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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Camera:

You can take photos and HD videos using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. There is even an LED flash for the times when the ambient lighting is simply not enough. On the tablet's front resides a 2-megapixel camera that is good for video chats or for taking self portraits. The camera interface comes loaded with several handy features, such as panorama mode and various color effects. We took a few samples with our prototype unit, including a 720p video, and below you can see the results. Don't make any conclusions yet, however, as the quality of photos taken with a finalized unit might differ.

The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

The camera interface


Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

Outdoor shots taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


Strong - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Medium - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Low light - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Darkness with flash - Indoor pictures - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor pictures



Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Although it isn't anything special, we are satisfied with the stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It covers all the basic features a music player should have, supports the FLAC audio format, and has its own home screen widget. Music can be purchased straight from the tablet using Samsung's Music hub, powered by the 7digital online music store.

The stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

The stock music player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


The volume output of the speakers is decent – not louder than your radio alarm clock by any means, but sufficient for comfortably enjoying a YouTube video or a song from your music library.

Watching videos on the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a pleasure for a number of reasons. Not only that the 10.1-inch screen with aspect ratio of 16:10 provides plenty of display real estate, but the stock video player supports a wide variety of codecs and resolutions, Our MPEG4, DivX and MKV video samples played back smoothly even at 1080p, with seamless rewinding and fast forwarding and without dropping a frame.

Watching videos - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

Watching videos



Expectations:


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Folks, the return of the stylus is nothing to giggle about and make fun of. Take the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as an example – having pen-like input on a tablet can be quite useful when the functionality is executed right and backed up by software that can take advantage of it.

There are more than a few types of users who will appreciate the accuracy of the S Pen, including students and business professionals who need an ultra portable notepad replacement. Digital artists might be interested in the tablet too since the accessory can be used as a pretty versatile paint brush.

But does the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 have anything else to make a name for itself? Well, those who don't care much about the S Pen get an Android tablet with future-proof hardware on the inside, namely a quad-core Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM.

However, it would have been so much better if the display's resolution was higher than oh-so-last-year's 1280 by 800 pixels. Not that the current pixel count does not get the job done, but 1080p tablet screens we've seen more than once already, and we expect to keep on seeing them fitted on high-end tablets from now on.

But anyway, the time to draw any conclusions about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 by has not come yet. Sure, this prototype unit left us with a generally positive impression, but you'll read our final verdict once we get our hands on a finalized unit.


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posted on 14 Aug 2012, 09:15 5

1. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Video please...

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 10:05 3

6. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


That would be nice.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 18:06 4

20. The_Godfather (Posts: 146; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This is called awesomeness. You are the best Sammy :)

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 09:18 3

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Why just a preview PA? Isn't the final unit out already?

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 10:03 3

4. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Yeah it is they just wanted to waste time and preview (not review but preview) a beta version and skip the one that's going into production so they can let you know about a product version that never will be for sale. That was some early morning sarcasm. Lol

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 10:42 2

10. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


lol. anyway, I'm hoping someone would do a comparison between the Note II, Note 10.1 and S3 when they're all available... and which suits different persons best.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 11:45 1

14. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I am glad there are still people on this site that take a joke. You my friend are awesome.

I bet that there will be a comparison like that. It is a good idea and there usually a comparison on every posesable combo on the high end models

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 03:22 1

21. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


a lot of people lost patience with the lawsuit. it turned them into warfreaks. :))

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 09:53 3

3. itiswhatitis (Posts: 421; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


How I wish i buy this instead of iPad!

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 10:04

5. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


PhoneArena please don't forget to include in your video review the Native 3G Video and Voice call between capable Samsung devices and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 3G as well as VoIP Video and Voice call, SMS and MMS. Thanks! :-)

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 10:36 2

9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


and if you can use other accessories like earphones (bluetooth etc) for calling and if it can be used as a daily driver phone!

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 10:12 1

7. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, the projects I had in mind would have greatly benefitted from a much higher resolution screen. I think I'll just keep looking until I find something actually suitable.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 10:26 1

8. sonisoe (Posts: 324; Member since: 06 May 2009)


how's the Ui responsiveness despite its a preview unit... i've had hands on with a number of samsung tabs, i cant remember which ones as there're so many versions of 'em, but they all lag... homescreen, app tray just stuttery... the fact that people buy them (not as many as ipad tho) just baffles me...

