Late last year Samsung released the first in their Galaxy Note series, the weird smartphone/tablet combination that packed a monster 5.3-inch screen and the S-Pen stylus. Now Samsung is back with a tablet follow up, imaginatively called the Galaxy Note 10.1 - it packs a similar S-Pen and similar software to provide what they hope is a solid note-taking platform.
For those of you who have been following Samsung's confusing tablet product line-up, you may have noticed that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is essentially the same as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 except with the stylus support. The Galaxy Note 10.1 does get an upgrade to the Exynos 4 Quad chipset over the dual-core TI OMAP used in the Tab 2, but the core design and display remain identical.
Other improvements include a camera resolution increase from 3.15-megapixels to 5-megapixels while adding an LED flash, support for up to 64 GB of microSD storage, and a slimmer body that reduces the thickness from 9.7mm down to 8.9mm while retaining the same 7000 mAh battery.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note measures 147mm (5.78in) tall and 83mm (3.27in) across, which means that it feels absolutely massive when held in the hand. However, despite its large dimensions, the Note remains very thin at only 9.7mm (0.38in) thick. Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Note with impressive internal hardware: a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (with just under 13GB available to the user). It comes with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and Samsung's TouchWiz interface.
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