Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 preview: Starting over

GSMArena team, 09 August 2012.
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Taking a second to think can result in second thoughts. In the Galaxy 10.1 Note's case it resulted in a second pair of CPU cores and double the RAM - a lethal combination, which only a select few of its foes dare stand against.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 official photos

This is in case you are wondering why you're a reading another preview of a tablet that should've been launched a good couple of months ago. Sent back to the drawing board shortly after its official announcement, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 starts fresh after a reboot. And we have no choice but start over.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 at a glance:

  • Form factor: Tablet
  • Dimensions: 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 600g
  • Display: 16M-color 10.1" PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixels)
  • OS: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, TouchWiz UI
  • Chipset: 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos 4 Quad chipset, 2GB of RAM
  • Connectivity: Voice and data connectivity with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quad-band (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) UMTS, 21 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps support, video calls, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 30-pin connector
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via a microSD card slot
  • Camera: 5 MP autofocus camera, LED flash with 720p video recording, 1.9MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 7,000mAh Li-Ion
  • Misc: Infrared port, gyro sensor, accelerometer sensor for automatic UI rotation, ambient light sensor, Adobe Flash Player 11 support, DivX/XviD support, TV-out (adapter required), USB host (via an adapter)
  • Proprietary 30-pin connector for charging and connectivity

So, the stylus-driven tablet has the same heart as the Galaxy S III beating beneath the 10-inch screen and twice the RAM to run the rich set of apps trouble-free. The Galaxy Note 10.1 doesn't run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean yet, but it comes preloaded with fantastic apps like Adobe's Photoshop Touch and Ideas. Not to mention Samsung's home-brewed S Note, S Memo and S Planner.

All in all, what was simply the artistic twin of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is now a supercharged version that belongs right in the premium class.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 live photos

Now that we know how the Galaxy Note 10.1 has changed on the inside, let's try and spot the differences on the outside.

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