Samsung reveals the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet… with a stylus

Samsung is introducing a new 10 inch Android tablet with a digital pen you can use to write or draw on the screen. It’s basically a 10 inch version of the 5.3 inch Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone, which is probably why the company calls the new tablet the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The tablet has  10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel PLS display, a 1.4 Ghz dual core processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software. But it also features the Samsung TouchWiz user interface and Samsung’s S Pen software for drawing and writing.

That includes an S Note app which you can easily pull up from anywhere to jot notes or draw pictures, and the Adobe PhotoShop Touch and Adobe Ideas apps for Android.

Samsung is using Wacom technology for the digital pen, so this is a pressure-sensitive stylus, not simply a tool to replace your fingertip when you’re tapping the glass. Unfortunately there’s no stylus holder built into the tablet case, which means you’re either going to need to keep the pen in your pocket or buy a protective case that has a spot for a pen.

The company is also emphasizing new “multi-screen functionality” which will let you view multiple windows at the same time. For instance, you can view a website in one page and a video in another, or watch a video lecture in one window while taking notes in another.

Unfortunately I haven’t really seen any photos of this new multi-screen tech in action, so I’m not clear on exactly how it works.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 features a 2MP front-facing camera as well as a 3MP rear camera with auto-focus and an LED flash. The tablet supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 as well as HSPA+ mobile broadband.

It features 1 GB of RAM, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and includes a microSD card slot for extra storage.

The tablet measures 10.1″ 7 x 6.9″ x 0.35″ and weighs 1.3 pounds.

  • JohnnyL53

    It’s a minor thing but notice how much nicer the screen shot is on the latest Sammie tablets is compared to the usual bland and boring background. Actually makes the screen look pricier. The app icons still look like they were drawn by grade schoolers though.

    Unless the hand writing recognition has been improved this will kinda suck for note taking. Makes it much less efficient when you can’t convert those notes to searchable files.

  • jm2c

    I think it is kind of funny that recently I’ve seen a couple of examples of companies adding multi-window to tablets when Microsoft has worked so hard to make windows 8 more touch friendly in large part by removing the windowing interface.  I would be fine if windows came back.  I’m not sure why it went away.  On phones it makes sense to not have windows, but on tablets I think it would help to have windows.

    I think the note looks nice, but wonder how long it will last when we know new tablets with higher definition screens are going to get produced soon.