Samsung Readies 10.1-Inch Galaxy Note Tablet

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London - Samsung unveiled a 10.1-inch version of its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet with pen-based input for international markets, but a U.S. shipment date wasn't disclosed.

The 10.1 will be available first in a Wi-Fi-only version and Wi-Fi/HSPA+21Mbps version, with a Wi-Fi/LTE version due later this year, Samsung said.

The Note with 5.3-inch screen was

launched by AT&T

earlier this year and has been

announced by T-Mobile

for Aug. 6 shipment date. The 5.3-inch model is sometimes called a phablet because it offers traditional cellular voice calling, but a Samsung spokesperson wasn't certain whether the 10.1 version offers traditional cellular voice calling.

If it becomes available in the U.S., the Galaxy Note 10.1 will join another Samsung Galaxy 10.1-inch tablet in the U.S., the Wi-Fi-only Tab 2 10.1. A previous-generation Tab 10.1 is blocked from shipment in the U.S. by a preliminary injunction imposed by a federal court in a patent lawsuit launched by Apple. A trial in that lawsuit is underway.

The Tab 10.1 and Tab 2 10.1 lack S Pen capability as do other Samsung tablets available in the U.S. Those tablets are the Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and cellular-equipped versions of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 models from Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and U.S. Cellular. Verizon also offers the cellular-equipped Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Both the Note 5.3 and Note 10.1 come with S Pen, which lets users sketch drawings, write notes, or compose handwritten emails and texts. An app called S Memo lets users compile pictures, screen shots, voice recordings, typed text, handwritten notes or drawings into a memo for sharing. A one-step screen-capture function lets users instantly capture any screen for annotation and sharing.

Both Notes' Shape Match and Formula Match apps correct and digitize geometric shapes and solve numeric formulas handwritten with the S Pen, and the S Note app is integrated with search engines so that content can be obtained and then dragged onto handwritten S Notes without switching between screens.

To these features, the Galaxy Note 10.1 adds side-by-side multitasking, Learning Hub for accessing educational text books, and Adobe's Photoshop Touch photo-editing application.

The multiscreen feature lets consumers use two applications simultaneously side-by-side, enabling users to view web pages or videos on one side and use the S Pen on the other side to write or sketch. Users can also capture and crop images from one side and paste them onto the other screen with their personal notations.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 also lets students take notes directly on an e-textbook.

The S Pen slips into the tablet and, when removed, automatically launches an S Pen-optimized application of the user's choice, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch and Polaris Office. Owners can also tap the screen twice while pressing an S Pen button for quick S Note access via an S Note-dedicated widget.

The HSPA+ version of the tablet features quadband HSPA+21Mbps wireless technology on the U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and foreign 1900/2100MHz bands. Other features include 1.4GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0 OS, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash on back, front 1.9-megapixel camera, 1080p playback and recording, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX music codec, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi channel bonding, MHL-enabled video output, MicroSD car slot supporting 64GB cards, 2GM RAM, and embedded-memory choices of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Other features appearing in a Note for the first time and also appearing in the

Galaxy SIII smartphone

include Smart Stay, which tracks the owner's eye to ensure the screen is always on while being looked at, and Pop Up Play, which lets a video play anywhere on the screen while other tasks are being used. Features new to a Note and appearing in the S III include All Share Group Cast, which enables sharing of video, photos or files via Wi-Fi to up to five other Wi-Fi devices at a time on the same network.

Also new is DLNA-based AllShare technology, which simplifies the sharing of videos and photos with AllShare-enabled Samsung devices such as TVs, and AllShare Play, which is a Samsung web service that lets users automatically sync content via Wi-Fi and cellular among six devices, including a mix of Samsung mobile devices and client-equipped PCs.

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