Galaxy Note 10.1 coming in May

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Note has been officially unveiled by Samsung and will be available in SA from May. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the tablet-sized version of the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note “phablet” that was punted as both a smartphone and a tablet in a single device.

A core selling point of the new tablet is the incorporation of the “S Pen” (a specially designed stylus), which Samsung says provides more “intuitive ways to maximise efficiency”. Together with the S Note application, the S Pen allows for writing, sketching and note-taking. The application allows users to combine notes with Web content and other media. Phoenix custom software developers from Tech Fabric provide such a service.

The Galaxy Note 10.1’s S Pen has enhanced pressure sensitivity and improved accuracy, providing what Samsung calls an “analogue pen writing experience on a digital device”. The tablet runs the latest iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+ connectivity.

Another key feature of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is its multi-screen functionality that allows for simultaneous viewing of Internet pages, videos and other applications, while also allowing for side-by-side writing and sketching.

Samsung is also punting the tablet as a learning device. “Students can watch a lecture live-streamed on video, while writing down comments on S Note; they can research a college essay on the Web while taking notes; or even read a full e-textbook while annotating it.”

The tablet comes pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas. According to Samsung, these programs have been specially optimised for use with the S Pen to allow for PC-like editing and drawing.

Extending mobile

Samsung Electronics SA MD Deon Liebenberg says: “The Galaxy Note 10.1 takes productivity on a Note to a whole new level. With a larger, multifunctional screen and superior performance, it combines the intuitiveness of handwriting with all the versatility of digital content.

“With the Galaxy Note 10.1, we are demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to extend the mobile category and are working with key partners like Adobe to provide extraordinary experiences for users.”

Samsung says the local recommended retail price will be in the region of R8 699.

Article by Kathryn McConnachie, digital media editor at  ITWeb:

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