Last Updated: August 13th, 2012

After a long series of post-MWC changes, Samsung has finally readied its long-awaited flagship Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet and officially announced its global availability. The release schedule is set to start immediately with the United States, United Kingdom, Korea, and Germany, followed by other markets "starting in August." The initial release includes only the Wi-Fi only and the 3G/HSPA+-enabled variants, with the LTE flavor coming later this year.

Note: The press release is a little ambiguous on whether the "starting in August" bit refers to the four aforementioned countries or the following global availability, but we're inclined to side with the latter. The quote is: "GALAXY Note 10.1 is available in Korea, Germany, the US and the UK while it will gradually roll-out to other global markets starting in August."

Since we played with the Note 10.1 and its S Pen at MWC, it has gained a stylus slot (what was Samsung thinking not including it in the first place?), a bump to 2GB of RAM to match the Galaxy S III, and a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor. Just like the Galaxy S III, the Note 10.1 will come in 16/32/64GB internal storage options with an expandable microSD slot for up to additional 64 gigs. The Note 10.1's 1280x800 screen resolution will not be breaking any records, considering both ASUS and Acer have already come out with higher-than-1080p tablets of their own earlier this year.

On the software side, the Note 10.1 includes:

  • TouchWiz (of course) with L!ve Panel and Samsung Apps
  • The famous Smart Stay eye detection feature first found in the Galaxy S III
  • Shape and Formula Match
  • AllShare Play and Cast
  • Music, Game, Learning, Readers, Videos, and Media Hubs (availability varies across locations - more info in the press release below)
  • "multiscreen" support for a small number of built-in apps. They are:
    • Polaris Office
    • S Note
    • Video Player
    • Gallery
    • Email
  • Pop Up Play

If you're a developer just joining us, you can download and play around with the full Note 10.1 system dump right over here.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (8.9mm) is slightly thicker than the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 (8.6mm), most likely due to the need for the S Pen storage slot. The rest of the specs are available below.

Curiously, Samsung was mum on pricing of the Galaxy Note 10.1 variants. Our guess is that at least the U.S. pricing structure will be announced at the August 15th press conference in New York City.

CNET Asia got a chance to preview the Note 10.1 and posted its impressions here.

Launch Video


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Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 Specs


  • HSPA+21-Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • Quad Band 850/900/1900/2100 MHz


  • 1.4 GHz quad-core processor


  • 255.8mm (10.1”) WXGA(1280x800) LCD + Digitizer


  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)


  • Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
  • Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera


  • Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
  • Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
  • Full HD(1080p) Playback & HD Recording


  • Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack

S Pen Optimized Features

  • S Pen Experience (S Note, S Planner, My Story) - (more S Pen optimized apps are available via Samsung Apps)
  • Multiscreen
  • Adobe® Photoshop® Touch
  • Shape Match, Formula Match
  • Polaris Office

Sharing Features

  • Samsung AllShare Play / Samsung AllShare Cast
  • Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air

Content Features & Services

  • Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
  • Samsung Apps
  • Samsung Hub
    • Music Hub / Game Hub
    • Learning Hub / Readers Hub / Video Hub / Media Hub (US only)
      (Availability of Learning Hub and Video Hub are limited by market.
      Readers Hub will be available to download from Samsung Apps later this year)
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
  • Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
  • Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
  • Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
  • Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads

Enterprise Solutions

  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • On-Device Encryption
  • Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • Juniper Junos Pulse VPN


  • A-GPS(3G version)
  • S-GPS(WiFi version)
  • Glonass


  • Bluetooth technology v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support)
  • USB 2.0 Host
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
  • mHL, 3.5mm, IR LED(Smart Remote: Universal Remote Control)


  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Light
  • Gyroscope


  • 2GB (RAM)
  • 16/32/64GB User memory
  • microSD (up to 64GB)


  • 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm, 600g (3G), 597g (WiFi)


  • Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh

Press Release

Samsung Inspires a Culture of Active Content Creation, Productivity, and Learning

August 6, 2012

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 becomes available globally starting in August

SEOUL, August 6, 2012 - Samsung announced today the launch of GALAXY Note 10.1, an extension of the GALAXY Note category. GALAXY Note 10.1 is outfitted with the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a 10.1-inch large display, providing endless possibilities to elevate a user’s creativity, productivity and learning abilities. Featuring an intuitive user experience and armed with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM for enhanced performance, GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed to simplify idea capture, information access, and multi-tasking, making each easier and faster. GALAXY Note 10.1 allows users to express their ideas naturally and efficiently. 

