Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Stylus Tablet: Ready for Business?
Samsung will ship its new stylus-equipped 10.1-inch Galaxy Note tablet this month, arming the unit with a 1.4GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, WXGA 1280 x 800 pixel LCD display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a secondary 1.9 megapixel camera and Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) Android 4.0. Is that the right horsepower for channel partners promoting mobile devices to their customers? Here are some educated guesses.
The Korean manufacturer was expected to announce the Galaxy Note 10.1 on August 15 in New York, followed by a Galaxy Note smartphone introduction August 29 in Berlin, the latter perhaps an effort to diffuse bitter rival Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) impending iPhone 5 kick-off said to be planned for mid-September.
Galaxy Note 10.1 initially will be available in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Korea, and phased in with other markets starting later this month. Pricing? There’s no word yet.
When Samsung showed off the Galaxy Note 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress last February in Barcelona, officials said it would be powered by a 1.4GHz dual core processor, sport 1GB of RAM, and offer a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. Between then and now the tablet appears to be the beneficiary of a power and feature upgrade.
Samsung said the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn’t positioned merely for users to consume content but also to create content.
“History has shown that taking notes, capturing ideas immediately, and sketching to realize them is the most personal and natural way to be more productive and creative,” said JK Shin, Samsung president IT & Mobile Communications Division. “The advanced technology and features included in Galaxy Note 10.1 give users the power to produce, create and customize communications.”
The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and, when removed, automatically launches applications such as S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch, and Polaris Office. Or users can set it up to launch the app of their choice instead.
Here Comes Multiscreen
With the multiscreen feature, users can use two different applications side-by-side. Other features include Smart Stay, which tracks the user’s eyes so that the screen is always on while being looked at, and Pop Up Play, which allows the user to watch a video anywhere on their screen while simultaneously running other tasks. AllShare Play enables users to share content with a large group in real-time by connecting the Galaxy Note 10.1 to HD TVs, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network.
There are three connectivity options–a WiFi-only version, a WiFi-and-3G HSPA-Plus connectivity version at launch, and a WiFi-and-LTE version slated for later this year.
Not only will Samsung run the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet head on at the 9.5-inch iPad, the unit may help Samsung recoup some sales lost owing to a preliminary injunction Apple won in late June to bar sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the United States until the patent infringement clash between the two titans is settled in court.
And if Samsung can successfully challenge the iPad, it certainly will grab the attention of VARs and mobile integrators, a group not exactly courted by Apple for tablet sales.