Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will finally arrive on store shelves internationally this month, Samsung has announced. The stylus-toting tablet has received hardware and software upgrades since we first saw it at Mobile World Congress in February, and now has a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a jazzed up version of Samsung's TouchWiz UX. The tablet's chassis itself has also been upgraded since we first saw it in Barcelona, and now features a slot to hold that pressure-sensitive "S Pen."

In today's announcement the manufacturer also highlighted capabilities like the "S Note" note-taking app first seen on the original Galaxy Note, as well as the ability to run multiple apps on a single screen. Samsung seems keen to target the Note 10.1 as a more practical tablet for students and business professionals, on account of the combination of pen input and a larger 10.1-inch screen.

The tablet's certainly had an interesting path to release. As we said, it appeared at MWC earlier this year before being sent back to the drawing board. And in the U.S., the tablet remains unannounced ahead of an event in New York City on Aug. 15. Despite this, one retailer already has stock, and says it's currently shipping out to customers across the country.

No pricing or exact release dates were specified in today's presser -- we'd expect these details to be worked out on a country-by-country basis. However, we do know the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available at first in Wifi-only and HSPA flavors, with an LTE version due to arrive later in the year.

We've got today's full press release, and a complete spec list for the Note 10.1, after the break.


HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)

Quad Band 850/900/1900/2100 MHz


1.4 GHz quad-core processor


55.8mm (10.1”) WXGA(1280x800) LCD + Digitizer


Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)


Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash

Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera


Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, MV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8

Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM

Full HD(1080p) Playback & HD Recording



AC-3, Flac

Music Player with SoundAlive

3.5mm Ear Jack

S Pen Optimized Features

S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner, My Story)

(* more S Pen optimized apps are available via Samsung Apps)


Adobe® Photoshop® Touch

Shape Match, Formula Match

Polaris Office

Sharing Features

Samsung AllShare Play / Samsung AllShare Cast

Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air

Content Features &Services

Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel

Samsung Apps

Samsung Hub

- nbsp; Music Hub / ame ub

- nbsp; Learning Hub* / eaders Hub* / ideo Hub* / Media Hub*(US only)


(Availability of Learning Hub and Video Hub are limited by market.

Readers Hub will be available to download from Samsung Apps later this year)

Samsung S Suggest

Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads

Enterprise Solutions

Exchange ActiveSync

On-Device Encryption

Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Juniper Junos Pulse VPN


A-GPS(3G version)

S-GPS(WiFi version)



Bluetooth technology v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support)

USB 2.0 Host

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 &5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel Bonding

mHL, 3.5mm, IR LED(Smart Remote: Universal Remote Control)


Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope


16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)

microSD (up to 64GB)


262 x 180 x 8.9 mm, 600g (3G), 97g WiFi)


Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh

Samsung inspires a culture of active content creation, productivity and learning

London UK, August 6 2012 – Samsung today announced the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1, an extension of the Galaxy Note category. The Galaxy Note 10.1 offers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display, which will enable people to amplify their creativity, productivity, and learning ability.

Providing an intuitive experience and armed with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM for enhanced performance, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed to simplify the process of capturing ideas, accessing information and multi-tasking, making each easier and faster and allowing people to express their ideas in an efficient way.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, UK & IRE Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “Following the success of the very first Galaxy Note which we launched at the end of last year, we’re delighted that our UK customers will now be able to experience the evolution of this device for themselves. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a product we are very excited about and will offer our customers a new way to use and experience a tablet device. As well as being able to consume content such as videos, photos, document and the Internet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also gives them the power to produce, create and customise that same content – something they won’t get from any other product on the market.”

The Galaxy Note 10.1 incorporates key intuitive features and capabilities such as side-by-side multitasking. This is thanks to its ‘Multiscreen’ on a 10.1-inch large screen; unique S Pen with a variety of S Note templates and productive tools (Shape Match and Formula Match); Learning Hub* for accessing educational curricula and Adobe’s premium creative application Photoshop® Touch.

True Multi-Tasking with Multiscreen feature

With the Galaxy Note 10.1’s Multiscreen feature, it’s possible to use two different applications side-by-side simultaneously. So Web pages and videos can be viewed, or applications launched using one half of the screen, at the same time as the other half is used for writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen. What’s more, customers can capture and crop images, and paste them onto the other screen to make personal notes. The Multiscreen feature allows people to be more productive and efficient whilst also enjoying multimedia content. Galaxy Note 10.1 brings a new culture of creation through the owner’s own notes, and enables an entirely new experience to improve productivity and enjoyment.

