Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Updated with S-Pen Slot, Quad-core Exynos: iPad Killer on the Way

By Johnny Wills | May 24, 2012 10:04 AM EDT

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We have heard much about Galaxy Note 10.1 - the Samsung tablet unveiled at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. It raised our eyebrows as it supports S-Pen functionality like the Note phablet, but Samsung simply forgot to add the S-Pen slot in the chassis. Even the tablet was meant to hit the stores till now. But at the last minute, the Korean tech giant delayed the release date as a part of its strategy. The recently leaked photos state that S-Pen slot has been added to Galaxy Note 10.1, while the reports about Quad-core Exynos inclusion came last week.

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As figured by German website Tablet Community, Samsung has been modifying the hardware department of Galaxy Note 10.1 to add S-Pen slot. Also the S-Pen is different than what we saw at MWC 2012. It is slim so that it can fit inside the tablet's chassis. Samsung will also be offering an additional accessory for people with bigger hands and fingers. The in-house S-Pen will fit inside a larger stylus accessory so that big guys won't find it difficult to scribble with it.

The recent leaked performance data indicates the possibility of quad-core Exynos 4412 processor under the hood. Tying up with Mal-604T GPU, Galaxy Note 10.1 will give more than double the performance as compared to the previous hardware specs, which is more than enough to take on new iPad in performance department.

Other specs of Galaxy Note 10.1 remain the same. The tablet has 10.1-inch display with 1280 X 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB internal storage, 3.15-megapixel camera with flash support (and 1080p video recording), 2-megapixel front camera, HSPA+ connectivity and Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz UI.

Samsung has also been trying to take on Apple iPad for long with its Galaxy Tabs. However, it enjoyed a lukewarm success - made some fans, but was never able to match the Apple magic. Following the success of 5.3-inch Monster Galaxy Note, the Korean the giant is now trying to utilize the "Note" moniker in its tablet by shifting the flagship model from Galaxy Tab to Galaxy Note 10.1. Surprisingly, Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet has turned into one of the most anticipated Android tablets of the year.

Though it is not loaded up with fancy Retina displays, the update chip and added S-Pen functionality are enough to make it declare war on the new iPad. What do you think about Galaxy Note 10.1? Could it be a better overall performer than Apple iPad?


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