Wednesday, September 04, 2013

IFA 2013: Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 edition

In addition to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Samsung had a few other things to introduce on Wednesday at IFA. One of those was the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition tablet (via TNW).

JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics, said the following in a press release:
The new GALAXY Note 10.1 is the most progressive 10-inch tablet, delivering the best viewing and multitasking experiences. It is the most recent demonstration of Samsung Mobile's focus on constant product innovation to stay aligned with shifting consumer interests.

The GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) unites a range of features that will consistently surprise consumers as they realize how much easier and more enjoyable it makes their everyday lives.
Samsung has made some major improvements since the well-received original model. For one, the resolution is rising from a decidedly average 1280 x 800 to a Transformer Pad-ish 2560 x 1600.

It will also sport either a 1.9GHz eight-core processor (a Exynos Octa) or a 2.3GHz quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) for the LTE version. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition will come with 3GB of RAM.

The device is 7.99 mm thick, which compares nicely to last year's model, which was 8.6 mm thick. Weight is down, too, with the new version weighing 535 g. (545 g. for the LTE version) vs. last year's 565 g.

The device sports a nicely large 8,220mAh battery, which should keep the device running for a long, long time. It carries an 8MP rear shooter and a 2MP front-facing camera. The GN 10.1 2014 edition also features the latest wi-fi (though not final) standard, 802.11 ac, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. It will ship with three storage tiers, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

As you'd expect, the device will ship with the latest version of Android, 4.3.

Samsung will begin shipping the Note 10.1 2014 edition on Sept. 25, with worldwide availability coming sometime in October.

Typical of these types of launches, exact regional availability and pricing are still unknown. One has to wonder if the reason Samsung doesn't typically announce pricing is because they are afraid it will scare folks off.

We'd assume pricing would follow the range of last year's model.

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