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 11:51 1

15. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I think it is the operating system that is the culprit on the lagging not the hardware most of the time. The biggest culprit is usually the darn bloatware and the skins such as touchwiz and sense that do the lagging. I hope jelly bean does as good on these bigger tablets on lagging as it did with my galaxy nexus

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 13:04 1

19. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You are aware this tablet is utterly useless if it weren't for the "bloatware" of S Pen applications and multitasking panels? If it can't fly smoothly with the basic suite of productivity apps built especially for the S Pen on top of Touchwiz, then it just goes to show that Android can't handle ANY sort of enhancements beyond barebones vanilla. If Android can't be enhanced by anyone else without it lagging, than the whole open platform thing is pretty meaningless, if you HAVE to have it lag-free that is. Because currently Android can't carry anything beyond its own weight, so it's really no better than iOS or anything else.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 11:16 1

11. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


Sonisoe so true. You're right. I've noticed the same thing. This tablet is chunk if crap! Sammy needs to step it up

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 11:17

12. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


Is a chunk of *

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 11:43 1

13. zekes (Posts: 207; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


for 200$ its a hit

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 12:04 2

16. Mr_Carter2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Keyboard reminds me of the ios keyboard on the iPad. Seems like a good tablet though.

posted on 14 Aug 2012, 12:55 1

18. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Oh great another "its a prototype and we aren't saying jack" preview. You know you can still comment on a prototype right? This was basically a spec and software rundown of things everyone already knew. Didn't even say jack about the quality of the PLS display other than talk about the resolution, which is just a spec rundown. If its suppose to be superior to IPS, is it or not? The prototype excuse doesn't fly for a prototype this late in the game. The display is not gonna magically get better one month before release, nor 3 or 4 months, because it is a hardware part that requires setup and manufacturing time.

The only things of worth are the pictures and camera samples and video. I really would like reviewers to cut the BS about "these are not final images" crap. They are final images. It may change here or there with software tweaks, but 99% of the quality is gonna remain the same. The video isn't gonna change either. It even uses the same crap audio capture of the GS3. Anyone who has read prototype reviews, and especially written prototype reviews, should know by now that these late prototypes don't change much at all when it comes to the camera. If it was so screwed up late in the production cycle that the last spurt would dramatically change image quality, it would have to be software based since the optics were decided and sourced long ago, and that would be even more troubling because it would be like Samsung was building their very first camera phone or tablet, ever.

Man I could have written this article without even having a Note 10.1.

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 05:19 1

22. tiara6918 (Posts: 1388; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


The note 10.1 could have been better if samsung went on with a 1080 display and a metalic back cover(even though most people use cases I would still prefer a metalic one as it is nice to hold on to). Looks like sammy made the front design a bit identical to the galaxy tab 10.1n to avoid hearing another thing from iSue...

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 08:41 2

23. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


iPad... PREPARE TO GET VANQUISHED!

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 11:17

24. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


raymond youre an idiot. how is this piece of s**t gonna vanish the ipad? the ipad is superior to this plastic toy. get it together and read the article. the ppi is extremely low. too low to compete with the ipad. you idiot!

posted on 15 Aug 2012, 11:32 1

25. ramoman (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


please !!! what is your video camera you are using kind (the camera you use to make review videos)

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 15:34 1

26. kingstandup (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


This look legendary! I can't wait to get my hands on one!

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:59 1

27. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I am waiting for touch sensitive buttons on the edge on these tablets. Something different than the iPad, so no companies will get accused for copying... something different please!

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 06:49 1

28. SamsungIsLikeHeroin (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


Confused. Does this have a phone or not? (Not Skype but a real phone ap...and if so, why isn't it attached to a carrier? Can't seem to get a straight answer out of "Google Search"... thanx!

SILH

posted on 19 Aug 2012, 12:22

29. Briandb (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


Hi, i read that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will released in March, 2013. reference:http://www.plonki.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s4-die-super-iphone-konkurrenz-steht-in-den-startloechern,463301.html. please can anybody let me know if this is true?!

Thanks a lot in advance & Rgds

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Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

OS: Android 4.4 4.1.2 4.1 4.0
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 (4412), Quad core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size10.31 x 7.09 x 0.35 inches
(262 x 180 x 8.9 mm)
21.16 oz  (600 g)

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