S Pen & S Note for Personalised and Organised Note-taking

Featuring its advanced 6.5mm S Pen, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is optimised for the creation of personalised and expressive content in the most natural and intuitive way. The S Pen’s feel and functionality are specifically designed for an optimal experience on the 10.1-inch screen. The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and, when removed, automatically launches specially optimised applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch, and Polaris Office.

Alternatively, people can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly. For example, S Note can be launched instantly when the S Pen is taken out from the device. Owners can also tap the screen twice while pressing the S Pen button for quick S Note access via the S Note-dedicated widget, which can be easily moved anywhere on the display, never hindering or obstructing creativity or productivity.

The S Note is a unique tool that enables notes and sketches to be combined with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. The Shape Match and Formula Match features help correct and digitise geometric shapes and solve numeric formulas hand-written with the S Pen. The S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that content can be searched for and information obtained, and then easily drag and dropped onto S Notes without having to switch between screens. Exclusively pre-loaded on Galaxy Note 10.1, the Adobe® Photoshop® Touch application means owners can professionally edit photos with the ease and precision of the S Pen.

Active Learning Experience

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is an ideal learning tool that allows students to take notes directly on an eTextbook whilst in lectures, or research the Web at the same time as writing an essay. Samsung’s Learning Hub service is optimised for Galaxy Note 10.1 allowing owners to access extensive multimedia educational content whatever their age. This content includes eTextbooks, video lectures, interactive coaching and much more, and can be shared with multiple Samsung devices. Furthermore, Learning Hub comes with a learning management system providing schedule management and performance and achievement management tools so students of any age can learn at their own pace.

Superior Hardware Performance

Galaxy Note 10.1 is designed with advanced hardware technology, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. Seamless multi-tasking, high-standard graphics, and blazing-fast performance without any lag are essential features of the device. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes a 5- megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.

Several other features have been added to the Galaxy Note 10.1, including Smart Stay, which tracks the owner’s eye to ensure that the screen is always on while being looked at; and Pop Up Play, which allows a video to be watched anywhere on the screen while simultaneously running other tasks. With AllShare® Play, content can be shared with a large group in real-time by connecting the Galaxy Note 10.1 to Samsung HD TVs, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network. With AllShare Group Cast, people can also share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or images without loading the files separately.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes in three connectivity options: WiFi-only and WiFi-and-3G HSPA-Plus connectivity, which are both available at launch, and WiFi-and-LTE which will be available later this year.


Reader comments

Samsung: Galaxy Note 10.1 available globally this month

100% agree :-) BlackBerry got it right in that respect, sound out of the front facing speakers on the PlayBook is brilliant. Definitely something that other OEMs should try

Thanks for the link; the video focuses a lot on the various applications using the pen. Quite awesome actually.

Nothing ground breaking specs-wise, besides the pen obviously... Screen resolution is rather disappointing actually. That tech demo of the pen optimized stuff on the other post is rather impressive tho, and I'm usually pretty sour on any of Samsung's software modifications.

I love the idea of running two apps side by side. I've often thought that would make sense. Picture two apps running in portrait orientation while the device is in landscape.

If it weren't Samsung I would actually be wanting to get it badly. Because it's Samsung I want to get it less badly.
Oh the multitasking is cool...kinda like W8 Snap.
This sounds like the first actual productivity / learning / group collaboration tablet...

I guess Microsoft is going to sue Samsung for copying their patented Windows 8 Snap multitasking. Just wait for it.

I think Samsung have been focusing on Windows 8 Pro. That is why their Android tablets have been a bit "also ran". Perhaps they are saving up for some kind of legal SNAFU.

Does it still have that god-awful 19 pin ripoff connector, a la, Apple?
My friend has the Galaxy Tab 2 7" and I was amazed that it had that apple-esque connector.

Please say no :)

$299 - $350 i would buy it. Of course it's Samsung so it's more like $499 - $699. I would never buy a tablet above $350 in 2012. Edit: I just saw its already available for $750. Yea right!!!

