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Samsung Confirms Galaxy Note 10.1 Launch for August

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Samsung today confirmed plans to launch a quad-core 10.1-inch Galaxy Note this month.

Despite straddling that awkward space between smartphone and tablet, Samsung's 5.3-inch Galaxy Note has been quite successful. Now the company is looking to add a 10-inch slate to the Galaxy Note line-up. Though the company already has a 10-inch tablet in the form of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Note adds a stylus to the mixture. Samsung UK today revealed that the Galaxy Note 10.1 would be available worldwide in August.

 

The Galaxy Note 10.1 packs a 10.1-inch WXGA 1280x800 LCD and digitizer, a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, a second 1.9-megapixel VT camera up front, Bluetooth 4.4, WiFi, 3G, USB 2.0, 16GB/32GB/64GB of storage space, MicroSD (up to 64GB), and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

"Following the success of the very first Galaxy Note which we launched at the end of last year, we're delighted that our UK customers will now be able to experience the evolution of this device for themselves," Simon Stanford, VP of Telecommunications and Networks Division at Samsung UK and Ireland, said.

"The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a product we are very excited about and will offer our customers a new way to use and experience a tablet device. As well as being able to consume content such as videos, photos, document and the Internet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also gives them the power to produce, create and customise that same content – something they won't get from any other product on the market."

Samsung didn't mention anything about the Galaxy Note 2, which is the follow-on to the Galaxy Note and is expected later this month.

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    jerm1027 , August 6, 2012 9:33 PM
    christarp"The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a product we are very excited about and will offer our customers a new way to use and experience a tablet device."With a stylus? That isn't new, that was the original way to do it. There's a reason they never caught on.What are you doing samsung?

    With all the mis-touches going on because of fat fingers, a stylus would actually be a good idea for accuracy, especially at that pixel density.

    While interesting, I'd be much more interested in the Galaxy Note 2. I need one of those bad boys! :D 
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    teh_chem , August 6, 2012 9:43 PM
    jerm1027With all the mis-touches going on because of fat fingers, a stylus would actually be a good idea for accuracy, especially at that pixel density.While interesting, I'd be much more interested in the Galaxy Note 2. I need one of those bad boys!

    1280x800 isn't really that high for a 10" tablet. The Asus TF101 has the same resolution, never had any issues with touch-recognition accuracy. And you can always pinch-to-zoom if necessary.

    A stylus is nice for hand-writing ability. But while I hate to agree with the late Steve Jobs, a stylus is a sucky thing to have to use with a portable device you're going to be holding with your hands.
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    bigdragon , August 6, 2012 10:15 PM
    I'm reading this thing supports 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and is expected to have an 8 to 10 hour battery life. This is great. What an upgrade from my Motion Computing LE1700. I've been looking for something a bit more modern to draw with. Preferably something that doesn't die after 45 minutes of battery!

    I am concerned about the screen and the painting/drawing/sketching apps available for Android. My LE1700 has horrible color shifting when viewed at the wrong angles. I wonder how the Note 10.1's display compares to an IPS display. I hope there is some art software available to take advantage of the stylus too. Anyone with information about that? I suppose I could get motivated to build my own app too if nothing sufficient exists.
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    funguseater , August 6, 2012 11:04 PM
    If you don't like the Stylus... THROW IT OUT, no one forces you to use it, but for things like sketching handwriting, note-taking it is great and should never have left (just because Jobs thought it was useless doesn't make it so, and apparently his pad must have weighed a ton if he needed two hands to hold it)

    I only wish they had used a screen like the one they make for apples Ipad
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    house70 , August 6, 2012 11:53 PM
    bigdragonI'm reading this thing supports 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and is expected to have an 8 to 10 hour battery life. This is great. What an upgrade from my Motion Computing LE1700. I've been looking for something a bit more modern to draw with. Preferably something that doesn't die after 45 minutes of battery!I am concerned about the screen and the painting/drawing/sketching apps available for Android. My LE1700 has horrible color shifting when viewed at the wrong angles. I wonder how the Note 10.1's display compares to an IPS display. I hope there is some art software available to take advantage of the stylus too. Anyone with information about that? I suppose I could get motivated to build my own app too if nothing sufficient exists.

    AFAIK, the Note comes with it's set of stylus-specific apps, and I see no reason why this one would not come with them, as well.
    As far as the screen is concerned, I guess you can always go in a store and try it out. I have not seen reviews so far, and I always take reviews with a grain of salt anyways.
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    house70 , August 6, 2012 11:55 PM
    teh_chem1280x800 isn't really that high for a 10" tablet. The Asus TF101 has the same resolution, never had any issues with touch-recognition accuracy. And you can always pinch-to-zoom if necessary.A stylus is nice for hand-writing ability. But while I hate to agree with the late Steve Jobs, a stylus is a sucky thing to have to use with a portable device you're going to be holding with your hands.

    The thing is, you don't HAVE to use it. Use the tablet as usual, but also have the stylus option handy in case it's needed.
    It's about choice, something that Jobs never understood or allowed for "his" devices.
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    tntom , August 7, 2012 1:15 AM
    I had several Palm devices and always wished they supported more finger input and didn't have those fragile soft plastic screens. When I got my Galaxy S it was great but I soon found many games and apps that would really have benefited from a stylus. The problem is that you can't see under your finger when it is on the screen. Capacitive touch is great for on-screen buttons and swiping gestures but when you are trying to connect lines to dots in games or build bridges in a physics game it is alot of frustration. Forget even wasting time in CAD. But a stylus makes that so much easier.

    I was really hoping for the introduction of at least a 1920x1080 AMOLED screen with the Note 10.1. I will wait another generation.
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    slrmichael , August 7, 2012 2:17 AM
    i am a fan of samsung, but just not their tablets. they usually don't run very smoothly and it doesn't seem to be too user-friendly.
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    Anonymous , August 7, 2012 10:03 AM
    Apparently it has 1024 levels of pen pressure! I'm looking to get this for digital plein airs, just waiting on reviews and price.
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    kawininjazx , August 7, 2012 1:39 PM
    I remember when touch screen phones first came out, I was so sick of the stylus. Now people want them back.
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    amdwilliam1985 , August 7, 2012 6:42 PM
    I believe there are valid cases for both touch and stylus inputs. Having both option would be great.

    Here's something I find useful with Galaxy Note, take a picture, use the stylus to draw on the picture and leave a message of some kind before sending it along with your friends. Yes, you can do it with finger, but it's not the same level as stylus. I'm sure you can find more uses for the stylus.

    Who knows, my next phone might be Note 2 or 3.
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    eddieroolz , August 8, 2012 9:00 PM
    Android tablets have not exactly taken off, so good luck to Samsung.