After 6 long months Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 has finally come to fruition. It will now be available in the US for $499 sans contract. The major difference between this and any other tablet is S-Pen or Samsung’s proprietary hardware capacitive touch pen and software interfaces. Although the apps that are capable of using the S-Pen are limited but Samsung has made available the API’s though will other apps can make use of a great piece of hardware. Working with the capacitive touch pen on such a large screen is what makes this tablet unique. Its more productive and feels natural to use. Hardware specs and more after the break.
- 10.1-inch LCD display running at 1280 by 720
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s custom UI (Jelly Bean coming later this year)
- 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 or 32GB of internal storage, with microSD card support upto 64GB
- 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera
- Wi-Fi only
- MSRP: $499 for the 16GB model, while $549 for the 32GB model, available on August 16
From the specsheet it is clear the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a powerful machine. But considering the cost of $499 for the base 16GB model, it goes head to head with the new 16GB Apple iPad, which has a better screen and better graphics performance. Therefore is the S-Pen and a handful of apps that are capable of utilizing it to the fullest enough to make you jump ship ? We’ll leave that for you to answer.