You have to READ and THINK simultaneously if you want to be considered educated. 750.00 is for the ones in stock that some company is selling before the official release. They also are the Wi-Fi with HSPA radio. Therefore, they will obviously be higher than after the release. And if you wont pay over 350.00 for a tablet in 2012, that's totally fine. But don't expect much.

This general attitude MIGHT (emphasis on "might") change somewhat with the success of the Nexus 7. Granted, Samsung is just as bad as anyone else *coughApplecough* with brand pricing, but we've already seen better-than-midrange tablets come out for less. If a Samsung-branded 10" tablet sells for (hypothetically) $600, then another manufacturer could make one with similar specs minus the S-Pen features for $400 easily.

Despite being brand-priced, I'm still getting one of these when the wifi-only models become available, hopefully through my job.

Pretty nice and seems definitely aimed to give users a practical use for it outside of the pure "I just want one" factor. I don't think apple can/will sue over this design because its very in apple like. The extra bezel for pen makes it look rather distinct from other tablets. I think Samsung should just continue with their note tablets and discontinue the regular tabs so that apple can't target them as much and IMHO these are more practical and much more useful than your regular iPad or any other tablet. That is until apple adopts the s pen idea...

Looks quite impressive. I wonder how the stylus will be - the Galaxy Note's is better than ye olde resistive styluses but it's still quite some way from being good enough. I want a stylus that is fast and accurate enough so when I use it, it seems like a pen - exactly where I mark is instantly marked. Anything less than this and drawing becomes a chore because I'm always forced to remember that there is a disconnect between what I do and what appears on screen.

1. Why in the name of Bender has it taken "a re-design" to add a pen holder?
2. Why not freaking JellyBean? Better still, why not freaking Stock JB?
3. OK, a Micro SD slot. BUT a tablet that size should have a proper one, WTF not?
4. The screen resolution needs a rethink Sammy boy.
5. Really!!! NOW we get Windows style "windows", another fragment?
6. Last of all Sam - I bet your price makes this a good advert for the iPad.

Samsung should have been making THE flagship Android tablet for the past 18 months.
Is it Apple blight, or just plain lazybones? PICK UP THE BALL!

"Better still, why not freaking Stock JB?"
Multi window multi tasking not part of stock JB. S pen functionality not part of stock JB. With Stock JB it would just be another 10 inch tablet. As it is now, it is a little more than a 10" tablet.

Do people realize that even CM is not Stock AOSP. These customization's are part of the added value (or removal of value)

I would love a higher resolution, but 1280x800 is still more than enough. Other companies still sell many millions of tablets with inferior resolution. If the price is right, I'm gettiing this.

People complain to much lol. This is a great product and for those of us not on AT&T and now T-Mobile that do not have the Note but wanted it now can. I have not bought a tablet because I was waiting for something better then whats out there. I HATE CRAPPLE so and Ipad was not making it to my hands. This Tablet offers everything that my wife and I want. She loves the S pen and I love Sammy :O). But seriously IMO this tablet bring so much to the table. I agree that it should have JB but Sammy is working hard on bring timely updates so it should get it by the end of the year. TWZ UI is great and just like Google Sammy is working hard to bring a friendly and useful experience to there products. Its better then Sense IMO.

The price is what worries me. If this is Price Right it will sell insanely good. If its over $500 I think I would have to wait for a bit before getting. $350 and its in my house first day (WiFi Only)

Adobe will support the current version for a little more, even though it won't release new ones.

On a related note, I wonder what container will be used for web video instead of flash? I'm guessing HTML5 but I really don't know if it is already being used in older Android devices (e.g. ones on GB, which is still the prevalent Android flavour).

A feature often times unmentioned, missed or deemed unimportant in every tablet: Can an editor or a reliable researcher or writer please tell us if the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 can make Native 3G Video and Voice Calls with SMS and MMS support? Thank you very much.

Apple will surely sue. How very dare Samsung make a thin rectangular tablet like them.

In other news Ford are going to sue General Motors for using 4 rubber tires just like their Model T.

Amazing how they can get ICS working on this shiny new tablet but can't seem to get it out to their already-sold GT 10.1s. Do they think current GT 10.1 owners are just going to dump those and pick these up? Just get the update out already!