Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

While Samsung's Galaxy Note "phabet" straddles both the tablet and smartphone space, its upcoming sequel, a 10.1-inch model toting a similar S-Pen stylus, is unambiguously a tablet. Announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 cannot make phone calls. With its large form factor, we don't believe that was even being considered. Here's what you can expect from this Android 4.0 tablet.

For the Galaxy Note 10.1, it's all about the stylus or the S-Pen as the company calls it. The stylus on this tablet is thicker and appears more comfortable than the version on the original Note. However, either stylus will work on both Note devices, as they are based on Wacom's technology.
Samsung's custom S Note app, designed to take advantage of this input method, has been improved with a Formula Match feature that the company claims is better at recognizing and converting handwritten formulas. This makes it even more useful for students as a learning tool. The company has also supplemented its own apps by preloading copies of Adobe's Photoshop Touch and Ideas apps that have been optimized for the stylus.

Of course, the biggest difference from the 5.3-inch Note is simply the screen size--the larger canvas is so much more conducive for pen inputs, be it an idle doodle or taking notes at a meeting.

While the Note 10.1 was announced with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, it is reportedly getting an upgrade to a more powerful 1.5GHz quad-core version. If this happens, it would ensure that the Note is competitive with Apple's latest iPad, which despite having a dual-core processor, has doubled its graphics hardware.

The tablet comes with the latest version of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) installed, though with Samsung's TouchWiz interface on top, less tech-savvy users may not even notice the difference. 
There's no slot on the Note 10.1 for the stylus. Yes, you heard us right. Despite the fact that even the original Note made space for storing the pen, there's no allowance for that on the 10.1-inch model. It means that users will have to buy a separate case to store the pen or risk losing it.
With the Apple iPad and other upcoming tablets sporting high-resolution displays, the 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution on the Note 10.1 may appear inadequate. Samsung is also using a PLS LCD screen on the Note that has a lower contrast ratio than the Super AMOLED Plus display found on its Galaxy Tab 7.7.

The Note's hardware is fairly typical for a 10.1-inch tablet. There's a front 2-megapixel camera and a 3-megapixel version at the back. 3G and Wi-Fi options are available and the maximum amount of onboard storage is 64GB. You could say that the stylus is the main difference between this device and other slates. In fact, at 8.9mm thick and weighing 583g, this tablet is a slight step backward from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 when it comes to being slim and lightweight.
Besides the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung has a similar Android 4.0 tablet in the form of the upcoming Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-inch), which is also available as a 7-inch version. We aren't sure that offering that many variants is a good move--there's a case to be made that Apple's streamlined product lineup is a reason for its success. On the other hand, the success of the original Galaxy Note may help convince consumers that they need a stylus and that the larger Note is the best (and one of the few) options out there.
Samsung hasn't revealed the pricing for the Galaxy Note 10.1 yet, but if the 10.1-inch Tab 2 does start at US$399 as rumored, we'd expect the Note to cost even more, especially with its stylus, preloaded apps and possibly better processor.

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Source Form CNET

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