Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 coming soon
The wait for Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is finally over.
The device, which was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, will be "available globally" this month, Samsung announced on Monday. Initially, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available in Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi plus 3G HSPA+ options, but Samsung promised to bring a Wi-Fi plus LTE version to market later this year.
The company did not specify an exact release date or how much it will cost. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is essentially a cross between Samsung's 10-inch tablet and its stylus-packing "phablet," the Galaxy Note. The tablet boasts a 10.1-inch screen and comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus, which lets users "write" on the screen. It will arrive running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and packs a 1.4-GHz quad-core processor alongside 2GB of RAM. It has a 5-megapixel camera on the back as well as a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
"The Galaxy Note 10.1 offers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display, which will enable people to amplify their creativity, productivity, and learning ability," Samsung said in a news release.
To make use of the stylus, the tablet comes pre-loaded with Samsung's S Note app for note-taking and sketching, as well as Adobe Photoshop Touch, which lets users edit photos with the S Pen. On the multitasking front, the device lets users view two different apps side-by-side. It also boasts Smart Stay, a feature that tracks the owner's eyes to ensure the screen stays on while it's being looked at, and Pop Up Play, which allows video to be viewed anywhere on the screen while running other tasks.
Meanwhile, Samsung will release the next generation of its Galaxy Note smartphone on Aug. 29 at its "Unpacked" event at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, a spokesperson confirmed to Reuters. The Galaxy Note II will feature a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, as well as a design inspired by the Galaxy S III, Samsung insiders confirmed to GSMArena in June.
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