We were pretty impressed with the original Galaxy Note; but we were also pretty curious as to what the platform would be like with a much larger canvas to work with. Thankfully, we won’t have to wonder anymore–as Samsung has just officially introduced the Galaxy Note 10.1, available Nationwide tomorrow (unless you happen to be near BBY’s Union Square store in New York City, in which case you can pick one up today). Rather than just settle for a blown-up version of its smaller Note, Samsung has pulled out all the stops in Designing the 10.1. On the hardware side, the Note 10.1 is a beast–boasting a 1.4GH quad core processor, 2 gigs of ram, 2 cameras, HD video and playback, and of course, the brilliant S Pen that makes all of the touchscreen magic happen. On the software side, the new Note runs Android 4.0…but it’s the rest of the software that’s included on the Tablet that really surprised us, including Adobe Photoshop Touch, which really takes advantage of the S Pen and allows users to be creative with images in ways never before possible with an Android tablet. With the new Multiscreen feature, Note 10.1 users can now open and use 2 applications side-by-side, simultaneously–an industry first. Samsung also borrowed some functionality from its very successful Galaxy S III line and included such features as Smart Stay, which uses the device’s front-facing camera to detect when your looking at your tablet, and keeps the screen illuminated. Honestly, there are too many new features to name in a single post, but our own Lee Weisenfeld attended the launch event in New York–so make sure you check back with us for his hands-on report. In case you can’t wait, the full PR (including specs, pricing and more) awaits you after the jump.
New York, August 15, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced its highly anticipated GALAXY Note 10.1 for the U.S. market. The device will be available for purchase tomorrow – August 16th, 2012 – across the U.S.atauthorized retailers.
At a launch event in New York City, Samsung will be joined by fashion designer Zac Posen, who has created looks for the most elite stars, and acclaimed writer, producer, director Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet, Moulin Rouge and the forthcoming The Great Gatsby). Each will provide a window into their own creative process, and how the Galaxy Note 10.1 will unleash new levels of inspiration in their work.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 extends the GALAXY Note category, building on the success of last year’s worldwide hit smartphone – and delivering the functionality and precision of a pen and paper by combining the S Pen with a 10.1-inch large display.
Adobe’s premium creative application, Photoshop® Touch is preloaded and optimized for Samsung’s S Pen to deliver unprecedented precision and control.
The device also introduces the game changing Multiscreen feature, which allows users to actually operate two different apps side-by-side, simultaneously, on the same screen.
Thanks to a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM, the Galaxy Note 10.1 can handle it all without missing a beat.
“Our goal with the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 was simple – redefine the tablet experience,” said Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics America. “The S Pen offers both active content creation as well as passive content consumption, while the Multiscreen capability finally enables true multitasking. For the user, the resulting experience is completely new and quite unexpected.”
True Multitasking with Multiscreen Feature
With GALAXY Note 10.1’s Multiscreen feature, users can effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can view Web pages or videos, or launch other applications while writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen on the other half of the screen – no need to toggle back and forth between apps.
Further, users can even capture and crop images from an app on one side, and drag them to an app on the side – for enhanced creativity and productivity.
Apps supported for Multiscreen are S Note, Internet Browser, Video Player, Email, Gallery and Polaris Office . The Galaxy Note 10.1 thus meets the increasing needs of a growing mobile workforce, from interfacing with customers to creative sharing.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 also offers the Pop up Play feature first introduced on the GALAXY S III Smartphone. With it, users can play back videos in a floating window that can be overlaid anywhere on the screen, providing a “picture in picture” experience. New for the GALAXY Note 10.1 is the ability to adjust the size of the video window.
In addition, GALAXY Note 10.1 offers a mini-apps tray that can launch a selection of mini-app on top of others apps and freely moved around the screen. These include Alarm, S Note, Music Player, Email, Calculator, World Clock.
S Pen & S Note Make it Personal
Featuring an advanced S Pen with 1,024 levels of sensitivity, GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed for natural and intuitive content creation. The S Pen is embedded directly into a slot in the device andwhen removed, activates a taskbar with quick access to optimized S Pen apps such as S Note, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch and Polaris Office. Alternatively, users can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly.
The S Note application is a unique tool that gives users the ability to combine notes and sketches with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. Shape Match converts hand-drawn shapes such a square and lines into clean and perfect versions – perfect for creating charts. Formula Match can actually solve formulas hand-written with the S Pen.
S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that users can search for content, obtain information, and easily drag and drop content onto S Notes without having to switch between screens.
Adobe Photoshop Touch – Edit Photos Like Never Before
Adobe® Photoshop® Touch, normally a $9.99 purchase, is preloaded on the GALAXY Note 10.1. Further, since it is optimized for S Pen, users are able to control brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen.
“Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1, with its pressure-sensitive S Pen, truly unleashes the power of Adobe Photoshop Touch and provides a great tool for creative expression,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “More than ever, people around the world want to create, wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. We look forward to seeing what they imagine with the S Pen and Photoshop Touch.”
Users can also use popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images, or use the high quality GALAXY Note 10.1 camera to fill an area on a layer with the unique camera fill feature.
With Photoshop Touch, it’s also a snap to add or remove people or objects from a photo, or blend two photos together.
To get users started quickly, in-depth step-by-step tutorials are provided to help users learn techniques the pros use for great-looking results.
Photoshop Touch is integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud providing users free access to powerful file syncing and sharing features and 2GB of storage space. Files can be synched to the Creative Cloud and opened in Photoshop on the desktop or laptop for further refinement.
The Ultimate ebook Experience
Samsung is adding even more value through a range of partners.
Kno, a pioneer in education software, will offer its e-textbook platform preloaded on the GALAXY Note 10.1. With it, k-12 or higher education students can say goodbye to heavy backpacks filled with books and instead, download any of thousands of interactive textbooks. Even better, with the new Social Sharing feature announced today, they can utilize the S Pen to highlight and annotate the texts, and share those annotations with other students and teachers in the context of their book.
The popular NOOK® free reading app from Barnes & Noble will also be preloaded on the GALAXY Note 10.1 as well as a customized NOOK for Android™ Widget allowing quick and easy access to titles directly from the desktop.
A range of other partners are involved as well, delivering a complete solution.
To allow seamless collaboration with others, the GALAXY Note 10.1 offers a free two-year subscription to Dropbox, giving users 50 GB of storage space – a $100 value.*
Samsung Smart Remote, powered by Peel, utilizes the built-in IR emitter in the GALAXY Note 10.1 to transform the device into a sophisticated universal remote control that can control an entire home entertainment system and even recommend programs.
Finally, Polaris Office lets provides robust word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities, while S Pen support makes it a snap to mark up and annotate documents.
Superior Hardware Performance and Connectivity
GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed with advanced hardware technology, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. Seamless multi-tasking, high-standard graphics, and blazing-fast performance without any lag are essential features of GALAXY Note 10.1. The device also includes a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 carries over several features first introduced with the hit GALAXY S III smartphone, making it an ideal companion tablet for owners of that devices. ShareShot which makes it a snap to automatically share photos in real time between the GALAXY Note 10.1 and the GALAXY S III.
Smart Stay, first introduced with the GALAXY S III, uses the camera in the GALAXY Note 10.1 to prevent the device from going into standby mode while it detects a user in front of the device.
Finally, with AllShare® Play, users can share content with a large group in real-time by connecting GALAXY Note 10.1 to Samsung HD TVs, phones, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network. With Group Cast, users can also share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or images in real time, without loading the files separately.
Available Aug 16th Across the U.S.
GALAXY Note 10.1 will be available beginning Aug 16th nationwide at partners including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, HH Gregg, CDW, BrandSmart, Conn’s and Fry’s.
In a special promotion, Samsung will also be making the Galaxy Note 10.1 available at BBY’s Union Square store in NYC beginning at noon EST today, Aug 15th.
The device will be available in choice of white or dark gray, and in 16 GB or 32 GB memory configurations, for $499 or $549 SRP, respectively.
Available accessories include replacement S Pen, S Pen Holder Kit, Book Cover in Grey or White, Travel Charger, USB Connection Kit to allow usage of thumb drives or USB peripherals, HDMI adapter and Universal Desktop Dock.
For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.
Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Product Specifications
|1.4 GHz quad-core processor|
|255.8mm (10.1”) WXGA(1280×800) LCD + Digitizer|
|Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED FlashSub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera|
|Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebMFull HD(1080p) Playback & HD Recording|
|Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, FlacMusic Player with SoundAlive3.5mm Ear Jack|
S Pen Optimized Features
|S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner)(* more S Pen optimized apps are available via Samsung Apps)|
|Adobe® Photoshop® Touch|
|Shape Match, Formula Match|
|Samsung AllShare Play / Samsung AllShare Cast / ShareShot|
|Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air|
Content Features & Services
|Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel|
|Samsung Hub- Music Hub / Game Hub / Media Hub|
|Samsung S Suggest|
|Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service|
|Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Play Music
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads
|Exchange ActiveSyncOn-Device EncryptionCisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)Juniper Junos Pulse VPN|
|Bluetooth technology v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support)USB 2.0 HostWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel BondingmHL, 3.5mm, IR LED(Smart Remote: Universal Remote Control)|
|Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope|
|16/32 GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)microSD (up to 32 GB)|
|262 x 180 x 8.9 mm, 597g|
|Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh|
＊ All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
＊ Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.
* See www.dropbox.com/help/338 for terms and conditions of Dropbox offer.
Adobe and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries
About Samsung Electronics America
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