Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Declares War On Wacom Art Tablets

More Mobile World Congress news from Samsung, hot on the heels of the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2. The also 10.1-inch Galaxy Note blends features from Galaxy tablets and the 5-inch Galaxy Note (coming soon to Vodafone and Telstra).

Aimed at creative types, the Ice Cream Sandwich tablet comes with an S Pen stylus for jotting down notes so you can fold your handwritten memos and drawings in with web content and other digital stuff, for creating recipes, diary entries, magazines and other such templates.

The hardware looks fairly solid — it runs off a 1.4GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, and has a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and either 16, 32 or 64GB internal memory. Inside, an accelerometer, digital compass, and gyroscope add to the app possibilities. Weighing 583g, it measures 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.9mm, and has a 7000mAh battery.

The included apps that work with the stylus are called Touch Retouch; makeup; zen brush; omni sketch; catch notes; touchnote; comic book; slice it, and hello crayon. Supposedly the various pressure applied with the S Pen stylus can be recognised by the tablet, letting you shade differently when drawing.

Launch dates and prices haven't yet been confirmed by Samsung as yet.

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    This is the sort of thing that gets me interested. I'll bet that the pen is probably licensed tech from Wacom.

      Yeah it is wacom tech. I'm really interested in this tablet, you can see some hands on videos on youtube.

    I hate trying to work on Cintiqs and this will be the same - your hands/fingers always getting in the way of what you are trying to do. Still, its better than finger-painting on an iPad, I suppose.

      I'm not sure about Cintiqs but I've never had too many problems of hands and fingers getting in the way when drawing on paper. I usually roll my desk into the lounge and watch tv while I draw then sit in my dungeon of a computer room once I've scanned it and finishing it off in Photoshop/painter. I reckon a little tablet with a wacom pen and sketchbook would be sweet. Shame it didn't have a higher resolution though.

    If Telstra brings this out on 4G, I will get it immediately.

    Pressure sensitivity is one of my top 10 most wanted features for the new ipad3. Will we get it, who knows?
    I've been using the ipad (with a stylus) as an alternative to a wacom graphics tablet for the last two years, and is fairly decent (for webcomics), but could always be better obviously.
    Does it say how pressure sensitivity is registered? Is it detected from the surface itself, or transmitted back to the tablet from the stylus (bluetooth?)

      Apparently it has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and dunno how wacom stuff works but its not bluetooth. The pen doesn't use batteries and has the eraser tip on the back like the wacom windows tablets.

      It uses active digitizer technology. It has 256 levels of pressure sensitivity. While its not up in the 1k and 2k of the Wacoms, it still beats the iPad 3 for pressure sensitivity. It also allows you to have two apps open side by side. Great for note taking and for drawing if you use digital reference photos.

      In terms of a mobile digital sketchbook, it beats anything out there. Is it ideal? No. But until we start seeing mobile devices with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and HD or better resolutions in a light enough package to draw anywhere you desire, what other options are there?

    Quite disappointed in the hardware specs. It'll be outdated in a few months.

    The pen only has 512 pressure levels (the entry level Bamboo has 1024) and I do not have a figure on the movement resolution but I imagine it is also greatly reduced.


      You might be interested in these two pressure sensitive stylus projects, Jaja and Blue Tiger. Jaja has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity; not sure about Blue Tiger. But neither have sharp tips.


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