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The long overdue Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is now official and due for a global rollout this month. First unveiled at Mobile World Congress back in February, the version that will hit store shelves is substantially reworked from what could be best described as an early prototype by comparison with the shipping model. The Galaxy Note 10.1 shown at CES did not have a slot for an S Pen, and only ran a dual-core processor. The Galaxy Note 10.1 that goes on sale this month will be powered by Samsung's quad-core Exynos 4112, matched with 2GB of RAM and comes with an integrated S Pen slot.
Other key specs include a 1280x800 PLS TFT display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, while the device will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In addition to a range of S Pen optimized apps, Samsung has also introduced side-by-side apps on the new Galaxy Note 10.1. This will allow users to, for example, open a web page next to the S Notes app and drag and drop between the two open windows. The S Pen apps also include automatic shape recognition and can also recognize hand written formulas and convert them to text as the video embedded below highlights.
As Samsung discovered with the unexpected success of the smaller Galaxy Note 5.3 predecessor, there is a market for tablets that use a purpose made digitized stylus. Although Apple has thus far eschewed a stylus for its market leading iPad, and despite having filed a patenton the technology, there has been a substantial third-party capacitive stylus market that is thriving around it. With Android tablet makers finding it difficult to convince buyers ahead of the iPad, Samsung may have finally hit on a formula for a more compelling Android alternative.
Official pricing for the Galaxy Note 10.1 has not been made available at this time, although it is thought that it will start from around $500.
Anyone else notice that it wasn't JUST the screens that were simulated? There was no one doing those activities, it was a picture of a hand that they moved around. It was a mock up. I have done enough of them over the years to recognize it. Talk about lame? No example of real world performance, no example of how well the handwriting is actually recognized, no idea what the screens will actually look like. It's one thing to show something in the best light, but it would be nice to actually see it in a real light.