When it was first seen live at Mobile World Congress, it lacked a few key elements that put many people off from loving it. Hence the delay in its original launch. One of the single largest complaints was the lack of a slot to stick your S-Pen when not using, like on the Galaxy Note phone. Samsung went back and fixed that in the design though. Spec wise you will be getting a choice of memory sizes including 16GB, 32GB and 64GB right along with an expandable memory card slot with support for up to another 64GB of storage. All sizes will offer a quad-core Exynos processor at 1.4GHz and a bump to 2GB of RAM. The screen resolution isn’t groundbreaking as it is only 1280 x 800. The big selling point isn’t HD videos and gaming though. Aiming more at the business class ans student users who need to be productive as well. That doesn’t mean that a person who can see the potential of the Note 10.1 won’t want to pick one up. Oh, and of course it will be launching with Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 and not Jelly Bean 4.1. Hopefully Samsung will have an update to them before too long. We would guess sometime in Q4 though.
The press release ‘notes’ the new Galaxy Note 10.1 will be first available in the U.S., UK, Korea and Germany with other markets receiving the device throughout August. It looks like this will be landing in a Wi-Fi and 3g/HSPA+ variants first, with mention of LTE versions coming later this year.
Full Specs for the Galaxy Note 10.1
- HSPA+21-Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
- Quad Band 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
- 255.8mm (10.1”) WXGA(1280×800) LCD + Digitizer
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
- Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera
- Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
- Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
- Full HD(1080p) Playback & HD Recording
- Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC＋, eAAC＋, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
- Music Player with SoundAlive
- 3.5mm Ear Jack
S Pen Optimized Features
- S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner, My Story) – (more S Pen optimized apps are available via Samsung Apps)
- Adobe® Photoshop® Touch
- Shape Match, Formula Match
- Polaris Office
- Samsung AllShare Play / Samsung AllShare Cast
- Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
Content Features & Services
- Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
- Samsung Apps
- Samsung Hub
- Music Hub / Game Hub
- Learning Hub / Readers Hub / Video Hub / Media Hub (US only)
(Availability of Learning Hub and Video Hub are limited by market.
Readers Hub will be available to download from Samsung Apps later this year)
- Samsung S Suggest
- Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
- Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
- Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
- Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
- Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads
- Exchange ActiveSync
- On-Device Encryption
- Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
- Juniper Junos Pulse VPN
- A-GPS(3G version)
- S-GPS(WiFi version)
- Bluetooth technology v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support)
- USB 2.0 Host
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
- mHL, 3.5mm, IR LED(Smart Remote: Universal Remote Control)
- Digital compass
- 2GB (RAM)
- 16/32/64GB User memory
- microSD (up to 64GB)
- 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm, 600g (3G), 597g (WiFi)
- Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh
Check out the press release while you are at it. What do you guys think? Are you gonna be keeping your eye on this and be picking one up?
Samsung Inspires a Culture of Active Content Creation, Productivity, and Learning
August 6, 2012
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 user’s 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 Samsung’s 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 device’s Multiscreen feature on a 10.1-inch large screen; Samsung’s 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 Adobe’s premium creative application Photoshop® Touch.
True Multi-Tasking with Multiscreen Feature
With GALAXY Note 10.1’s 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 user’s 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 Pen’s 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. Samsung’s 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 user’s 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.
Specs courtesy of Androidpolice