In direct competition to Apple’s iPad, Samsung has launched stylus-based Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, claiming to redefine tablets with the “more interactive” Galaxy Note 10.1.
The stylus-based Galaxy Note 10.1 provides more nuanced control of applications. The S-Pen, which is similar to a stylus, interacts through the screen through radio waves, allowing for a much more exact placement of the pen’s tip.
Galaxy Note 10.1 features a 10.1 inch (25.6 cm) screen, runs on a quad-core Samsung 1.4Ghz processor and has 2GB of RAM. The units will feature either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The Note runs the Ice Cream edition of Android, but will be upgraded to Jelly Bean in the near future.
The tablet is also equipped with a notepad application called the S-Note which explores the abilities of the S-Pen. The S-Note user can write or draw on, with a many features to help sharpen the material available on screen. It can match shapes and remove excess scribbles, recognise words and even mathematical formulas. The S-Note can convert handwriting to text and search on highlighted phrases.
A customised copy of Adobe Photoshop Touch, which enables the users to do fine-grained, professional-quality photo editing, is also featured in the Galaxy Note 10.1. The tablet also comes with universal television remote software, which offers recommendations based on previous TV viewing habits.
The Note 10.1 has a suggested retail price of $499 (£318) for the 16GB model and $549 (£350) for the 32GB Model. Samsung’s release of the new tablet comes at a strategic point when Microsoft, among other Apple competitors, has charged that iPads are not suited for content creation.