We just sat down at Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 US launch event. First announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the Galaxy Note 10.1 brings Samsung's Note brand to a 10.1-inch tablet. The final version uses Samsung's 32nm Exynos 4 quad-core A9 SoC, combined with 2GB of RAM and all driving a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display.

Samsung got Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann on stage to talk about his experience with the Galaxy Note 10.1. Ultimately Samsung is touching on a major issue with tablets today: the inability to enjoy the same level of productive multitasking we have on traditional PCs and notebooks.

The Note 10.1 brings multi-window support to Android courtesy of Samsung's own software customizations. The bundled S Pen helps on the creation side as well.

I do feel that Windows 8/RT based tablets will ultimately address a lot of what Samsung has been trying to do with Android over the past couple of years. The real question is whether or not Samsung will bring a lot of its Android experiments to Windows RT  later this year.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available for purchase starting tomorrow, priced at $499 for the 16GB WiFi model and $549 for the 32GB WiFi model (white and dark gray colors available). The tablet comes preloaded with Adobe's Photoshop Touch software that's optimized for use with the bundled S Pen.

Android Tablet Specification Comparison
  ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Google Nexus 7 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Dimensions 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm 263 x 180.6 x 8.4mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm 262 x 180 x 8.9mm
Chassis Aluminum Aluminum + Plastic RF Strip Plastic Plastic
Display 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 Super IPS+ 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 Super IPS+ 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS 10.1-inch 1280 x 800
Weight 586g 594g 340g 597g
Processor 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30 - 4 x Cortex A9)

1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T33 - 4 x Cortex A9)

1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30L - 4 x Cortex A9)

1.4GHz Exynos 4 (4 x Cortex A9)

Memory 1GB 1GB DDR3-1600 1GB 2GB
Storage 32GB/64GB + microSD slot 32/64GB + microSD slot 8/16GB 16/32GB + microSD slot
Battery 25Whr 25Whr 16Whr 26Whr
OS Android 4.0 Android 4.0 Android 4.1 Android 4.0
Pricing $499/$599 $499/$599 $199/$249 $499/$549

The Galaxy Note 10.1 ships with Ice Cream Sandwich, but a Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) upgrade is coming later this year.

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  • retrospooty - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    "Definitely an Apple hater here. Apple sheep are the most ignorant, condescending, and hilarious of all fanbois"

    Exactly... They get all upset because Samsung copied Apple a few years ago. As if Apple doesnt copy others tech on a regular basis. As if Apple hasn't copied a TON of features from Android. As if todays Samsung smartphones arent better than the iPhone in just about every way.

    Apple guys, seriously, take a close hard unfiltered look at the company you champion. It's really not worthy of your admiration. Nice products, yes at times, but the company is full of shit.
  • KoolAidMan1 - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    You know what else is hilarious? Denying yourself good products because you don't want to be associated with a stereotype or want to claim moral superiority.
  • retrospooty - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    "You know what else is hilarious? Denying yourself good products because you don't want to be associated with a stereotype or want to claim moral superiority."

    That is hilarious in itself, however if you are implying that he (or anyone) is denying themselves good products by not going with the iPhone you are sadly mistaken and I suspect have not actually used an Android 4 class phone. The OS is better, more flexible, prettier and and faster than IOS. The hardware available on todays Android phones is far better as well if for nothing other than the screen size.
  • KoolAidMan1 - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    For tablets he is absolutely denying himself. Faster hardware, better displays, better applications, etc.

    As for phones, if you want a larger screen then an Android phone is for you. Otherwise you're still sacrificing applications in a huge way, better vendor support, better OS support, etc. Speed is a moot point given that the 4S is still highly competitive, certainly faster than the majority of Android handsets out there (both due to hardware and the low number of JB devices), plus a new iPhone is less than a month away.
  • retrospooty - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    Agreed older ANdroid devices are lacking, but 4.1 rocks and updates are coming for most recent devices. I wouldnt worry about app support. With Android outselling Apple by more than 4 to 1 , the demand will drive the support. That 4 to 1 is with the admitted inferior Android 2.x. Now that 4.1 is out the gap will only get wider.
  • beret9987 - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    I like the simplicity of iOS devices since they're a cinch to support but I can't personally stand not having an accessible filesystem. What's the point of me typing up something on my iPad if I can't submit via my school's course management system because I need to attach it? No amount of hardware can fix what I consider is a glaring issue in iOS personally.

    Whatever works for most people though, most people seem to buy tablets to just mess around and not get any work done.
  • medi01 - Monday, August 20, 2012 - link

    Better applications on iOS is a toothless joke.
    For starters, apps on iOS can't do even remotely as much as apps on Android. For instance switching off Wi-Fi at night.

    Android tablets allow you to slap on video in pretty much any format and just view it as is. Oh, and and wide aspect ratio of android tablets is also better suited for watching video.

    Most allow you to use external flash cards, hassle free access to the content on your device.
  • Belard - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    All fanbois are fanbois... MS, Apple, Anime, Star Trek, etc.
  • bplewis24 - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - link

    You are one of the most ignorant people on the planet if you think there is any "logic" to your believe that Samsung has "kirf"ed Apple's entire company. You seriously need an education.
  • medi01 - Monday, August 20, 2012 - link

    iZombie much?
    Seriously taking "oh, their email icon is an envelope" arguments?

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