Remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that we spied back at MWC last February? Well it has finally landed on U.S. shores. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 takes the S Pen that was first introduced with the Galaxy Note and ups the ante with a bigger display and more responsive feedback for drawing and writing.
Back at MWC 2012, Samsung talked about the Note 10.1’s neat S Note features like Shape Match which auto-corrects shapes, and Formula Match which solves handwritten math equations. They also talked about the device’s ability to convert handwriting to text. But today Samsung has introduced some new features for the Note 10.1 that brings true multitasking capabilities to the Android tablet.
First, the device is able to run 2 apps at a time, side by side. They are calling this feature Multiscreen, and it’s compatible with a select number of apps, including the S Note app, the internet browser, video player, email, and more. They have also extended the multitasking capabilities of the Note 10.1, by bringing over the Pop Play feature that was first introduced in the Galaxy S III. Popup Play lets you play a video in a pop up, while working in other apps.
Samsung also announced a partnership with Adobe which brings Adobe Photoshop Touch to the Note 10.1. The app will be preloaded on the tablet, and Adobe has optimized the app to work with the S Pen. Likewise, the Kno interactive textbook app and Nook app are also coming preloaded on the Note 10.1, and both have been tweaked to work with the S Pen.
Samsung has also given out official specs for the device. The system is packing dual front speakers, and it’s running on a 1.4GHz Quad Core processor with 2GB of RAM. Lastly, it has built in IR so that the Galaxy Note 10.1 can be used as a universal remote control for your TV.
The Samsung Galaxy Note goes on sale tomorrow in a choice of white or dark gray for $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $549 for the 32GB model. The system comes running Android 4.0, but Samsung says that an update to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) is imminent. And if you are in New York City and are really itching to get it today, Best Buy in Union Square already has them available for sale.
We’ll have a full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 up soon.