Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition

U.S. preorders start at midnight Sept. 27

Samsung this morning announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition will be available in the United States on Oct. 10, with preorders starting at midnight Eastern time on Sept. 27.

Price is set at $549.99 for the Wifi-only Note 10.1 with 16 gigabytes of storage, and $599.99 if you want 32 gigabytes. It'll be available in either Jet Black or Classic White.

Retailers will include Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile, BestBuy.com, Amazon, PC Richard's, Fry's, Tiger Direct, Walmart and Samsung.com.

The new Note 10.1, as we're want to call it, made its debut in Berlin just a few weeks ago at the IFA conference (see our hands-on), and we found it to be a fast, svelte 10-inch tablet full of the same features as the new Galaxy Note 3. This U.S. version also comes with 50 gigabytes of Dropbox storage free for two years, a one-year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek, and a 12-week subscription to The New York Times.

Spec-wise, the new Note 10.1 has a 10.1-inch display at 2560-by-1600 resolution, powered by an Exynos 5420 quad-core processor and sporting 3GB of RAM. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition Available in the U.S. Oct. 10

With enhanced S Pen, superior display, Multi-Window and sleek redesign, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition delivers an unrivaled tablet experience

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – September 26, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the Galaxy Note® 10.1 – 2014 Edition will be available in the U.S. beginning Oct. 10, with pre-orders starting at midnight ET tomorrow, Sept. 27. The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition is equipped with industry-leading specifications packed in a thin and lightweight form factor.

“Last year’s launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 introduced the integration of S Pen™ capabilities to the tablet category and created a new experience for consumers,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of tablet marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “We continue to evolve the Galaxy Note experience with the new Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. With premium software features and a sophisticated design, we’re delivering an exceptional and even more engaging tablet experience.”

With improved S Pen capabilities, vibrant display and updated Multi-Window functionality, the new Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition delivers an intelligent tablet experience packaged in a sleek, polished design. The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition has been refined with a textured and stitched back cover that is both stylish and comfortable to hold. With an overall smaller size and lighter weight, the new Galaxy Note tablet has smaller bezels and a thinner profile, without sacrificing screen size.

“The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition builds on Samsung’s innovative tablet foundation,” said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With its advanced functionality and expanded features, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition offers a best- in-class tablet experience that enables new conveniences to empower users to excel in everyday tasks.”

Unparalleled Display Quality and Multitasking

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition features a large Super Clear LCD display that offers brighter colors and more lifelike graphics. The 2,560 x 1,600 pixel WQXGA display contains over 4 million pixels, offering users a dynamic viewing experience.

To complement the high-resolution display, Samsung introduces a new magazine-style user interface called My Magazine. By allowing users to organize the latest news, social feeds and localized content in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard on a Super Clear LCD, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition reinvents how consumers interact with their tablets.

The new Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by an Exynos® 5420 quad-core processor and 3GB RAM for faster web browsing and multitasking, with rich HD graphics for the best gaming experience. Enhanced multitasking allows users to seamlessly use two different applications side-by-side and easily drag and drop content from one window to another. What’s more, certain apps, such as YouTube and Internet, can now be activated simultaneously in both windows.

Enhanced Suite of S Pen Features

The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition comes equipped with an updated S Pen that provides a more responsive, productive and overall efficient tablet experience. The enhanced S Pen also introduces several shortcuts and productivity tools at consumers’ fingertips, including:

  • Air Command provides instant access to S Pen features, including Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window all in a convenient hover and click of the button on the S Pen from any point on the screen.
  • Action Memo gives users a quick way to take a note and link that note to a direct action, instantly perform a task, such as searching the Internet or emailing a contact.
  • Scrapbooker capabilities let users organize interesting content with the S Pen and place it into individualized scrapbooks. This feature affords users an easy and functional way to use the S Pen to grab and store videos, photos and clips from Web pages that are linkable back to the original online source. With Scrapbooker, users keep all boards private and then easily choose which content to share.
  • Screen Write lets users easily take a screen capture and edit the shot.
  • S Finder allows users to search the entire device, including handwritten notes and settings, connected accounts and the web through key words or handwritten symbols.
  • Pen Window effortlessly enhances productivity with a stroke of the S Pen. The feature lets users draw a window on screen using the S Pen, which opens a selection of applications, and then minimize it to hover on any screen as the user interface is navigated; perfect for opening a calculator on top of a spreadsheet or quickly setting an alarm.
  • S Note enhancements include a more intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Users still have the ability to use the S Pen to take handwritten notes, or use handwriting-to-text, with access to both note files and notepads. With Easy Chart, hand-drawn data can be instantly transformed into more formal charts and graphs.
  • Content and Services for an Immersive Galaxy Experience

Samsung is partnering with leading news, productivity and entertainment sources to provide over $600 in bundled content for the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. With Galaxy Perks, consumers have access to popular applications and services, including three months free of Hulu Plus and SiriusXM, and one year of free Boingo Hotspot access. The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition also comes pre-loaded with 50GB of Dropbox free for two years, one year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek and a 12 week subscription to The New York Times. For more information on Galaxy Perks, please visit www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks.

