Samsung releases Galaxy Note 10.1, targets iPad

Samsung released its latest Galaxy Note 10.1 today in United Kingdom, United States and South Korea. The new Galaxy Note is equipped with two distinguishing features of split screen mode for apps and a digital pen to make user input more convenient. Samsung believes that these two features will prove to be the game changers in international tablet market and will finally allow the Korean company to nullify Apple's iPad domination.


The split screen allows two applications to be used simultaneously on the same screen while the digital pen provides users with an alternative to clumsy screen keyboards as well as improving their ability to sketch and design on their tablets.


The new Galaxy Note is available in Wi-Fi only version priced at $499 for 16 GB model and $549 for 32 GB model in United States. Although, the 16 GB version is priced equal to that of Apple's 16 GB iPad but the 32 GB model will save $50 to the users if they choose Galaxy Note over iPad.


However, contrary to Samsung's ambitions, analysts believe that iPad's market share is too big to be captured by a split screen and pen. The reason being, users do not spend on tablets as much as they do on smart phones because smart phones tend to provide most of the functions that a tablet is designed for, and with rumors of Apple making a cheaper iPad, Galaxy Note may seem slightly over-priced.


Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 1.4 GHz clock speed quad-core processor,  5 megapixel rear camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, eye movement detector for smart standby and 2 GB of RAM.

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