superphone, like Smart Stay.
Running through the specs, we find a Samsung Exynos 4 Quad 1.4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of storage, a 1280×800 dual-digitizer display, full 1080p video playback, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, GPS, Bluetooth 4, USB 2.0 host, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and a 7100mAh battery. There are versions with just Wi-Fi or with Wi-Fi and HSPA+; the LTE-enabled version will follow shortly. Adobe PhotoShop Touch is in there, along with a suite of Samsung apps like S Note, S Planner, Samsung AllShare Play, and Samsung Hub.
One new feature that definitely caught my eye is the multiscreen. You can split that 10.1-inch screen in half and run two apps in parallel. This is somewhat similar to the “mini” apps I have on the Sony Tablet S, except it looks like you can two “real” apps running side-by-side for true multitasking.
Check out the introductory video from Samsung below for more information, as well as the full press release below that. Samsung hasn’t indicated any pricing, but I’d expect it to sell for about the same as other 10-inch Android tablets, starting at about $400-500 and going up from there. The versions with just Wi-Fi and the version with Wi-Fi and HSPA+ will launch first–later this month–followed by the LTE model by year’s end.