In Scope: the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Alongside the Galaxy Gear and the Note 3, Samsung also unveiled its update of the latter’s big brother, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

And what a relief it was, as now the Note 10.1 can finally enter the big league of high-end smartphones and tablets that were once off-limits to it. Here, we provide you a quick glimpse and run-through of the Note family’s big boy. First up, we look at the specs.

Dimensions 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9mm
Weight 535g
Display 10.1-inch WQXGA Super clear LCD

(2560 x 1600 resolution)

Memory 16/32/64GB Internal

3GB of RAM

microSD expansion slot up to 64GB

Connectivity WLAN, Bluetooth

NFC, Infrared, USB 2.0

Camera 8MP, autofocus, LED flash primary camera

2MP secondary, front-facing camera

Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
CPU 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (LTE version)

1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa processor (3G/Wi-Fi version)

GPU Adreno 330
Battery Li-Ion 8220 mAh

Featuring the same leather-like back cover as the Note 3, the tablet is Samsung’s first high-res tablet offering in the market today. With a 10.1 inch display and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600, the Note 10.1 gives a respectable 299ppi pixel density, a huge improvement over its predecessor.

As the specifications detailed above, the new Note 10.1 should be very capable in the performance department, with either a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor or 1.9GHz octa-core processor running under the hood. The device also comes with a generous 3GB RAM.

Something worth mentioning in the overall design philosophy of the Note 10.1 are the physical + touch Android keys situated at tablet’s bezel, directly below the display when used in horizontal orientation. These additions, which are very welcome for those who primarily use their tablets in landscape mode, removes the need for a popup bar underneath the screen.

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Of course, as was featured in our Galaxy Note 3 coverage, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also packs a number of features and functionalities that further differentiates it from the rest of the competition. First, obviously, is the S Pen, which comes along a number of note-taking apps preloaded upon purchase. A number of carry-over apps from the Note 3 are also present in the Note 10.1, such as the Action Memo for handwriting a note, Scrapbook for screenshot annotations, S Finder for search, and Pen Window for more ease-of-use and app accessibility.

Multitasking also takes centerstage for the Note 10.1, with the capability to open multiple instances of the same app at a given time. This development opens up the opportunity to use the tablet in more ways like a desktop or a laptop, something which Microsoft’s Surface tablets have been trying to accomplish for quite a while now.

The new Note 10.1 comes with the same smaller S Pen as the Note 3, which means it could now be stored horizontally rather than vertically. The tablet will also be shipping with the customary TouchWiz customization on top of the latest Android 4.3 Jelly bean out of the box.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is scheduled to ship later this month, although pricing and detailed availability is yet to be announced.

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