July 24, 2012 9:39am
A recent unboxing of the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 — which could be released in August — reveals that Samsung did to the tablet what they did to the North American version of the Galaxy S III: add 2GB of RAM to the spec sheet. This future-proofing technique will make it easier for users to take advantage of those PC-like multitasking capabilities we have yet to see in action.
As expected, the Note 10.1 also comes with a 1.4Ghz quad-core SoC, likely the same one that’s inside the international Galaxy S III, as well as a 5MP back camera and, in some cases, HSPA+ support. We’d expect the North American carrier-released version to be LTE-capable, but that will have to wait until later this year.
One potentially disappointing aspect of the Note 10.1 is the 1280×800 resolution screen. We’ve been spoiled with the recent crop of 1920×1200 Android tablets like the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity — and of course the new iPad — so anything less than full HD on a 10.1-inch screen just seems boring. The Note 10.1 also looks to come with a massive 7000mAh battery and an IR blaster alongside the requisite WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS support.
The back of the tablet, like the front, looks almost identical to the Galaxy Tab 2 recently released in Canada. But you can clearly see the slot for the S Pen, which will be the major differentiating feature of the tablet. And though it may not make it over to our shores, it looks like the Note 10.1 can act as either a passthrough for your smartphone or will be able to make calls on its own, much like some variants of the original Galaxy Tab.