Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) hands-on

Move over Google Nexus 10, it looks like there’s a new face in town claiming the top spot as being Samsung’s biggest, baddest, and most feature filled tablet offering. Enter the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, which not only boasts the usual specs improvements, but it also sees a subtle new redesign as well to move it away from the glossy construction of past Android powered Samsung tablets. Additionally, it continues to deepen the functionality of its included S-Pen stylus – arguably its most notable feature.

Finally, Samsung decided to move away from the glossy plastic construction that the company has been sitting on with its tablet designs. Instead, it’s following in the same path as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as its casing is featuring this faux-leather material and stitched outlining appearance. It’s surprising to say the least, but in the back of our minds, we view it more as a pleasant departure – even more when it now exudes this sophisticated look. With this year’s model, too, it’s sporting a lighter frame and thinner profile, which is something we’d come to expect with successive devices and all. Certainly, the redesign establishes this tablet as Samsung’s most high-end tablet offering – whereas the Tab series continues to be showcased as the company’s entry-level line.

So the redesign is a comforting thing to see, but better yet, Samsung has blessed this Galaxy Note 10.1 with an even more exceptional display. Beating out its predecessor, its 10.1-inch Super Clear LCD display captures our attention with its fantastic clarity and detail – both brought on by its jaw dropping resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which matches the Nexus 10. No doubt, it’s super detailed to give everything that’s on screen a solid amount of clarity and sharpness. The brightness output is more than ample, as well as its color reproduction, which simply leads to one eye catching display when all is said and done.

Depending on what version you get, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will feature either the 1.9GHz Exynos Octa-core chipset (Wi-Fi only units), or a 2.3GHz quad-core processor (4G LTE model) – with both accompanied with 3GB of RAM. Performing a few basic tasks, we notice that the tablet maintains a nice responsive feel, with no detrimental issues that we can associate with lag or slowdown.

And then there’s the new TouchWiz Nature UX experience that’s running on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean! Visually, there isn’t a drastic departure with the presentation, but we do see some new enhancements to the functionality of the S-Pen. For those individuals who are big into the whole note-taking concept and keeping organized with the aid of a stylus, they’ll undoubtedly appreciate the extensive new functions found with the S-Pen. On one hand, it’s wonderful that it boasts such a comprehensive tally, but it proves to be overwhelming for those who aren’t familiar with the S-Pen experience.

Eclipsing the Google Nexus 10 in many different categories, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is shaping out to be a serious contender in the high-end tablet space – and it helps that it’s further enhanced by its various new S-Pen functions. Heck, it’s still a rare concept to see with tablets in the Android space! At the end of the day, though, we’re curious to know what pricing this delicious tablet will sport when it launches in various markets starting on September 25th. It might simply prove to be the deal breaker!

Related phones

GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
  • Display 10.1" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 8220 mAh(43h 3G talk time)



1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2351; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That is a beautuful tablet.. i would get it, .. and is that a IR blaster?@PA

19. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

How about in portrait mode?

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


6. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Jeff, you don't know what you talk about. This is a tablet that simply trumps the stock android with its content creating abilities. It is not "raped " but enhanced for serious multitasking and stylus use. You don't get any of that in the nexus

10. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I own the nexus 10 it's an great tablet even though i prefer IPad. But Android tablets apps still not yet there specially for big screen yes some of apps works just fine but lots of apps still lags behind IPad due to the large version of phones apps not an specified apps made only for tablets like IPad. I still like the nexus cause of updates direct from Google plus the nice grip build quality, 2 speakers in front of screen like htc one, camera with flash, excellent screen and Dual core Exyonse 1.7 still kick a"£$

11. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Best tablet ever. What more do you want? Perfect screen for any kind of text reading and multimedia, the versatility with the expensive Wacom digitizer, the absolute best HW package possible and a quite large battery, with the entire screen available with no Android keys cutting a slice off. I guess the iPad 5 will have a strong response but still, Android tablications are developing rapidly and I just prefer the multimedia aspect ration over 4:3.

15. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

premium build up like Z tablet Water/Dust Resistance like Z tablet 6.5mm thick like Z tablet many accessories like Z tablet new design for 2013 like Z tablet that's what I want

18. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

that's some ridiculous level of fanboy!!

16. papss unregistered

Only issue I have isn't really Ss related.. The play store simply lacks in the tab apps compared To my iPad apps. Great job ss

17. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Looks nice, but I'll stick with my Xperia Tablet Z.

20. SonyCraperiaSucks

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 30, 2013


* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.