Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) with free content
We were wondering whether or not we would see the rumored 12.2-inch tablet that has been popping up with Samsung's name on it, but instead, today's Unpacked event, Samsung has unveiled a refresh to its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. And, as an interesting bonus for Note users, Samsung says there will be free content and features from providers like New York Times, Evernote and others. Aesthetically, the Note 10.1 2014 edition has the same faux-leather and stitching look of the Note 3.
The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2014 edition is a pretty solid update to the tablet. The display is obviously still 10.1-inches but has gotten a ton of new pixels, up from the last Note 10.1's 1280x800 resolution to a 2560x1600 display. That means the pixel density on the 2014 Note 10.1 has doubled, and is now just under 299PPI. The Note 10.1 2014 will also feature a 1.9GHz Octa Core processor (2.3GHz in the LTE model), 3GB of RAM, and your choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage, though there is of course a microSD card slot for expanded storage.
The rear camera has gotten a slight bump to 8MP, and the front camera is the same 2MP shooter that we saw on the last Note 10.1. Samsung has also been able to trim down the Note 10.1, which now measures 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9mm and 535g, which should make for a noticeable size difference, because the bezels have been made much smaller all around. And, even though the device is smaller, Samsung has been able to put in a larger battery at 8220mAh, compared to the 7000mAh battery in the last generation model. The Note 10.1 will also come preloaded with Android 4.3 just in time for the (presumed) release of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Of course, the new Note 10.1 will feature all of the same S Pen and multi-window improvements and Samsung KNOX features that were shown for the Galaxy Note 3. But, the Note 10.1 will also have Samsung Content Gifts including content from leading news sources such as Bloomberg, Businessweek, The New York Times, Autodesk Sketchbook for GALAXY for painting and sketching, and much more. The most important of them all though is that Samsung has an exclusive redesign of the official Twitter app, that will finally look good on a 10-inch Android tablet. That alone makes us jealous.
Despite the fact that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is labeled the 2014 edition, it will be available in October and come in three models: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi and 3G, and Wi-Fi and LTE. Black and white will be available first with 5 other colors coming eventually. No specific release dates or pricing yet.