“GALAXY Note 10.1 further demonstrates Samsung’s dedication to delivering products that offer a complete mobile experience for creating personalized and expressive content,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “History has shown that taking notes, capturing ideas immediately, and sketching to realize them is the most personal and natural way to be more productive and creative. The advanced technology and features included in GALAXY Note 10.1 give users the power to produce, create and customize communications.”

GALAXY Note 10.1 incorporates key intuitive features and capabilities such as side-by-side multitasking with the device’s Multiscreen feature on a 10.1-inch large screen; Samsung’s unique S Pen experiences including a variety of S Note templates and productive tools (Shape Match and Formula Match); Learning Hub for accessing educational curricula (Learning Hub is currently available in Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China and Singapore, and will gradually roll-out to other global markets) and Adobe’s premium creative application Photoshop® Touch.

True Multi-Tasking with Multiscreen Feature

With GALAXY Note 10.1’s Multiscreen feature, users can effortlessly utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously for true and easy multitasking. Users can view Web pages or videos, or launch other applications while writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen on the other half of the screen. Furthermore, users can freely capture and crop images, and paste them onto the other screen to make personal notes and enhance their creativity, productivity and learning abilities. The Multiscreen feature increases productivity and efficiency while users are enjoying multimedia content. GALAXY Note 10.1 brings a new culture of creation through the user’s own notes, and enables an entirely new experience to improve productivity and enjoyment.  

S Pen & S Note for Personalized and Organized Note-taking

Featuring its advanced 6.5mm S Pen, GALAXY Note 10.1 is optimized for the creation of personalized and expressive content in the most natural and intuitive way. The S Pen’s feel and functionality are specifically designed for an optimal experience on the 10.1-inch screen. The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and, when removed, automatically launches specially-optimized applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch, and Polaris Office. Alternatively, users can easily set their preferred application to be launched instantly. For example, S Note can be launched instantly when a user takes the S Pen out from the device. Users can also tap the screen twice while pressing the S Pen button for quick S Note access via the S Note-dedicated widget, which can be easily moved anywhere on the display, never hindering or obstructing creativity or productivity.

The S Note is a unique tool that gives users the ability to combine notes and sketches with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. The Shape Match and Formula Match features help correct and digitize geometric shapes and solve numeric formulas hand-written with the S Pen. The S Note is also integrated with knowledge search engines so that users can search for content, obtain information, and easily drag and drop content onto S Notes without having to switch between screens. Exclusively pre-loaded on GALAXY Note 10.1, the Adobe® Photoshop® Touch application allows users to professionally edit photos with the ease and precision of the S Pen.

Active Learning Experience

GALAXY Note 10.1 is an ideal learning tool that allows users to take notes directly on an eTextbook while watching lectures, or research the Web while writing an essay at the same time. Samsung’s Learning Hub service is optimized for GALAXY Note 10.1, allowing users to access extensive multimedia educational content for all ages. The content includes eTextbooks, video lectures, interactive coaching and much more, and can be shared with multiple Samsung devices. Furthermore, Learning Hub features a learning management system that provides schedule and performance management tools for users of all age-groups to enjoy learning at their own pace.

In Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China and Singapore, Learning Hub service is available at the time of the launch of GALAXY Note 10.1. Learning Hub will be downloadable via Samsung Apps in more than 20 countries by the end of 2012.

Superior Hardware Performance

GALAXY Note 10.1 is designed with advanced hardware technology, including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. Seamless multi-tasking, high-standard graphics, and blazing-fast performance without any lag are essential features of GALAXY Note 10.1. The device also includes a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. 

Several other features have been added to GALAXY Note 10.1 including Smart Stay, which tracks the user’s eyes to ensure that the screen is always on while being looked at, and Pop Up Play, which allows the user to watch a video anywhere on their screen while simultaneously running other tasks. With AllShare® Play, users can share content with a large group in real-time by connecting GALAXY Note 10.1 to Samsung HD TVs, mobile tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronic devices on the same network. With AllShare Group Cast, users can also share and collaborate on documents, presentations, or images without loading the files separately.

GALAXY Note 10.1 comes in three connectivity options: a WiFi-only version, a WiFi-and-3G HSPA-Plus connectivity version at launch, and a WiFi-and-LTE version later this year. GALAXY Note 10.1 is available in Korea, Germany, the US and the UK while it will gradually roll-out to other global markets starting in August.

Source: Samsung

Artem Russakovskii
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  • aNYthing6

    1280x800 resolution fails, though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=714859472 Rajvir Singh

      How Genius??

      • aNYthing6

        It's just too low for a high end tablet in this day and age.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nimerix Michael Pearce

      Agreed. Amazing specs otherwise.

    • Altechi

      One of the biggest cons of the transformer infinity is that hardly any apps take advantage of the 1920x1080 res. That's the problem, android lacks the tablet optimized apps. So what's the point of sammy wasting so much money building a tablet with high resolution when no one takes advantage of it?

