With phablet and smartwatch fronts already taken care of by the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is set to wow users in the tablet arena and further solidifies the Korean giant’s dominance in all mobile categories.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is a welcome refresh to an already spectacular product. Depending on the market, the slate comes with either a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor or an octa-core processor based on Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 architectures. The higher display resolution provides a visual experience similar to what Apple calls Retina viewing. Thinner and lighter than the previous iterations, the new tablet also has better battery capacity.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Specs
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 10.1-inch Super Clear LCD touchscreen (2560×1600), ~299ppi
- 2.3GHz quad-core or 1.9GHz octa-core processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 16/32/64GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 64GB
- 8-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 2-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 3G, HSDPA, LTE
- Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- GPS, A-GPS
- Dimensions: 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9mm
- Weight: 535g
- Li-Ion 8220mAh battery
Naturally, the key feature of the tablet—the S Pen—also received a significant boost in functionality, along with its accompanying S Notes app. There’s the new Air Command that the stylus can invoke anywhere on the screen, opening applicable shortcuts and controls. Multitasking just got easier due to multimode windows, allowing users to transfer content between apps. Even a singular app can be opened in two separate windows.
Maybe in response to the common criticism of the plasticky nature of its older siblings, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) uses a leather-looking rear casing, complete with edge stitching. The tablet actually uses polycarbonate material to achieve that effect, but at least it now feels and looks more premium.
Whether or not Samsung’s latest tablet is device worth buying depends on its price, which the company has yet to announce. Availability is set on Q3 2013, specifically on September 25, with three models: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi with 3G, and Wi-Fi with 4G LTE. Color choices during launch are black and white.