Today, Samsung announced the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1, an extension of the Galaxy Note category. The Galaxy Note 10.1 offers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display. It is armed with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. We have no confirmation on the pricing yet.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 incorporates intuitive features and capabilities such as side-by-side multitasking. This is thanks to its 'Multiscreen' on a 10.1-inch large screen; S Pen with a variety of S Note templates and productive tools (Shape Match and Formula Match), Learning Hub for accessing educational curricula and Adobe's Photoshop Touch. With the Multiscreen feature, it's possible to use two different applications simultaneously. So web pages and videos can be viewed, or applications launched using one half of the screen, at the same time as the other half is used for writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen. You can also capture and crop images, and paste them onto the other screen to make personal notes. Featuring its advanced 6.5 mm S Pen, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is optimised for the creation of personalised and expressive content in the most natural and intuitive way. The S Pen's feel and functionality are specifically designed for an optimal experience on the 10.1-inch screen. The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and, when removed, automatically launches specially optimised applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch and Polaris Office.
Samsung is also pitching the new tablet as an interactive learning tool. Students can take notes directly on an eTextbook during lectures, or research the Web at the same time as writing an essay. Samsung's Learning Hub service is optimised for Galaxy Note 10.1 allowing owners to access extensive multimedia educational content, whatever their age. This content includes eTextbooks, video lectures, interactive coaching and much more, and can be shared with multiple Samsung devices. Furthermore, Learning Hub comes with a learning management system providing schedule management, performance management, and achievement management tools, so students of any age can learn at their own pace. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
The tablet will be available in 2 versions: Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi with 3G HSPA-Plus connectivity. Both versions will be available at launch, and a WiFi-and-LTE version will be available later this year.
Datawind, the manufacturer who has been awarded the Aakash tablet project in India, has launched the same tablet (the Aakash 3) for the consumer market. Dubbed as Ubislate 7C+, the tablet is the exact same as the Aakash 3 tablet which is subsidised by the Indian government for students.