Samsung provides extra scribbling space with announcement of Galaxy Note 10.1
By Emily Price
February 27, 2012
Those looking for a little more screen real estate to scribble on than offered by the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note now have the Galaxy Note 10.1. Unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is a little more powerful than Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 thanks to a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor vs the Tab's 1 GHz. It also has a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera to the Tab 2's VGA snapper, and tops out storage-wise at 64 GB - double that of the Tab 2's maximum 32 GB storage capacity. It is also both slightly thinner and lighter than the newest Galaxy Tab.
Although it is sold separately, the S Pen is the Note's real stand-out feature. It is optimized to work along with the device's built-in applications including S Planner Calendar and S Planner Notes, as well as the Android version of Adobe's Photoshop Touch app, which comes bundled with the tablet as well. The pen was redesigned to work with the Note 10.1, and the tablet is more pressure-sensitive than its pint-sized brother and now features a virtual eraser, allowing users to do a little more with it than they can on the smaller Note. Samsung is looking to address the lack of third-party apps with S Pen support through the release of an official SDK.
Another stand-out feature of the Note 10.1 is its split-screen view, a feature that allows users some true multitasking with the ability to view two applications on the tablet's 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 pixel display at once. For instance, you could have a video streaming on one side of the screen while taking notes in S Note on the other.
Pricing and release information for the Galaxy Note 10.1 is yet to be announced.