Samsung launched its Note series of devices by releasing Samsung Galaxy Note device, a cross breed between tablet and a phone. The main feature of Note devices is the stylus compatibility using which you can take down notes on the device. When Samsung launched the Note phablet device, it was subject to a lot of criticism saying that it was too big to be carried around in a pocket, but the number of units sold tells a different story. The original Galaxy Note was sold around 1 million units, and following the success of the Note, Samsung went ahead and launched the Note II device recently, and the South Korean technology titan expects it to be sold 3 times as much as the predecessor.
In between Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, Samsung launched a full fledged tablet device under the Galaxy Note series, and it was called as Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The device was officially launched in August, and as the name suggests, it’s a 10.1 inch tablet, and is the second addition to the Galaxy Note family. Like other devices under the brand, even the Note 10.1 emphasizes the use of a stylus, officially named S-Pen (S standing for Samsung) as an input device for tasks such as sketching and note-taking. Several months after the launch, the tablet is back on the news, and this time it’s a LTE version of the device.
Galaxy Note 10.1 is a desirable tablet, but with the ever expanding 4G LTE network from various carriers, a LTE version is more desirable, and apparently Samsung has taken this into account and has launched a LTE version of the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet. The bad news, however, is that the device is limited for now to Korea . The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is currently available from three Korean carriers – SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ – and since the device has LTE connectivity option, features such as VoLTE and Voice over LTE (allows voice calls to be carried over an operator’s LTE pipeline) are parts of the package.
Apart from the LTE connectivity option, there are several new features which have been ported from the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note II. Some of the notable features are Air View, which allows you to view preview of videos and email by just hovering the included S Pen stylus over the screen. Apart from that, there’s the multiwindow feature which enables the user to divide the screen into two for multitasking, which is a nifty feature to have on a tablet device.
The tablet is still powered by Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor @ 1.4 GHz along with 2 gig of RAM. The LTE variant is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variations. There is no information on when other variants will receive the software update. Nevertheless, Samsung is expected to offer the variant in question in LTE enabled markets by end of the year. What are your thoughts on this?