If you didn’t know already, the brand new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will be landing October 10th. If you’re considering purchasing or pre-ordering a new Galaxy Note 10.1, read on to find out more about this year’s 10 inch tablet from Samsung.
No one was complaining about the hardware in the Galaxy Note 10.1 from last year, and it managed to pack quite a punch in the market thanks to a good combination of software features and heavy-hitting hardware. The display quality wasn’t winning any races though, and Samsung has redeemed itself with the 2014 Edition. This year’s 10.1 tablet will have a decent 2560×1600 resolution Super Clear LCD display, giving the tablet a PPI of 299, exactly spot on with the Nexus 10.
The tablet will also have a beefy 3GB RAM, and Samsung’s homegrown Exynos 5420. According to rumors, Samsung may once again split things up depending on the network model you’ve purchased. For example, the LTE version will land you with a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU, whilst the 3G version will come with the Exynos 5420, which is powered by a big.LITTLE quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7.
Both of these variants will have enough oomph to get through anything the Android operating system is currently capable of, which is great, because in terms of software, Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay is probably the most demanding out there.
The S Pen is still a very important part of Samsung’s vision of the Note series of devices, and whether you used the S Pen on last year’s Galaxy Note 10.1 or not, Samsung have made sure that this year you have more reasons than ever to use it.
We’ve seen many of the S Pen features already on previous handsets, and all of these features will be available on the S Pen software suite on the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. These features include the likes of Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder, and many other tools we’ve seen on previous Note devices.
A new feature to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is My Magazine- this is a Flipboard style built-in app that allows users to organize social feeds, news they are interested in and other snippets of content into a personalized virtual magazine. We’ve seen this kind of software elsewhere now, such as on the HTC One, so it’d be interesting to see Samsung’s own take on it.
One thing that really turned me away from last year’s Galaxy Note 10.1 were reports of a terrible squeaking, plasticy feeling that was always present when holding the tablet in your hands. It seems Samsung have worked on this, and this year round they have introduced a similar design to the recent Galaxy Note 3.
The 2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1 will have a textured stitched back cover which should hopefully lend itself as a squeak and creak free experience. As with many new iterations of smart devices, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will be lighter and have a thinner profile than it’s predecessor.
Pricing and Release
Samsung and other Samsung Experience shops at partnered retailers will start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition on the 27th September, and will release the tablet on October 10th. For $549.99 you will be able to grab yourself the 16GB version, and for $599.99 the 32GB version. When compared to the Nexus 10’s cheap cut price, it’s a hard thing to jump for, so Samsung are attempting to offer more for their slightly more premium prices. Samsung will be offering benefits like 3 months free of Hulu Plus and SiriusXM, and one year of free Boingo Hotspot access through it’s Galaxyperks scheme.
With a similar price to Apple’s latest iPad, the purchase of a Galaxy Note 10.1 will come down to how much you can benefit from the tablet’s features. This year round, Samsung have improved many multi-tasking features such as Multi-Window and included newer S Pen features on top, so if you prefer this over the stock experience of the Nexus 10, I believe you’ll find it to be a worthy buy.