Samsung Android 4.0 Tablets Get A Voice
By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 12 2012 - 3:01am
BARCELONA, SPAIN –
Samsung attended the Mobile
World Congress (MWC) with two new Android 4.0 tablets
to expand its 4.0 tablet selection to three.
Both new models are equipped with 10.1-inch
screens, and both are equipped with circuit-switched
cellular voice calling.
One of the new models is a 10.1-inch version of the
Android-based 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, the hybrid smartphone-
tablet that comes with a stylus to jot down handwritten
notes and drawings.
Both Notes let users make regular circuit-switched cellular
phone calls, but with a larger screen size, the Note
10.1 is positioned as more of a productivity and learning
tool, the company said. The new model, for example, displays
multiple screens at a time for what Samsung called
“true multitasking.” With the 10.1, users can view Internet
pages, videos or other applications while using the included
stylus to hand-write notes or make sketches.
In another major difference, the 5.3-inch Note features
Android 3.2 OS, whereas the Note 10.1 features Android
4.0 OS. In addition, the 10.1 adds PC-like photo-editing
and drawing programs Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe
Ideas, both designed for touchscreens.
The 10.1 also adds Samsung’s ChatON cross-platform
video-chat service. ChatON connects phones of
any platform by using phone numbers instead of IDs
and passwords to provide instant messaging and group
chatting with voice and video, the company said.
As shown at MWC, the Note 10.1 incorporates
4G HSPA+ 21Mbps cellular technology in the U.S.
850/1900MHz bands and foreign 900/2100MHz bands.
The 5.3 version available in the U.S., however, incorporates
both 4G LTE and 4G HSPA+ technology. The 5.3
is currently available on the AT&T network at $299.
Both Notes feature dual-core 1.4GHz processor,
WXGA 1280x800-resolution screen, front and rear
cameras, DNLA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct and
Samsung Kies Air.
The 10.1 will come in 16, 32 and 64GB versions with a
MicroSD card slot supporting 32GB cards. A Wi-Fi-only
version of the 10.1 will also be available.
To the Galaxy Tab series, the company earlier in February
announced the Tab 2 (7.0) with 7-inch screen, and
at the MWC, the Tab 2 series got a 10.1-inch version
with most of the same features. Both Tab 2 models feature
Android 4.0 OS, and both double as cellphones
because they also make regular circuit-switched cellular
Both Tab 2 models will be available in a Wi-Fi-only
version and a version with both Wi-Fi and 4G 21Mbps
HSPA+ cellular technology.