Samsung has been really busy fighting patent infringement lawsuits from Apple, but amidst this furore, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has started appearing on online stores, such as Negri Electronics. Although there has been no official confirmation from Samsung about the date of launch of the device, there is indeed a Samsung event scheduled for 15th of August, during which a ‘Galaxy product’ is supposed to be revealed.
The online listings have revealed a lot of details about the Galaxy Note, alone with pictures. The form factor suggests that this device is a proper tablet, unlike its predecessor which was marketed as a phone, although it carries the same name. It packs the same powerful processor as the highly successful Samsung Galaxy SIII, that is, the 1.4 GHz quad-core Exonys processor. With 2 GB of RAM, the tablet will be capable of running the latest games smoothly on Ice Cream Sandwich. The tablet has a 5 megapixel camera at the back and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. The surprising fact is that the 10.1 inch screen is not full HD, which is a bit of a downer. The screen has a resolution of 1,280×800 and has the same pixel density as the previous Galaxy Note.
The device also features a stylus, just like its predecessor. The stylus is called S Pen, and is capable of recognizing the amount of pressure you apply while drawing. The tablet features a couple of supporting apps, through which you can experience the utility of the S Pen. As mentioned before, the device runs the 4.0 version of Android, i.e Ice Cream Sandwich. One welcome feature is the Multiscreen feature, which enables users to run multiple apps side by side on the tablet. For example, you can run the Google Chrome browser on one half of the screen and the S Pen app on another. Finally, although the Galaxy Note 10.1 is made to be a tablet and not a phone, you can still make calls and send text messages through it.
Overall, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an impressive device but whether it will be an iPad killer is another matter entirely. It is priced at $749.50, which is pretty high for a Samsung tablet that aspires to bring down the iPad. The lack of a HD screen is also going to affect the sales. Despite of all this, Samsung has come up with a unique product which will hopefully provide some challenge to the iPad dominion.