A smaller, 7.7-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is currently in the works (Photo : Samsung)
Samsung officially announced and revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet on August 15, stating that the device will be available for purchase in the United States on August 16. The ten-inch tablet comes mid-trial, as Samsung's horns are locked in with Apple's over patent disputes.
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Samsung's newest tablet will start at $499 for the 16GB model and go up to $549 for the 32GB version. It will come in white and a dark gray and will be sold at retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Fry's Electronics.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Expect Samsung to come out with a Jelly Bean update in the not-too-distant future. It also features a five-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. It will also come preloaded with
The Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is a ten-inch tablet that will compete head to head with the Apple iPad. Other than the obvious anything vs. Apple, and Android vs. iOS comparisons, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will feature something the Apple iPad doesn't have - a stylus.
Dubbed the S pen, the stylus has a neat dock in the Galaxy Note 10.1. When removed, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will automatically pull up an optimized S pen taskbar for easy access to important related apps. This adds another level of interaction, and as evidenced by the good reception for the Samsung Galaxy Note, there is a market out there with people who find this a welcome addition.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is essentially a bigger version of its smaller cousin, the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note came with a 5.3-inch screen and was also a phone - something the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn't.
Instead, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is a ten-inch tablet that will compete head to head with the Apple iPad, which also starts at $499. The Galaxy Note 10.1 looks like a solid tablet for those looking for a 10-inch Android tablet instead of an iOS tablet, but we will have to wait until consumer comments start trickling after August 16 to see how the device really holds up.
Samsung showcase the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, a 5.5-inch smartphone successor to the original Galaxy Note, at an event on August 29.