The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, a 10 -inch tablet that adds the S-Pen Galaxy Note phone users rave about arrives on store shelves in the U.S. tomorrow August 16th.
Samsung offers the Galaxy Note 10.1 in 16GB for $499 and 32GB for $549. Orders start tomorrow on Samsung.com and we expect retailers like Best Buy will also stock the WiFi only tablet.
The 10-inch tablet sports a pressure sensitive S-Pen stylus hat pairs with the tablet for digital note taking, drawing and a variety of S-Pen enabled apps. The S-Pen sports the same technology found on the stylus for the smaller Galaxy Note smartphone, and likely the same as we’ll see for the Galaxy Note 2 which is rumored to launch soon.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display. A 1.4GHz quad core processor and 2GB Ram power the system. There is a 5MP rear facing camera with flash and a fornt facing 1.9Mp camera for video chat. Users can expand memory up to an additional 64GB thanks to a MicroSD card slot. The Galaxy Note 10.1 sports Bluetooth 4.0 for connectivity to accessories.
The Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a TouchWiz overlay. Unfortunately owners will need to wait until later this year for Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Note 10.1, but it is in the works. Because this is WiFi only it should receive the update faster than the Galaxy Note phones, which require carrier approval.
One of the most exciting features, outside of the S-Pen is support for split-screen multitasking. This feature allows users to run two apps side by side on the large display. The feature only works with select apps, like S Note, Polaris Office, the stock browser, video app and a few others, but it’s awesome to work side-by-side in two apps on a tablet.
We’ll be sharing a hands on with the Galaxy Note 10. soon with a full review on the way in the coming weeks.