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Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Tablet Announced

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to people who have been following Samsung’s developments in the last couple of years, but here it is. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been officially announced and it’s exactly what you think it is.

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.

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Samsung Inspires a Culture of Active Content Creation, Productivity, and Learning

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 becomes available globally starting in August

SEOUL, August 6 2012 Samsung announced today the launch of GALAXY Note 10.1, an extension of the GALAXY Note category. GALAXY Note 10.1 is outfitted with the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display, providing endless possibilities to elevate a users creativity, productivity and learning abilities. Featuring an intuitive user experience and armed with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM for enhanced performance, GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed to simplify idea capture, information access, and multi-tasking, making each easier and faster. GALAXY Note 10.1 allows users to express their ideas naturally and efficiently.

GALAXY Note 10.1 further demonstrates Samsungs dedication to delivering products that offer a complete mobile experience for creating personalized and expressive content, said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. History has shown that taking notes, capturing ideas immediately, and sketching to realize them is the most personal and natural way to be more productive and creative. The advanced technology and features included in GALAXY Note 10.1 give users the power to produce, create and customize communications.

GALAXY Note 10.1 incorporates key intuitive features and capabilities such as side-by-side multitasking with the devices Multiscreen feature on a 10.1-inch large screen; Samsungs unique S Pen experiences including a variety of S Note templates and productive tools (Shape Match and Formula Match); Learning Hub for accessing educational curricula (Learning Hub is currently available in Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China and Singapore, and will gradually roll-out to other global markets) and Adobes premium creative application Photoshop Touch.

True Multi-Tasking with Multiscreen Feature

With GALAXY Note 10.1s Multiscreen feature, users can effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can view Web pages or videos, or launch other applications while writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen on the other half of the screen. Furthermore, users can freely capture and crop images, and paste them onto the other screen to make personal notes and enhance their creativity, productivity and learning abilities. The Multiscreen feature increases productivity and efficiency while users are enjoying multimedia content. GALAXY Note 10.1 brings a new culture of creation through the users own notes, and enables an entirely new experience to improve productivity and enjoyment.

S Pen & S Note for Personalized and Organized Note-taking

Featuring its advanced 6.5mm S Pen, GALAXY Note 10.1 is optimized for the creation of personalized and expressive content in the most natural and intuitive way. The S Pens feel and functionality are specifically designed for an optimal experience on the 10.1-inch screen. The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and, when removed, automatically launches specially-optimized applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch, and Polaris Office. Alternatively, users can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly. For example, S Note can be launched instantly when a user takes the S Pen out from the device. Users can also tap the screen twice while pressing the S Pen button for quick S Note access via the S Note-dedicated widget, which can be easily moved anywhere on the display, never hindering or obstructing creativity or productivity.

The S Note is a unique tool that gives users the ability to combine notes and sketches with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. The Shape Match and Formula Match features help correct and digitize geometric shapes and solve numeric formulas hand-written with the S Pen. The S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that users can search for content, obtain information, and easily drag and drop content onto S Notes without having to switch between screens. Exclusively pre-loaded on GALAXY Note 10.1, the Adobe Photoshop Touch application allows users to professionally edit photos with the ease and precision of the S Pen.

Active Learning Experience

GALAXY Note 10.1 is an ideal learning tool that allows users to take notes directly on an eTextbook while watching lectures, or research the Web while writing an essay at the same time. Samsungs Learning Hub service is optimized for GALAXY Note 10.1, allowing users to access extensive multimedia educational content for all ages. The content includes eTextbooks, video lectures, interactive coaching and much more, and can be shared with multiple Samsung devices. Furthermore, Learning Hub features a learning management system that provides schedule and performance management tools for users of all age-groups to enjoy learning at their own pace.

In Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China and Singapore, Learning Hub service is available at the time of the launch of GALAXY Note 10.1. Learning Hub will be downloadable via Samsung Apps in more than 20 countries by the end of 2012.

Superior Hardware Performance

GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed with advanced hardware technology, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. Seamless multi-tasking, high-standard graphics, and blazing-fast performance without any lag are essential features of GALAXY Note 10.1. The device also includes a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

Several other features have been added to GALAXY Note 10.1 including Smart Stay, which tracks the users eyes to ensure that the screen is always on while being looked at, and Pop Up Play, which allows the user to watch a video anywhere on their screen while simultaneously running other tasks. With AllShare Play, users can share content with a large group in real-time by connecting GALAXY Note 10.1 to Samsung HD TVs, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network. With AllShare Group Cast, users can also share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or images without loading the files separately.


GALAXY Note 10.1 comes in three connectivity options: a WiFi-only version, a WiFi-and-3G HSPA-Plus connectivity version at launch, and a WiFi-and-LTE version later this year. GALAXY Note 10.1 is available in Korea, Germany, the US and the UK while it will gradually roll-out to other global markets starting in August.
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