Yesterday Techindustriya was invited to small gathering to get some hands on time with the Galaxy Note 10.1.
On first impression, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is curiously similar to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. What was assinged to me is a white version of the Note 10.1 but a black version will also be available at launch.
The Note 10.1 is oriented in landscape with the Samsung brand centered at the bottom with the front facing camera and the light sensor at the top center. Slim grills are positioned on either side at the upper half of the tablet–similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
At the back of the tablet is the 5MP rear camera with LED flash. Nothing much of note at the back except for a small groove at the bottom left of the tablet. That small groove defines the Note 10.1 from the Tab 10.1. This is where the S Pen is placed when not in use. This is the same type of stylus used in the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note smartphone. Unlike the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Note 10.1 includes an infrared sensor that allows the Note tablet to become an universal remote controller for all of the components of your home theater (or at least your TV and cable box).
Internally, the Note 10.1 has a lot more in common with the Galaxy S III than its smaller brother, the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note 10.1 uses the same quad-core Exynos processor as the S III wich is also running at 1.4 GHz. The RAM has been doubled in the Note 10.1 to 2GB so as to accomodate the multitasking features of the Note tablet. The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 that will be offered next month will have 16GB storage as well as a microSD slot for storage expansion. It will also be 3G enabled with a full SIM card slot at the top of the tablet. If you think that the 3G on the tablet will only be used for data, think again. The Note tablet actually has a phone app so you can make calls via handsfree or a wireless headset.
Speaking of the Galaxy S III, the Note 10.1 also borrows some features of the flagship Galaxy smartphone. Feature like video pop-up, Smart Stay, and some motion gestures are included in the Note tablet.
As stated above, the RAM has been doubled because of the various multitasking feature of the Note tablet. Such feature is the multi screen feature. With some apps–mostly Samsung developed apps– have the ability to split and share the 10.1 inch display. This allows you to essentially do two things at once such as take notes with S Note while researching with the browser at the same time.
To take advantage of the S Pen, Samsung has included a number of applications with the tablet such as Adobe’s Photoshop Touch and the game, Crayon Physics. Apps such as S Planner and S Note also have features that use the S Pen. Even the browser is S Pen-sensitive with the Google homepage as it will allow you to write search queries and URLs on the screen and it will will recognize your handwriting.
At face value, the Galaxy Note 10.1 looks just like a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a stylus. However, after a couple of hours with the Note tablet and its stylus specific features, it looks like the Note tablet is more than just a content consumption device. The Galaxy Note 10.1 with its stylus looks like a good device for the creative mind especially those who have an affinity for sketching.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available on September 1 for PhP32,990 and will be come in two colors, black and white.