A redesigned Twitter application, with limited exclusivity to the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, features S-Pen integration and Multi-Window capabilities for a unique Twitter tablet experience.

In addition, the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition will include a Samsung Apps widget, which offers users additional content, optimized for the new 10.1-inch tablet and other Samsung devices. The new tablet is also equipped with Samsung’s innovative IR remote capability and WatchON, a search and recommendation service which makes finding TV shows and on-demand video content faster, easier and more personalized, as the hub of the living room.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition is Wi-Fi-enabled and available in 16 and 32GB variations with an additional 64GB of storage available via microSD card expansion. The device comes in two color options, Jet Black and Classic White. The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition will retail for $ 549.99 and $599.99 for the 16 and 32GB versions, respectively. It will be available for purchase at Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, BestBuy.com, Amazon, PC Richards, Fry's, Tiger Direct, Walmart and Samsung.com, with pre-orders beginning at select retailers on Sept. 27. 

 
There are 34 comments

Synycalwon says:

Too pricey for me to consider replacing my original Note 10.1 (should be $100 less IMO). Also really don't like the move back to a physical home button and capacitive menu and back buttons (they're all on-screen on the original 10.1). Also, no more front-facing speakers is a concern. I'll pass and wait for the next iteration next year.

NoNexus says:

Posted incorrectly

Posted via your wifes, girlfriends phone

jescobe82 says:

He means $100 less than they are currently asking for it I presume.

jlczl says:

I'm going to pass on this one and get the original Note 10.1 as soon as it gets down to $249. Lowest I've seen it so far is $279.

Posted via Android Central App

jescobe82 says:

I agree. Love my 32GB note 10.1 but am disappointed with their pricing. Looks like I will be hanging on to mine for now. That's a shame, I was looking forward to having this one. If they run a sale in the $400-$500 range for the 32GB, I may reconsider.

Not surprised by their pricing given it's running 2560x1600 display now and has their new Exynos 5420 chip in it.

Tbayrgs says:

Yeah, but it's priced $50 higher than the 16GB iPad and the general consumer is going to see that the iPad is cheaper and immediately steer that direction. Price isn't an issue for me, lack of a 64GB version (was mentioned at the IFA revleal) at launch is more of a problem.

NGagen says:

I wish it was a little less, but I will be preordering one tonight. It does come with $25 play store credit with "Galaxy Perks", so that helps a little.

Does anyone know if midnight tomorrow means late this night or late tomorrow night?

GeekMoxie says:

I'm unfamiliar with Samsung's release schedule on their tablets.

Does this mean they will not be releasing a new Galaxy Note 8? Or is the 8 usually released alongside the new SGalaxy line?

jwyche007 says:

Did anyone expect anything less from this? It was completely obvious this thing was going to be extremely pricey from the moment it was unveiled. I want to see it's battery performance before I consider buying it though.

Posted via Android Central App

EeZeEpEe says:

The overpriced 16GB must be to make the "only" $50 more 32GB more appealing. I say "only" because for 32GB that's overpriced as well.

silverghozt says:

I can't believe that they only offer 32GB built in.

jrsharp70 says:

I have a note 2 and a note 8.0. What really sucks is that I have a feeling we are going to get hung out to dry and will never see the new software on our devices that are less than a year old.

SpookDroid says:

Mmmm... so no 64GB version? :( I wonder if the 50GB of Dropbox are retroactive if I already had the same promotion from the Note 2... an extra 2 years of storage would be cool :) hehe
I'm not crazy about the pricing, but considering the powerhouse this promises to be and the included 'perks and extras' like subscriptions and cloud storage "for free" does make up for it a bit.

Oh, and if it came with Photoshop as the last version it would be sooooo sweet.

TKL74 says:

why do these tablets become more expensive again? I thought they tried to move away from that lol
I guess Samsung is trying to sell more of its crappy spec Galaxy Tab 3's.

eszklar says:

When is this coming to Canada? Agree its a bit pricey. Is there a cellular-enabled one as well?

pdoobs says:

Samsung's use of "2014" as if it's a car company is so deceptive and wrong for a tech company. Tech changes too rapidly to apply a future date to current models.

Given the specs, I'd say it's good to last through 2014 as someone's primary Android tablet. So why not? It's their product. Sue them buddy!

