Understanding where the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 fits in Samsung’s tablet line-up

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 medOne of the biggest stories to come out of Mobile World Congress 2012 today was the unveiling of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet was introduced with S-pen support –simply put Samsung’s own digital stylus pen and custom software that has been worked into Android for better stylus integration–, a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) touchscreen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 2MP front and 3MP rear cameras, and HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps) 4G support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS.

Samsung didn’t announce any details on price or a release date.

This isn’t all

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a flagship product for most any other company, but for Samsung it probably will not be the main tablet the company releases this year. I can tell as much by the chosen spec. of the tablet and how Samsung is introducing the new model to the world.

As far as features go Samsung is holding back a lot with the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. For instance we know that other tablet makers like ASUS have tablets with Full HD resolution screens in store for us this year, but Samsung has opted to stick a WXGA (1280×800) LCD on their Galaxy Note 10.1.

Another feature that leaves a little to be desired is the tablets processor, the dual-core inside the Galaxy Note 10.1 is no doubt fast but chip makers –Samsung can be included because they do have a division that designs and manufacturers ARM processors– have quad-core chips they will be launching this year and NVIDIA has beat everyone to the punch already by launching the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip.

Those are just two examples, but really if you look at the specifications (see the full specifications at the end of the post) for the Galaxy Note 10.1 nothing really screams flagship Samsung tablet for 2012.

The undramatic unveil

Samsung has become known for holding a bunch of press events for their flagship products. The Galaxy Note 10.1 didn’t get any fancy press conference for it’s unveil. That is the most telling thing about just where the Galaxy Note 10.1 will fit in Samsung’s developing 2012 tablet family. I think the Note will be just above the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet, another tablet from Samsung that lacks any jaw dropping specifications.

Look forward to the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

If you’re a fan of Samsung’s tablet and for whatever reason you don’t feel satisfied with the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablets, then you should know something big is coming from Samsung. The real successor to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still yet to be unveiled and that tablet could be the first to compete with Apple’s unreleased iPad 3 that everyone thinks is just weeks away from being announced/launched.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 specifications:

NetworkHSPA? 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100EDGE/GPRS   850/900/1800/1900
Processor1.4 GHz Dual-Core Processor
Display10.1” WXGA(1280×800) PLS TFT
OSAndroid 4.0(Ice Cream Sandwich)
CameraMain(Rear): 3 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
Sub(Front): 2 Megapixel Camera
VideoCodec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
Playback/ Recording: 1080p Full HD@30fps, 720p HD@30fps
AudioCodec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC?, eAAC?, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack
Value-addedFeatures & ServicesSamsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner)
Samsung Apps
Samsung Hub
– Readers Hub/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub
Samsung S Suggest (App recommendation service)
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
Samsung AllShare Play?
Samsung Kies/ Samsung Kies air
GoogleTM Mobile Services
– Android Market™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Maps™,
Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google Search, Google ?
Adobe Apps
– Photoshop Touch, Adobe Ideas
Polaris document editor
A-GPS(3G version)
S-GPS(WiFi version)
Exchange ActiveSync
On-Device Encryption
Cisco VPN(Virtual Private Network)
Juniper Junos Pulse VPN
ConnectivityBluetooth technology v 3.0 (Apt-X Codec support)
USB 2.0 Host
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
SensorAccelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope
Memory16/32/64GB User memory ? 1GB (RAM)
microSD (up to 32GB)
Dimension256.7 x 175.3 x 8.9 mm, 583g
BatteryStandard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh


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