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What is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? (Hands-on video)

We all know what the Samsung Galaxy Note is. Well. We think we do. It had an enormous advertising campaign surrounding it and educating us that it was neither a phone, or a tablet, it was “a Note”. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 makes no such claim. Instead, it boasts tablet specs, a tablet form factor and no phone function. With no blurry lines though, why is the Note 10.1 called a Note and what makes it so special?

Naturally, the 10.1 refers to the screensize, and the Note branding refers to the cavity in the tablets rear and what it houses – an S-Pen, or Samsung branded stylus. The Note 10.1’s S-Pen isn’t quite the same as the S-Pen we met in its phablet sibling though, no – this S-Pen packs 256 levels of pressure sensitivity and the entire tablet has been engineered to complement this.

The S Note application for example is pre-loaded with templates to suit your sketching needs, enabling you to create recipes, write memos or simple sketch away. There’s handwriting recognition and the tablet will even record your doodles so you can play them back. The S-Pen integration doesn’t stop there however. Much like the prior Note, the Note 10.1 allows you to screen grab, outline crop and paste images extremely intuitively using the button located on the S-Pen itself.

Now if you think we’re done, hold your horses – we haven’t even touched on the specs of this fine tablet. Packing the same quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4 processor we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Ice Cream Sandwich, performance on first impression is predictably slick. Our tablet has 16GB of internal memory, though larger capacity versions are expected and there’s also a microSD card slot on the upper side of the tab.

Oddly enough, you’ll also find an infrared port that turns the Note 10.1 into a remote control as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack, power button and volume rocker, all located along the top side of the tab. The front packs a 1280×800 screen and stereo speakers, one on either side, while on the reverse is a 5-megapixel autofocus camera and flash. This all pits the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 at the upper end of the Galaxy tablet range making it the new flagship, and rightly so.

So what is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? It’s a quad-core tablet with fantastic stylus integration. As to whether or not it’s worth your pennies, check back for the full review coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the video for a more in depth understanding of this enigmatic stylus-centric tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.



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