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Samsung grows the Galaxy Note to 10.1 inches, adds more S Pen features

Product Launch by Dan Seifert on Monday February 27, 2012.

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Here at Mobile World Congress 2012, Samsung has taken the official wraps off of the Galaxy Note 10.1, its first tablet to feature support for the S Pen and its handwriting and note-taking functions.

Physically, the Galaxy Note 10.1 looks very similar to the recently-announced Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), complete with front-firing speakers and a metal trim surrounding the 10.1-inch WXGA (1280 x 800 pixel) TFT display. Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by a 1.4GHz, dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and either 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage, depending the on configuration. It also has the same 3 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera that debuted on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 last year. The Galaxy Note 10.1 keeps its dimensions trim, as it measures only 256.7mm x 175.3mm x 8.9mm (10.1in x 6.9in x 0.35in) and weighs 583g (20.6oz, 1.29lbs). Inside is a non-removable 7,000mAh battery.

Of course, the most interesting feature of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the S Pen capabilities. Samsung has improved the S Pen that debuted with the original Galaxy Note to be larger and sensitive to a greater range of pressure levels. The back side of the S Pen can be used as an eraser, and there is still the single button on the pen for activating various on-screen functions. Unfortunately, there is no silo for storing the S Pen the Galaxy Note 10.1's frame, nor is it magnetic to stick to the side of the tablet, so owners will need to be conscious of not losing the pen itself (or just buying loads of extras).

Samsung is offering more software options to make use of the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10.1, including specially optimized, full versions of Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas pre-installed. Samsung's own S Note app has been expanded with more templates for creating new notes, as well as formula and cross language recognition, "Shape assistance" for drawing evenly proportioned shapes, and multi-screen view for greater productivity. The Note 10.1 also has Samsung's full suite of Hubs, including the new Learning Hub that will launch in Korea first and then later on in other markets. The new Learning Hub appears to be Samsung's answer to Apple's iTunes U and teaching tools and online courses.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung's TouchWiz interface and will be launched in Wi-Fi-only and HSPA+ configurations in Q2 2012. Pricing has yet to be announced, though Samsung has said that it will cost more than the new Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) due to the S Pen features.

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