If you were a fan of the original stylus-packing Galaxy Note, but always thought that 5.3 inches was just too small, we have good news. Samsung has finally released the long-awaited quad-core 10.1-inch version of the Note, and you should be able to get your hands on it by the end of the month.
Samsung isn’t messing around with the Note 10.1 after rethinking its design. It packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a plentiful 2GB of RAM, and it looks like a pretty decent upgrade over Samsung’s recent salvo of tablets. On the connectivity front, you’ve got the usual suspects, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G.
You’ve also got an IR blaster, in case you want to use it as a remote, GPS with Glonass support, plus a 5MP shooter on the back and a front-facing 1.9MP camera for video calling. The bump in screen size certainly makes the stylus a little more practical, but we’re not exactly talking retina-like resolution here; it’s just 1280×800 for a 10-incher, which is on the low side in terms of pixel density these days.
Samsung’s S Pen optimisation is here in full force, of course, with Adobe Photoshop Touch being the marquee app. In fact, the device seems to be aimed squarely at the more creative types — the same crowd that uses Wacom tablets, with its larger form and pressure-sensitive stylus.
It’ll come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — no Jelly Bean out of the box, unfortunately — but it should be on the shelves by the end of the month.
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