The Galaxy Note 10.1 will allow for multitasking using S Note and any other application. With S Note, users can make sketches or notes directly on documents and webpages, creating personalized messages or images that can be shared or saved. For artists and those creating storyboards, the shape match feature creates regular shapes based on hand-drawn shapes, so if you don’t have a steady hand, the Note has your back. The S Pen that makes S Note special has tons of functionality in its own right, with different pressure sensitivity settings that make the Galaxy Note ideal for graphic artists on the go.
Adobe’s new image editing software, Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas, are packaged in with the Galaxy Note, and offer up premium editing features like layering to combine multiple images. Users can also apply other professional effects and choose from different color themes for their creations. Both pieces of software have been customized for the S Pen.
On the hard spec side, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will run on an unspecified 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. There will be 21 Mbps HSPA+ support (but no phone functionality), and that 10.1” display will feature a WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution touchscreen. The rear-facing camera is a little weak, at 3 MP, but does have auto-focus and LED flash. The front-facing camera is 2 MP. The Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models, all of which will have 1 GB of RAM. There is also a Micro SD card slot, which can add an extra 32 GB to that storage total.
We got some hands-on time with the Note 10.1 and it’s looking out to be the best tablet-with-a-stylus yet. The included S Pen is actually significantly larger than the one bundled with the Galaxy Note. Plus, this version of the S Pen has a convenient “eraser” tip at the other end of the pen. It’s also more responsive, and provides not one, but two levels of pressure sensitivity for an improved stylus experience. The result is a drawing and writing notes experience that is superior to the S Pen experience on the Note.
Pricing and availability is currently unknown, so keep those styluses out and ready to take notes on future updates.
Chance Kinney contributed to this report.