I bet you thought that when Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2, that the company was finished unveiling 10.1" tablets for the week. Not so! Today Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, a full-size tablet packed with the Galaxy Note's trademark S Pen. Oh, and did we mention that the tablet comes pre-loaded with Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas? Yeah. It's actually pretty cool.


While the Galaxy Note has had its fair share of critics, the supersized phablet has also gotten some pretty glowing reviews. Even our own Brandon Lancaster enjoyed it after spending some time with it. The one thing that most people can agree on, though, is that the stylus and related writing/drawing apps would probably feel more at home on a full tablet. The Galaxy Note 10.1 makes that dream a reality.

Here's a look at the specs:

  • 10.1” WXGA(1280x800) PLS TFT Display
  • 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Rear Camera: 3 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 2 Megapixel Camera
  • 16/32/64GB User memory expandable via microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • Li-ion 7,000mAh battery
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

All in all, the specs make for an impressive tablet, but the real story is the S Pen. By far, the biggest advantage to using a stylus on a touchscreen device is the ability to draw with it. Samsung has bundled Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas (both $10 apps) in the tablet with full S Pen compatibility. We'll have to see it in action to judge for sure, but Samsung may have created a tablet that could provide basic Wacom-like functionality if it works well.

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So, artists, what do you think? Would you be interested in an S Pen-powered tablet with Photoshop built-in? I know that sentence is making me drool a little bit just thinking about it.


Source: Samsung Mobile Press

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://matjoe.com matjoe

    awesome news. good product by samsung

  • Ruben

    It is here...

    How much more $ is this beast going to be compared to its lesser 10.1" brother I wonder.

  • Aaron

    Wow.. I think I'll sell my Galaxy Note 5.3 and get this, with a windows phone

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    I want this machine RIGHT NOW! Right now, I tell you! This is going to simplify my professional life as a visual facilitator significantly. Wow!

  • Lon Lawrence

    What a disappointment in a tablet. Such poor specs. In a year of quad-core tabs, this is still sporting last years dual-core. Plus the worst rear camera of any tablet on the market. And you didn't mention in your article, but the fact-sheet shows it's a phone, too (on the ATT network). I would think that would be important enough to "note" (pun intended). It also looks like it isn't going to win any prizes for being thin nor light.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      The network spec is more likely referring to a data connection via either a 3G or 4G network. Most tablets have a data-connected variant, but that doesn't necessarily make it a phone. These specs are likely only being listed to compare network compatibility.

  • Chris

    I've beenwaiting for something like this if it works like a wacom should. I've been using PS touch and Sketchbook pro on my Transformer. But its awkward. So if this workswell

  • http://www.jurkturtle.com Mick

    This is brilliant!
    Having only just played with a Note just yesterday, this has me very excited! Definitely what the tablet market has been sorely lacking.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    I don't know what to think on this thing, cause I'd like to have it because of the S-Pen, but the low-ish resolution (from a company famous for their screens), the relatively old processor (unless there's architecture we haven't heard about), and only 1 gig of ram on a device that they are intentionally marketing to people working on graphics...This feels like the definition of a product they plan to deprecate 2-3 months after it's release with a 'Plus' version.

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio Roy Blumenthal

    I've just bought and downloaded and installed Adobe Ideas on my Asus Transformer 1. And I have to say that it's simply THE WORST drawing package I've EVER used. At best, it's a pre-alpha release.

    Samsung really needs to reconsider allying with Adobe if this is the calibre of program they're pushing.

    Even with pressure sensitivity from an s-pen, the app sucks. What a load of rubbish.

    And Photoshop Touch is barely usable as a drawing package. The brush selection is pitiful.

    Up your game, Adobe. And Samsung... Please get SKETCH CLUB and ARTRAGE to create s-pen apps for this machine. That's how to win artists.

  • Stephen

    Why will I trade in my quad core machine for a dual core..? Thanks but no thanks Samsung

  • David

    Autodesk sketchbook FTW

  • Mike Niccum

    The real answer is a third party stylus packaged with special apps and stuff designed specifically for it, not this buy a whole sub-par tablet to get an awesome stylus approach. Samsung should develop/sell the s-pen separately. Then they'd really be playing with fire.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

      HTC tried doing exactly that with their tablets and people wanted to hold hot pokers to their testicles because of it. The problem is, the screens cost more to make them support the stylus, so the price goes up no matter what. I agree with Samsung's choice to put it all together in a single package (even including the software, though they should have teamed up with Autodesk instead of Adobe). I just wish they had put it into a tablet that was suitably upgraded to make good use of the features.

  • Mister Shankly

    Everything about this tablet looks awesome. Everything but the screen resolution. Seriously, Samsung. 1920x1200 is the new 1280x800 - and the artists who want this tablet WILL NOTICE THE HELL OUT OF THIS FACT. Assuming this isn't Tegra 2 and has a faster SoC, this looks to be a great tablet with 1 fatal flaw.

  • sandyaugy

    I wonder why a new tablet has ice cream sandwich instead of jellybean or key lime pie