Samsung announced today that its latest tablet, the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1, will launch globally sometime in August. The Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi/3G versions of the tablet will be available soon, with the Wi-Fi/4G LTE version coming "later this year."
The hardware inside the Galaxy Note 10.1 has been much improved since its reveal earlier this year. The tablet now has a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It also features a 5 megapixel camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.
Samsung is touting the tablet as more than the consumption device that tablets normally are. The company states that the tablet will have productivity features that no other tablets on the market have. "As well as being able to consume content such as videos, photos, document, and the Internet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also gives [customers] the power to produce, create, and customise that same content – something they won’t get from any other product on the market.” said Simon Stanford, Vice President in the telecommunications and network division of Samsung UK and Ireland.
Much of what Samsung is highlighting about the tablet is software the company has developed to differentiate itself from other hardware manufacturers who use Android. This focus has led to speculation in the past that Samsung might split off from Android and develop its own operating system for its smartphones and tablets.
Samsung today also provided a video demonstration of how interacting with the Galaxy Note 10.1 will work, highlighting its multitasking and business-related functionality. The screen images and almost the entirety of the video, however, are "simulated," meaning animated. The actual experience of using a Galaxy Note 10.1 will no doubt differ from what can be seen below. Still, the video is interesting in that it demonstrates the features that Samsung believes users will want, including the stylus, dubbed the "S-Pen." You might want to mute the cheesy music accompanying the video, though.