Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets an official launch

There was much debate over the original Samsung Galaxy Note's status as either a smartphone or a tablet. There's no such debate with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – it's most definitely a tablet, lacking any of the phone functionality of its little brother. Shame, we liked the idea of walking around, Dom Joly style, with a big touch-screen smartphone.

What it does have, as the name suggests, is a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280x800-pixel) display, as well as multi-screen functionality so you can multi-task, viewing webpages, videos or other applications side by side, while writing or sketching ideas. Simon Stanford, MD of Samsung's UK & Ireland telecommunications and networks division said: 'The Galaxy Note 10.1 takes productivity on a Note to a whole new level. With a larger, fully utilisable screen and superior performance, it combines the intuitiveness of handwriting with all the versatility of digital content to let users be more productive across all of life’s demanding tasks—whether working, learning, or simply creating their own stories.'

'The Galaxy Note 10.1 demonstrates Samsung’s commitment to extending the mobile category and we are working with key partners like Adobe to provide extraordinary experiences for our customers enabling them to be more productive and allowing them to express themselves creatively.'

Features of note for the Note 10.1 include the TouchWiz interface running alongside Google Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.4GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, a three-megapixel rear-facing camera, a two-megapixel networking camera, 16, 32 or 64GB of storage, plus a microSD slot to boost that further.

On top of that, you'll find S Note, allowing you to combine notes or sketches together with web content, images and other digital media into 'personalised storyboards' (the key difference between this and a Tab), as well as some neat photo editing and drawing options with Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas, both of which are pre-installed on the Note 10.1 and optimised for use with the S-Pen.

No news on pricing or a shelf date, expect that to follow in the wake of the official announcement.

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