Mattless says:

It is intentionally deceptive is why not. Will the specs be OK to last through 2014? Yeah, sure. However it is not 2014 tech, it is 2013 tech. It will not be up to par with products released in 2014 using 2014 tech, but it will continue to sell because it will be Samsung's 2014 device.

"I want this one, it's from this year. Says so right on the box!" -An uninformed customer 11 months from now.

Samsung knows this. They know they are being deceptive, misleading, etc. They are doing it intentionally to market to the uninformed masses. It will work, it always has, but that doesn't make it any less evil.

Like it was said..car manufacturers call their cars 2014 when it's still 2013. That doesn't make sense either. They're trying to differentiate the brand models so that people know what to look for. That way, for the next 9 months or so, people will know if they see 2014 edition, whether it's now or sometime in March 2014, that they are looking at the latest Note 10.1 model. It's not a big deal. It's to let people know this is the current latest edition of the tablet.

makkhay says:

Too pricey = no buy!

Posted via Android Central App

sudbury78 says:

That is wifi only pricing? Do the think they are apple????

With the new Nexus 10 around the corner I really dont see any value at this price at all, unless you really have to have the stylus

Posted via Android Central App

Raptor007 says:

Not sure about a pre-order but I will be getting one for sure. 32GB Black is in order. Just waiting to see if Amazon is charging sales tax or not and if not then its Amazon.com for me.

Arrache says:

I'm going to buy the current SGN 10.1 version on sale and call it a day. The 2014 edition is just oo pricey, the only feature that make it stand out is the Wacom Stylus, the reason i want it is so i can sketch on the go, but that I can do with the current version. If you are into the fancy screen stuff, get the nexus and go celebrate with your significant other with the money you save.

Ron Scherpe says:

No 3G or LTE version for the U.S.??

Bruh-Man says:

Sounds like really no need to replace my OG Note 10.1 Nothing blowing my mind about this one on 4.3. I'll hold out for the Note 12.2 (If it's coming)

RaiderWill says:

IMO 8 inches is still the "Sweet Spot" for Tablets..
$600.00+ Tax.. Ouch.
You're already at $550.00 for the base model.. why not fork over $50 more and double your storage at this price point.. Especially if you are not going to Root It so you can take full advantage of the SD Card. I'll stick with my Brown-Black Note 8.0..

gyroslice says:

Is Android Central going to be review this 2014 Note 10.1? I'd love to see how the display compares to the retina iPad and the original Note 10.1.

Why did Samsung get rid of their front facing speaker design? The Galaxy Note 2 10.1 and Note 10.1 both had nice designs. I'm not sure how the front facing speakers worked in practice, but the idea sure was right.

Wasn't this tablet touted as having an octa-core processor? I keep searching through different sites and forums and keep getting inconsistent answers. Although the above press release does in fact say it's a quad-core, not an octa-core. If anyone could clarify this, it would be great.

Posted via Android Central App

Polyacci says:

Samsung always make two variants of the soc's in their devices. The exynos octa variants for the 3g and/ wifi models and the Snapdragon quad variants for the LTE/LTE-A models since their exynos still doesn't support LTE. Hope this helps

Posted via Android Central App

Thank you for your reply. However, this article and press release makes no mention of the 3g/LTE variant and is only pertaining to the wifi-only model. My question boils down to this: Earlier this month, this product was explained to have an octa-core (Exynos) processor for the wifi variant. Now the product is up for pre-order, and all of a sudden it's listed as having an Exynos QUAD-CORE chip, as noted in the article above. I started digging around to get more clarification and it seems that Samsung is backtracking a little on the specs.

From what I understand, the device does indeed have 8 cores on it's CPU chipset, however in reality, it's basically a dual quad-core CPU, with a set of four Cortex-A7 cores for less intense processes and a set of four Cortex-A15 cores for high intensity processes. The kicker is that these sets do not seem to work concurrently with each other. It seems Samsung has taken some heat recently over the branding of these processors as octa-core, hence why I think they are only saying this processor is a quad-core now, seeing that only four of the cores can be used concurrently.

On the bright side, it looks like Samsung is working on a solution through a software patch using a process called Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP). This would allow all of the cores on the Exynos chip to be used simultaneously. What is unclear, however, is whether the the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition will actually receive that software patch. I wanted to provide links to my sources, but the comment automatically got marked as spam because of the hyperlinks.

I am by no means an expert when it comes to hardware specs, and don't claim to be. I simply own the original Note 10.1 and when I first heard the announcement of the 2014 edition, I was all on board to upgrade. But, now I'm not so sure it's worth the upgrade seeing as I purchased the original less than a year ago. I love the new software tweaks and deeper S-pen integration, but without a true octa-core processor I'm not sure I can justify upgrading after less than a year.

adamboy83 says:

Waiting to see what happens with the next Nexus 10. Gonna be in the market for a 10 inch tablet this holiday season.

Posted via Android Central App