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Samsung Launches Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet

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Samsung's new 10.1-inch Android tablet will be available as of Thursday, starting at $499 USD.

Samsung said that its new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will be available to purchase here in the States starting Thursday, August 16, at partners including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, HH Gregg, CDW, BrandSmart, Conn’s and Fry’s. The device will be available in choice of white or dark gray, and in 16 GB or 32 GB memory configurations, for $499 or $549 SRP, respectively.

The company made a big production out of Thursday's launch at a special event in New York City on Wednesday which included fashion designer Zac Posen and writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare's Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge and the forthcoming The Great Gatsby). Customers already in the NYC were able to purchase the new tablet at BBY's Union Square store on Wednesday starting at noon EST.

Given the recent wave of $199 tablets, and the upcoming next wave of similarly-priced tablets spanning Amazon's 2nd-genewration Kindle and Apple's rumored iPad Mini, it's hard to imagine consumers wanting to pay laptop prices for a tablet. But the specs seemingly speak for themselves: a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) LDC touchscreen with digitizer, a 5M rear-facing auto-focus camera and a front-facing 1.9MP VT camera.

As for other features, the new tablet sports 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for adding an additional 32 GB, 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel Bonding, Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 2.0 Host port, Full HD playback and recording, Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," support for the S Pen and more.

"Our goal with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was simple – redefine the tablet experience," said Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics America. "The S Pen offers both active content creation as well as passive content consumption, while the Multiscreen capability finally enables true multitasking. For the user, the resulting experience is completely new and quite unexpected."

One of the tablet's prominent features is its multiscreen feature: users can effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can also 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.

The company also claims the S Pen provides 1,024 levels of sensitivity, designed for natural and intuitive content creation. "The S Pen is embedded directly into a slot in the device and when removed, activates a taskbar with quick access to optimized S Pen apps such as S Note, Adobe Photoshop Touch and Polaris Office. Alternatively, users can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly," Samsung added.

In addition to the tablet, available accessories include replacement a S Pen, S Pen Holder Kit, Book Cover in Grey or White, Travel Charger, USB Connection Kit to allow usage of thumb drives or USB peripherals, HDMI adapter and Universal Desktop Dock.


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    amuffin , August 15, 2012 9:29 PM
    Is it just me or am I the only guy expecting Apple to use lawsuit.app on them?
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    killerclick , August 15, 2012 9:46 PM
    1280x800 for a new 10" tablet, that costs the same as the new iPad (and more than the similarly specced Transformer 300T), not such a good deal.
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    house70 , August 15, 2012 9:50 PM
    amuffinIs it just me or am I the only guy expecting Apple to use lawsuit.app on them?

    For this? Hardly any reason to. It's light-years ahead of the iPad's design, introduces the stylus for people that will prefer it and has a bunch of other improvements over any tablet on the market ATM.
    If/when my TF101 breaks down (which I don't foresee, given it's built like a tank), this will be my next purchase. This or Nexus 10, whichever comes around at that time.

    " it's hard to imagine consumers wanting to pay laptop prices for a tablet."
    People are already paying these prices for a tablet. This just happens to be a high-end one. If too expensive, spring for a mid or low-end one, or get a mid for a low price (Nexus7).
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    seanhallam , August 15, 2012 10:15 PM
    Wow, 2 gigs of RAM on a tablet. Nice job Samsung!
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    kronos_cornelius , August 15, 2012 10:18 PM
    Once somebody get it, please let me know how good is it as a notebook replacement device. I've been waiting for the tablet since Microsoft came out with the idea. Yes, this is around 2003. Microsoft did not have a good implementation. Apple does not have a good implementation. The Android tablets are good as consumption devices, but not really something I want.

    However, this table could be a game changer. It may be a good idea to wait for the next iteration. I want a higher resolution OLED screen. And lets be honest, it will take at least one year for the software to catch up with what the device can do. By that time the Galaxy Note 10.1 2 may be the better investment.

    I may not be able to wait though.

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    subaru41 , August 15, 2012 10:45 PM
    Sweet. Another iPad killer.

    I might pass on this tablet though, unless my work gives me one. I kind of thinking of going with the Galaxy Note 2 phone for awhile.
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    tomfreak , August 15, 2012 11:07 PM
    brace urself, Samsung, Apple is coming to u with ridiculous Lawsuit.
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    wemakeourfuture , August 15, 2012 11:23 PM
    Resolution is weak, there's cellphones at 4 inches with resolution comparable to this.

    iPad raised the bar for resolution on a ~10 tablet and this doesn't cut it.
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    ericburnby , August 15, 2012 11:50 PM
    People should read the reviews before claiming this is an iPad killer, lest you make yourselves look foolish.

    The verdict is in from several sites - this is not a good tablet. It's slow and laggy, it has cheap build quality and a sub-par screen. This is a POS compared to the iPad. And Samsung has the nerve to charge the same price.
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    teh_chem , August 15, 2012 11:56 PM
    kronos_corneliusOnce somebody get it, please let me know how good is it as a notebook replacement device. I've been waiting for the tablet since Microsoft came out with the idea. Yes, this is around 2003. Microsoft did not have a good implementation. Apple does not have a good implementation. The Android tablets are good as consumption devices, but not really something I want. However, this table could be a game changer. It may be a good idea to wait for the next iteration. I want a higher resolution OLED screen. And lets be honest, it will take at least one year for the software to catch up with what the device can do. By that time the Galaxy Note 10.1 2 may be the better investment. I may not be able to wait though.

