Surprise surprise! Samsung has gone ahead and officially re-announced the new Galaxy Note 10.1. The updated Galaxy Note 10.1 was widely expected to be announced at the upcoming August 15th event from Samsung, but it looks like the Korean company let the ‘Note’ early from the bag.
The updated Note 10.1 packs in a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos SoC along with an ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 10.1-inch screen with a disappointingly low 1280*800 resolution, and a beefy 7000mAh battery, all inside a thin 8.9mm body. Like the Galaxy Note, the Note 10.1 also comes with an S-Pen that can come useful for taking quick notes. The Note 10.1 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with Sammy’s TouchWIZ UI joining the party with some bloat and features like Live Panel, AllShare etc.
The press release from Samsung states that the company expects to sell the Wi-Fi only and 3G variants of the Note 10.1 effective immediately in the United States, United Kingdom, Korea and Germany. The LTE variant of the tablet is expected to land later this year. The company has not announced the pricing of the tablet, but will presumably do so at its event on August 15th.
The resolution of the 10.1-inch screen of the Note is a real disappointment. With the Transformer Infinity and other tablets packing in 1920*1080 resolution or higher, the resolution of Note 10.1 looks downright awful. Hopefully, Samsung will price the tablet competitively to make up for the poor screen resolution.