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After a few hints of an impending launch, Samsung has announced that the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is now available at a variety of retailers across Canada starting at $499. The Android tablet includes all of the good stuff you'd expect, like the dual-screen multitasking, the S Pen accessory, and 50 GB of DropBox storage.

Online stores like Best Buy and Future Shop are still showing preorder status and an expected release in five days, but with any luck that may change before the end of the day. Pop in to your local store to see if they have stock, and let us know in the comments. An LTE model for Rogers, Bell, and TELUS may find its way to shelves before the end of the year, but no official word on that just yet. 

Full specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are tucked away below in the press release. Any Canadians considering getting one of these? Our review had a few criticisms of the tablet, some of which may be deal-breakers for you. 

The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Inspires a Culture of Active Content Creation, Productivity, and Learning

MISSISSAUGA, ON, September 21, 2012 – Samsung Canada, today announced that the highly anticipated GALAXY Note 10.1 is now available in the Canadian marketplace. The device is available for purchase at authorized retail partners across Canada.

The GALAXY Note 10.1 extends the GALAXY Note category, building on the success of last year’s worldwide hit smartphone – and delivering the functionality and precision of a pen and paper by combining the S Pen with a 10.1-inch large display.  Featuring an advanced S Pen with 1,024 levels of sensitivity, GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed for natural and intuitive content creation.

“The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 enables users to create content anytime, anywhere with the value added S-Pen,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President, Enterprise Business Solutions, Samsung Canada. “The S Pen offers active content creation and productivity, while the Note 10.1 is the ideal screen size to consume multimedia – whether watching videos or looking at files on-the-go. This truly provides Canadians with a unique and true multitasking experience.”

True Multitasking with Multiscreen Feature

With GALAXY Note 10.1’s Multiscreen feature, users can effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can view Web pages or videos, or launch other applications while writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen on the other half of the screen – no need to toggle back and forth between apps.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 features applications to meet the increasing needs of a growing mobile workforce, from interfacing with customers to creative sharing. Featured applications include: S Note, Internet Browser, Video Player, Email, Gallery and Polaris Office.

S Pen & S Note -  Make it Personal

The S Note application is a unique tool that gives users the ability to combine notes and sketches with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. Shape Match converts hand-drawn shapes such a square and lines into clean and perfect versions – perfect for creating charts and formula Match can actually solve formulas hand-written with the S Pen.

The S Pen is embedded directly into a slot in the device and when removed, activates a taskbar with quick access to optimized S Pen apps such as S Note, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch and Polaris Office Alternatively, users can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly.

S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that users can search for content, obtain information, and easily drag and drop content onto S Notes without having to switch between screens.

Adobe Photoshop Touch – Edit Photos Like Never Before

Adobe® Photoshop® Touch, is preloaded on the GALAXY Note 10.1 and is optimized for S Pen, enabling users to control brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen.

Users can also use popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images, or use the high quality GALAXY Note 10.1 camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature. With Photoshop Touch, it’s also a snap to add or remove people or objects from a photo, or blend two photos together.

Photoshop Touch is integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud providing users free access to powerful file syncing and sharing features and 2GB of storage space. Files can be synched to the Creative Cloud and opened in Photoshop on the desktop or laptop for further refinement.

The Ultimate Experience

Samsung is adding even more value to the Note 10.1 through a range of partners with featured applications on the device:

  • To allow seamless collaboration with others, the GALAXY Note 10.1 offers a free two-year subscription to Dropbox, giving users 50 GB of storage space – a $100 value.**
  • Samsung Smart Remote, powered by Peel, utilizes the built-in IR emitter in the GALAXY Note 10.1 to transform the device into a sophisticated universal remote control that can control an entire home entertainment system and even recommend programs.
  • Finally, Polaris Office lets provides robust word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities, while S Pen support makes it a snap to mark up and annotate documents.

Pricing and Availability

GALAXY Note 10.1 will be available for $499 MSRP at major Canadian retail partners beginning September 21st, 2012.

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Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Product Specifications

  • Processor: 1.4 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM
  • Display: 255.8mm (10.1”) WXGA(1280x800) LCD + Digitizer
  • OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Multimedia:
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash and Sub (Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera
  • Video: Full HD(1080p) Playback & HD Recording
  • Audio: Music Player with SoundAlive and a 3.5mm Ear Jack
  • Memory: 32GB User Memory + MicroSD Expansion Slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Dimensions: 262 x 180 x 8.9, 597g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

* *See for terms and conditions of Dropbox offer.

Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries


Reader comments

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 now available in Canada


Dear Canadians:

Before you put much stock in the criticisms of AC's review, check out the actual forum of Note users. A lot of websites were overly harsh on things when it came to this tablet, and almost no one in the forums had problems in the real world. A HUGE criticism was the build quality.......which must be why Samsung DOMINATES in sales on Android and they've been using the same build materials on everything they've released for years.

I agree. I have this and I've found it to be truly the only tablet I have ever owned that has allowed me to use it in a productive way. All the other Tablets that I've owned (iPad, Xoom, the original Samsung Tab 10.1) were nice but in a productive environment they were useless. I love being able to jot down a note real quick using the pen while holding it like a paper notepad rather then awkwardly trying to hold it with two hands and attempting to type with it. I use this with home improvement jobs as well. When I go to a persons house I take a picture of the room I am changing into S-Note and then jot down notes/draw all over the picture with measurements, what walls are coming down or going up, where doors will be located, ect.

I completely agree with this and the other response.

AndroidCentral's review of this tablet was downright poor. The only fair review I've read is from MobileTechReview -- Lisa puts this collaboration of closed minded nerds to shame, they should take note of how she reviews products -- no pun intended;

As far as I'm concerned, the uber-nerds here either have freakishly good vision -- 20:1, the wrong prescription -- so they can see a nat's arse from several feet away, or they were holding the Note 10.1 a half an inch from their face. The criticism of the screen alone was completely ridiculous -- especially after listening their video chat, which is the last time I waste my time on their opinions. Their overall ignorance of what an integrated Wacom represents, left me a bit frustrated. I have very little respect for their tech competence now and I no longer trust any of their reviews.

And Lisa from MobileTechReview does an excellent job on covering the build quality; her review on the Note compared to the Asus Infinity really shows this. I can attest that mine is built to last -- its quality is on par with my Cintiq and the many Wacoms I've owned. It's comfortable to hold for hours at a time -- I've done this often while drawing and until the batteries needed charging -- and it's very solid.

Anyways, I use my Note 10.1 for sketching, note taking, drawing, and so much more. I own several tablets -- iPad, PlayBook, Transformer, to name a few -- and this one is hands down my favorite. It's the first tablet that has been truly useful; it has made me more productive.

OK, I'm done ranting. :)

They should've added a full size SD card slot rather than MicroSD and a full sized USB 3.0 slot to connect peripherals. I would trade a few mm of thickness to have these features.