    I would NEVER suggest using an android tablet for anything related to document-creation/productivity. General system stability and app stability pretty much entirely removes the option for productivity. I can't even count how many times Polaris Office has crashed on my TF (and I'm running the supplied OTA update OS's). The general productivity suites are half-solutions at best (don't get me started with Polaris Office's horrible spreadsheet program, and the entirely awkward methods they use to input data and functions).

    Seriously, if you are looking for a productivity-based tablet, your best bet is to wait out for a windows 8 tablet and hope it fits in your budget. If you're looking for a tablet to replace your notebook, it's going to be your best option. Android is great and all for entertainment devices, but they are a far cry from reliable productivity devices.
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    boiler1990 , August 16, 2012 12:32 AM
    Gizmodo didn't have nice things to say about this tablet, unfortunately. I was looking forward to it being a good note-taking device :( 
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    Thorfkin , August 16, 2012 12:49 AM
    You say you can't imagine someone paying $499 amidst all of the $199 tablets available on the market but I think you missed the key reason this tablet is worth the money. To my knowledge this is the only full sized tablet that officially supports use as a cell phone as well as an internet connected device. It's true that other devices on the market can use Google Talk to emulate cell phone functionality over the data network and some other tablets have the technical ability to operate as a cell phone if you put in a cell activated sim card in but as far as I know only the Galaxy Note 10.1 officially support standard cell network calling without modification. Throw in a decent Bluetooth headset and you can go from carrying two devices around with you to just one.
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    teh_chem , August 16, 2012 1:44 AM
    ThorfkinYou say you can't imagine someone paying $499 amidst all of the $199 tablets available on the market but I think you missed the key reason this tablet is worth the money. To my knowledge this is the only full sized tablet that officially supports use as a cell phone as well as an internet connected device. It's true that other devices on the market can use Google Talk to emulate cell phone functionality over the data network and some other tablets have the technical ability to operate as a cell phone if you put in a cell activated sim card in but as far as I know only the Galaxy Note 10.1 officially support standard cell network calling without modification. Throw in a decent Bluetooth headset and you can go from carrying two devices around with you to just one.


    The Note tablet does not have cell phone capabilities. See here: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/260914/samsung_launches_galaxy_note_tablet.html

    PCWorldAlthough named after the company's large S-Pen-based smartphone, Galaxy Note, the Samsung Note 10.1 has twice the screen size of the first Galaxy Note. Unlike the Galaxy Note, however, the Galaxy Note 10.1 does not have phone capabilities.
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    LordConrad , August 16, 2012 2:38 AM
    seanhallamWow, 2 gigs of RAM on a tablet. Nice job Samsung!

    To bad they screwed it with the screen resolution, this would have been an awesome tablet at 1920x1200. Of course then they would've had to include a faster SOC also.
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    tanjo , August 16, 2012 2:48 AM
    Is it goodbye to Wacom's cheap pen display?
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    darkavenger123 , August 16, 2012 4:48 AM
    wemakeourfutureResolution is weak, there's cellphones at 4 inches with resolution comparable to this.iPad raised the bar for resolution on a ~10 tablet and this doesn't cut it.

    Resolution is overated. In a 4 inch screen, you don't need hi-res. My SGS2 "only" 800 x 480...i don't see any problem or pixelly graphics. Retina display in a small screen is just another gimmick to troll iFools(tm).
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    darkavenger123 , August 16, 2012 4:51 AM
    And yeah, my 14" Lenovo lappy only 1368 x 768...so?? Looks good to me.
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    jwcalla , August 16, 2012 6:07 AM
    LordConradTo bad they screwed it with the screen resolution, this would have been an awesome tablet at 1920x1200. Of course then they would've had to include a faster SOC also.


    The high-res screen will be for their next Galaxy Tab release which should have the Exynos 5 SoC. This Note is focused more on the S-Pen / writing capabilities and that's the audience they're targeting.

    The Notes and Tabs are separate product lines for different functions.

    Apparently most of the tech reviewers on teh Internets don't realize this simple distinction.
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    bigdragon , August 16, 2012 4:06 PM
    I currently do a lot of art on a Motion Computing LE1700. I love doing digital art. The thing only has 45 minutes of battery life left in it though. I can't wait to get one of these Galaxy Note 10.1 devices. I'm really looking forward to that 8 hours of battery life. The screen resolution isn't as good as my LE1700, unfortunately, but hopefully the display won't have such terrible viewing angles.

    I've been trying to order one of these things since yesterday. Come on Newegg or Amazon! I want to buy one! I'll even overnight it to try and get it before the weekend. Doesn't look like it's going to happen though.
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    eddieroolz , August 17, 2012 12:02 AM
    For supposedly a large launch celebration, I didn't hear about this until today. Even then, the only thing I think of is "bleh".
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