We’ve just had some hands-on time with the Galaxy Note 10.1, an Android Ice Cream Sandwich that Samsung is pitching as an update to its digital drawing phone-slash-tablet, the Galaxy Note.
We snapped a few photos as we got our greasy paws over one of our favourite new tablets so far:
The 10.1-inch IPS screen puts it in the same class as the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but with a highly responsive touch-screen optimised for drawing or handwriting.
The bezel is completely button-free, with the front and back both flat, clear expanses of glass. It looks great, but the display units we saw were incredibly smudge-philic.
A three-megapixel camera sits at the rear for the odd photograph, with a two-megapixel lens at the front for video calling. Like Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 (and its updated model), there's a 1.4GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. You can pick from 16, 32 or 64GB of storage, plus a microSD slot to boost that further, with all that sitting in a chassis that's a slender, one-handed-use-friendly 8.9mm thick.
The tablet comes with several drawing apps, including a suite of Adobe illustrating apps such as Ideas for drawing, and PS Touch, a lite version of PhotoShop that allows similar editing and working with different layers.
The stylus itself has an extra feature too – flip it over and rub with that tip to erase brush strokes.
Meanwhile, the touch-screen now senses 256 levels of pressure versus the original Note’s 128, so that applying varying pressure results in pen strokes of different weights. Above, we've been drawing in the Adobe Ideas app, essentially an illustrator's tool – and speaking of, Photoshop and Illustrator files are fully supported here too.
Where the original Galaxy Note had niche appeal because of its inbetweener phone-or-tablet size, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an extremely well-built, high-spec device with great appeal as a regular tablet as well as the more specialised art and design applications. We're looking forward to putting it through its paces for a full review.
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