Samsung's Galaxy Note II isn't the only Android device that's been circulating in the rumor mills. The Galaxy Note 10.1 was rumored about until we finally got details from the company itself, including a video showing off the upcoming tablet. Anyways, we've finally got an official launch date which will be August 16th.
Priced very competitively, the 16GB version is $499 with the 32GB version running $549 and both will be available in white or gray. For those wanting 3G and/or 4G LTE, you're going to have to wait. Right now, both versions are only available in Wi-Fi only. Here's the specs:
- 10.1 inch Super Plus LCD display at 1280x800
- 1.4GHZ Exynos quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16 or 32GB internal storage with microSD card slot
- 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, MHL, IR LED
- S-Pen technology
- 7,000mAh battery
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
An update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is scheduled to arrive later this year. Specs are quite nice and this tablet is definitely appealing more to designers. For example, the S-Pen technology allows for very smooth and fluid motion with the stylus that's included. In total, there are a whopping 1,024 levels of sensitivity. Adobe Photoshop Touch which is usually $9.99, comes preloaded and is supposed to work great with the S-Pen. With Photoshop Touch, customers will also get 2GB of free storage on Adobe Creative Cloud.
Polaris Office, a suite which includes word processing, spreadsheet, and powerpoint programs, is also preloaded. Another great addition to the tablet is the Samsung Smart Remote which, utilizing the IR LED, allows users to turn their tablet into a universal remote.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes some newer features, especially one that debuted in the Galaxy S III. Using the front-facing camera, if it detects a user is in front of the tablet, it will not go into standby mode. With AllShare Play, content can be shared in real-time with other Samsung devices connected to the same network, and Group Cast allows for real-time collaboration on documents, images, etc.
Lastly, thanks to a nice little partnership, all customers will get a generous 50GB of free storage through DropBox for two years. All in all, the Galaxy Note 10.1 looks to stack up quite nicely. With solid specs and some very appealing functionality to designers (and of course non designers), it's a big improvement from the Galaxy Tabs we used to know.