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

        That's actually incorrect (-ish). It's true that there aren't a lot of tablet optimized apps that also specifically make use of high ppi, but it's not true that it's a waste. There are two reasons for that:

        1) Text rendering doesn't care about the programmers original intent. The applications that run on Android will draw text, lines, gradients, etc., to the detail dictated by the OS. When done right, the same is true of 3d rendering engines (but that's a lot more hit-and-miss). The ONLY thing that's not going to automatically get sharper is pre-rendered graphics...which, I admit, are a big part of several popular apps. None the less, reading books, web browsing, and several other things are significantly sharper with a higher res screen.

        2) Pre-rendered graphics should be just fine. You're missing a detail about how the Android OS chooses which images to display to the user. The OS chooses images based on pixel density, not resolution. Since the Infinity comes in at ~218 ppi, it's extremely close to the ~216 ppi of the Nexus 7. Both tablets land in the hdpi (High DPI) category, which is also shared by almost every phone that came out prior to the Galaxy Nexus. In reality, the pre-rendered graphics in almost every app should be perfect for the pixel density on the Infinity. For comparison, all 1st gen 10.1" tablets (and this Note 10,1) are ~149 ppi, which lands in the mdpi category (and uses substantially lower res graphics).

        Taking those two things into account, the only thing wrong with the Infinity is the same thing that's wrong with every other tablet, that a lot of apps haven't been designed for that layout. If you take one more detail into account the way layouts are managed by the OS (this one is too complicated to explain here), once somebody makes a layout on a given app that works on a tablet with a 10.1" screen, it should work on all of them (there are a few inconsistencies to this, but they are caused by OEM mistakes and are fixable with updates).

        Here's an article from Google that explains all of this stuff, http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html
        Warning, it's super boring to read...even worse that everything I just wrote :)

        • Altechi

          Thanks for the info, I didn't know

    • paleh0rse

      /agreed. The ppi is simply way too low for a 2012 flagship tablet. :(

  • Himmat Singh

    So Artem, what's coming out on August 15 then? You were certain that even was for unveiling this.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      August 15th is probably the U.S. press demo day.

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

      Could still be the Note 2. That hasn't been debunked yet, right?

      • Himmat Singh

        I think everyone agrees that will be unveiled in Germany. But yea, might be the Note 2 first then the 11.6-inch tab in Germany.

  • Himmat Singh

    And about the quote, there are two explanations:

    1) This was supposed to come out sometime in July. Things got delayed and they didn't change the press release.
    2) Just a phail for the PR person responsible with coming out with the release. Must've failed English during school. Ok, that was a lil' too harsh, but still...

    • Nick Coad

      lol "Just a phail" followed by "Must've failed English during school". Hope you see the irony there :P

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
        • Nick Coad

          I know it gets misspelled deliberately, it's still awful.

      • Al McDowall

        Also, as a pedant who has to resist the urge to correct people who write 'must of', I give Himmat a +50 for the nice "must've" contraction.

  • http://moondowner.wordpress.com Martin Spa.

    Price tag?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


  • aatifsumar

    They really should have upped the resolution. A 4.6" device and a 10.1" device have almost the same resolution. If they upped the res, the Tranformer Infinity would finally have a competitor.
    Also, could you explain what 'S-GPS' on the WiFI version stands for?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    If the accuracy of the pen is really good, this tablet is going to be a sure buy for me for school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    Please let me know, if you find any UK or German webshops selling this!

  • ben

    Yey... definitely my next tablet....

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

    Wow, I could do a whole article on all of the stuff in that video.
    1) Samsung is taking on Apple in the textbook business, wtf?!?!
    1a) VASTLY SUPERIOR to the textbook ideas that Apple is pushing. Sorry, but note taking with a stylus is gonna be better; you need to be able to draw shapes and lines, and that can't be done well on an iPad or with a keyboard.

    2) Dual-app layout, Google is gonna love (read: hate) that.
    2a) Drag 'n Drop between apps?!?! Ok, that's bringing sexy back.

    3) Looks like Samsung checked out the submissions for the "Smart App Challenge" and told their programmers to copy all of the best ideas.

    4) You can't say you aren't copying Apple's designs when your keyboard looks (and works) almost identically to the iPad keyboard. Lawyers at Apple probably have their mouths hanging open after this one.

    5) S-Note reminds me of (and kinda starting to look like) Evernote with a bit of Springpad mixed in...before Evernote changed their interface.

