Samsung launches Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet


5 Jul 2012
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Samsung Electronics new tablet, unveiled in the United States, is the South Korean electronics giant's latest attempt to wrestle market share from Apple, but is not being heralded as an iPad killer.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet launches on Thursday in the United States, Britain and South Korea, just weeks before Samsung is expected to unwrap its revamped version of the original 5.3-inch Note smartphone.

Samsung, which Apple accuses of copying the design and some features of its iPad and iPhone, hopes the enlarged version of its popular phone-cum-tablet Note will resonate with consumers, and the device - with a stylus-type pen and split-screen feature - has picked up positive early reviews from tech bloggers.

That said, the price - $499 for 16 gigabytes of memory and WiFi-only, the same as the iPad - and competition from increasingly smart phones, have left analysts doubting the new device will see off the iPad.

"When you look at the price and overall consumer awareness about Samsung tablets, it's not likely to be a big success," said Park Young, an analyst at Woori Investment & Securities in Seoul. "Tablets are getting cheaper and even Apple is rumored to be preparing a cheaper iPad. Consumers also tend not to spend much on tablets any more as smartphones can do most of the entertainment functions that tablets offer."

Samsung has been keen to differentiate the Note 10.1 from rival tablets, which are primarily used to consume media - highlighting the device's ability to personalize and create. At Wednesday's launch event in New York, "Moulin Rouge" movie director Baz Luhrmann and fashion designer Zac Posen were on hand to demonstrate how they use the S-Pen stylus in their work.

The Galaxy 10.1 is named after its screen size, which is slightly larger than the 9.7-inch iPad, and has impressed with a split-screen feature that allows users to have two apps active side-by-side.

Samsung hopes the bigger version of the original Galaxy Note, which has sold more than 10 million units since its October launch, can help it narrow the gap with Apple in tablet markets, where it remains a distant second to the Cupertino, California-based firm.

Apple sold 28.8 million iPads in January-June, giving it 64.4 per cent of the market, well ahead of Samsung's 9.9 per cent market share, according to research firm IHS iSuppli.

The Note 10.1 uses Google's Android software and a quad-core processor with 1.4 GHz clock speed. It boasts a 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, which also detects the user's eye movements to prevent the device from going into standby mode.

The 32 GB model will sell for $549, versus iPad's $599.
- 10.1-Inch PLS TFT Display
- Android 4.0
- 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Smart Stay
- Wi-Fi
- 5MP Camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 7000 MAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Specifications
Technology / Frequency Bands GSM : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz HSDPA : 900/1900/2100 MHz

Type Li - Ion
Capacity 7000 mAh
Standby 7 hours
Talktime -

Dimensions 262x180x8.9 mm
Weight 597 g
Form Factor bar
Colors Black

Size 1280x800 pixels
Type color : TFT
Colors 16000000 colors
Secondary Display no

Camera / Imaging / Video
Camera Yes 5.0 Megapixel
Resolution 2592x1944 pixels
Zoom yes
Flash yes
Video Out yes
Secondary Camera yes

Secondary Camera
Flash no

Bluetooth Yes
Irda No
Wlan/Wi-fi Yes
USB yes
GPS yes

3G Yes
Internet Browsing Yes , WebKit Open Source Browser

Audio Playback Yes
Video Playback Yes
Ringtones 64 Polyphonic,MP3,MIDI,AMR,WAV
FM Radio No
3.5mm Headphone Jack yes

Inbuilt 16 GB
Memory Slot Yes microSD/TransFlash

Email Yes

Operating System Android 4.0

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Samsung taking Galaxy Note 10.1 pre-orders in India

Samsung India has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet on its e-store. However, the tablet which has been launched in US, UK and South Korea, is yet to be launched in the country.

Buyers are required to pay Rs 2,000 in order to book the tablet, which is available under its code name, Galaxy Note N8000, on the Samsung India e-store. The South Korean manufacturer is offering a free book cover worth Rs 3,249 with every booking of the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Interestingly, those who book the Galaxy Note 10.1 in India in advance will have to pay the balance amount within 3 days of the launch of the device. The company will send emails to buyers who have pre-ordered the tablet to intimate them about the launch. Samsung is not offering Cash on Delivery service for the tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the latest tablet from the stables of the South Korean company. It features a 10.1-inch PLS TFT display, with S Pen (stylus), multiscreen and multitouch compatibility. The device is powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM.


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