Galaxy Note 10.1 adds stylus to 10-inch tablet

Samsung’s Galaxy Note is a curious device. It’s too large to be a smartphone, too small to be a tablet, and there’s an old-school stylus to complement the capacitive touchscreen. Now, the supersized handset has a bigger brother, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Formally introduced today, the new Samsung tablet has a number of interesting tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to multitask with side-by-side applications. You can see that, plus a flurry of stylus activity, in the following promo video.

All those software enhancements are built on top of Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when or if the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, the latest version of the OS.

On the hardware side, the new Note has a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that can take an additional 64GB. The device is just 8.9 mm thick and is claimed to weigh a scant 1.3 lbs. Unfortunately, the screen is a bit of a disappointment. Although it can accept input from both fingers and the pressure-sensitive stylus, the 10-incher has a maximum resolution of 1280×800. All that multitasking mojo would have been much more impressive on a high-PPI display.

Unlike a number of Android tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available in 3G and 4G flavors in addition to the base Wi-Fi model. 802.11n wireless will be standard on all variants, as will Bluetooth 4.0. Naturally, the device has GPS functionality and dual cameras. Pricing hasn’t been announed, but we’ll know soon enough. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is set to be available this month.

Cyril wasn’t impressed with the lag associated with stylus input on the original original Galaxy Note, which doesn’t leave me terribly optimistic about the larger version. Stylus support would be a great addition to modern tablets, but only if the kinks can be worked out.

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    • Anomymous Gerbil
    • 7 years ago

    “Samsung’s Galaxy Note is a curious device. It’s too large to be a smartphone…”

    You clearly don’t live in Asia.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    First tablet I’m interested in.

    I still use pen for allot of scribble and design, having a cheap wacom cintiq would be a dream come true.
    But sound to good to be true, so I wonder if the pen input is more of a gimmick.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 7 years ago

      [url<][/url<] (it's not a new thing; I've watched sales engineers take notes and draw diagrams with a stylus on iDevices many times before)

        • Laykun
        • 7 years ago

        None of which have pressure sensitivity. I have the Wacom stylus.

      • obarthelemy
      • 7 years ago

      Lenovo have had an active digitizer tablet for a few months. Forgot the name

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 years ago

        Thinkpad tablet? There’s a v2 coming soon (although it looks like the v2 will be Win8 x86 and RT).

        They also had a consumer tablet, iirc.

    • Hattig
    • 7 years ago

    I like the UI enhancements, the side-by-side apps, and the note software is looking very swish. It looks like a very good implementation of a pen UI.

    * insert droll comment about Apple and rectangular displays *

    The display resolution is disappointing. HiDPI would have been very desirable in this product, with fine-grained pen input and the side-by-side apps having a smaller screen space (640×400) than they normally would – smaller text could be blurry.

    OTOH I can’t see the side-by-side working on any smaller display than 10″, as the primary use is reading from one app to input on the other. However the on-top video extracted from a webpage would be great to have. I look forward to having a video from one app at the top of a portrait mode display, with a different app underneath to interact with.

    So maybe it is all about the Nexus 7 still, cheap enough, portable enough, and Google will keep it updated…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      640*800, as I didnt see any 2×2 implementations in the video, but your point still stands – this thing should be 1920×1080. Particularly if you want to draw anything higher-resolution than 16-bit style pixel art. :p

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      Go with Nexus if you’re willing to help evolve Android at its core. In the race to catch up with iOS there are many lesser choices and failures. This way you won’t have to pay a premium to Samsung for uneven product development, and the savings will go far towards getting an iPad mini or Surface when those arrive.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Notepads are sooo much easier to shred when the lawsuits come a knocking though…

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Uh, if you value your freedom, you best have been shredding your notebooks [i<]before[/i<] they become discoverable evidence in active litigation. Besides, there's probably 3-5 years worth of project emails sitting in a backup archive somewhere, if not several somewheres.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        Commit everything to memory. No notebooks, no tablets.

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          Yeah, go all Farenheit 451 on them!

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