Just like last year Samsung waited quite long before launching its new high-end 10-inch tablet, but since this Monday the Galaxy Note 10.1 is finally available. The Android 4.0 tablet is available for around £375 for the 16GB version without 3G, and for the one with 3G you will pay about £470. Hardware.Info tested Samsung's new flagship tablet.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 doesn't have the Tegra 3-SoC we see in most tablets, but instead is built around the proprietary Exynos 4412 that also the Galaxy S III has. That SoC has a quad-core CPU and a quad-core Mali-400 MP GPU. Samsung also decided against implementing a Full HD screen, which is surprising. The PLS panel on the Note 10.1 has a resolution of 1280x800, the same as last year's Galaxy Note, which had a Super Amoled panel.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 belongs to the same series as the smartphone with the same name, and has been positioned above the Galaxy Tab product line, which should now be seen as their mid-range series unlike last year. That is also the reason why the recently launched Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 came with older hardware.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is actually a phone as well. When you connect it to your PC, that is how it is recognised (the SIM-card version at least).
The form factor of the Note 10.1 prevented Samsung from equiping the tablet with a special speaker you can hold to your ear while making a call. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 did have this, but even in that case it was unlikely you would use the device in this manner. You need a headset in order to use the Note 10.1 as a phone, unless you get the special Bluetooth pen also announced on Monday which you can hold to your ear during a conversation. It's similar to the pen ASUS announced in February at the MWC.
But the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a tablet first and foremost, and that is also how we will test it.