The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The tablet runs Android 4.1.2 and serves as a platform for multimedia consumption including movies, music, and web browsing. It is the second entry in the Samsung Galaxy Note range, which emphasizes the use of a stylus, officially named S-Pen (S standing for Samsung), as an input device for tasks such as sketching and note-taking.
The Note 10.1 was originally unveiled on 27 February 2012 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. The tablet was released in Germany, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates on 6 August 2012. This final version of the tablet incorporates a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor. The tablet comes with 16, 32 and 64 GB of internal storage, and 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. The Note 10.1 was launched in the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Korea on 16 August.
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An upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has since been made available, both as an over-the-air update and through Samsung Kies. Samsung has customized the interface with its TouchWiz UX software. Certain Samsung applications offer a “Split screen” option by which two apps share the screen of this tablet. Samsung’s latest Premium Suite update adds features like S-Voice, Enhanced S-Pen Capabilities, etc.
The Note 10.1 was well received by numerous technology outlets. Dave Oliver of Wired UK technology magazine gave a rating of 9 out of 10. The Note 10.1 was praised for its versatility, fast processor, writing interface, expandable memory and quality camera and described as a worthy challenger to the iPad. TechCrunch stated that the tablet was “awesome, great, and brilliant,” with a bunch of S-pen optimized apps as a great feature. However, The Verge gave the tablet a 5.4 out of 10, concluding that it was “a disappointing Android tablet” and claimed the Note 10.1 had “sluggish performance”. Engadget, although praising the capability of the Wacom S-Pen felt that the tab “feels like a niche device.”