    6) Hardware specs look great, except for 2 things.
    6a) NFC? Really, just put it into a tablet for me, I WANT IT!!!!
    6b) 800 x 1280 pixels on 10.1 inches = ~149 ppi...F#&k you Samsung...The same pixel density of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1?!?! That's awful and everybody knows it. When tablets first came out, it was ok because they didn't have the processing power to push a lot more pixels. But this is too damn blurry for a premium product. Try again, and this time, lets see something in a 1680 x 1050 (at least) or even 1920 x 1200. You're Samsung, it's not like people don't know you guys for making screens...
    6c) Yay for MicroSD slot

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      2) dual-app layout is only possible with a small number of Samsung apps. Google is not going to flip out over that, as the support is limited to Samsung's own ecosystem.

      4) it's a keyboard - it's sufficiently different from Apple's. If you have a problem with Samsung's keyboard, you should have a strong desire to have a word with ASUS as well.

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

        Wow, I hadn't even finished re-reading my post when you replied. Somebody is eating their Wheaties today. :)

        I didn't realize the limit, mostly because the demo showed collaboration with Polaris Office. I didn't consider that Polaris was customized for that situation.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I mentioned the supported apps in the post ;)

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

            I started writing my comment before you started editing the post ;)

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            No idea what you're talking about. I typed out the whole article in 27.3 seconds (Olympic record).

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

            And you did it all on the Nexus 7.

            They're gonna put you on the cover of a Wheaties box

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

        I don't personally care about the keyboard. I don't agree with many aspects of the lawsuits either (from a fundamental level of how they work, I think Apple is gonna win though). I'm just saying, it probably won't help their defense.

    • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

      Low res screen.
      There are plenty of styli for the iPad.
      Apple provides management tools for large numbers of iPads and there are zero for this.
      Apple has iBook Author and arrangements in place with educational institutions plus plenty of existing content.
      This won't sell. Its an incredibly poor effort by Samsung.

  • warcaster

    Wish the video was focused a little more on drawing, too. This sounds like the perfect tablet for designers and artists, but they barely even show a kid's drawing in there, and even that one is already pre-made, instead of showing how it's being drawn with the S-pen.

  • b

    I will buy one asap. 'nuff said.

  • GaneshNayak

    Samsung seems to somehow get the Tablet thing wrong... This one got everything spot on, but missed severely on resolution... So much contrast to their phones, which always seem 'value for money' irrespective of price point. They should fire the guy in-charge of Tablets and get a new guy.

    Also its shame that all other Android OEMs, who had a open window for two years, to take on Samsung in tablet space, could not get it right either. Finally Google had to step-in, to demonstrate how it is done, with Nexus 7. Hopefully Google wont stop at that and introduce larger Nexus tablet

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth

    Want.... oh 1280x800 you say? Never mind then :-/

  • Ronaldo Verta

    If only asus would make an android tablet with pen support...i'd totally buy it!

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

      This, right here...Seriously, this :)

      I said it a couple of days ago. I'll buy the first tablet that comes out with a high res screen, medium precision stylus (that's what the S-Pen amounts to), NFC, and it's got a chance of getting regular updates...or the stylus drivers become available so that they could be incorporated into CM. I'm dead serious when I say I'll drop a grand (that I can't even afford right now) the day it came out. I may be in the minority on this one, but I can actually use something like that for my work...though, I kinda hope that it doesn't come out for at least a year, just so the processors go through one more generation first.

    • John O’Connor

      stylus' work just fine with the transformer series. in fact, it is a welcome addition to the included supernote app

  • BrianRedford

    I've held off on buying a tablet until now. Laugh at me if you will, but I have always believed some sort of stylus was the best way to get the most out of a device like this. The s-pen exceeded my expectations! Hope this doesnt hit the bank too hard, because this would be a wonderful device to compliment my GSII (yes, as in two. Ill get the GSIV when my upgrade comes!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797525505 David Orridge

    How do their not applications sync? drop box?
    Is it a standard notebook format like PDF?

  • http://royblumenthal.com/portfolio royblumenthal

    Finally, a non-pc device that I can use for professional graphic recording and caricaturing! I want one NOW!

  • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    Danish sources say that it will be avaiable starting week 34 (a few days after the Galaxy Note event on 15th August) at a price of approximately DKK 5,000 (~US$ 831), but tech stuff is always expensive in Denmark :P

  • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

    Great for all three people who want a stylus and low resolution display.

  • nobody

    1280x800 is really awful just like the previous gen ipad 2.. i'll go for retina display instead (The New Ipad)

    • johny

      whenever you pick up the tablet the first thing you will notice is the low res screen which is a big turn off for many ppl... it's like reading the pixels instead of the images and texts

  • azumihk

    omg i love this tablet so much, u guys are only talking about the resolution and crap and those are the same guys that talked about the sgs3 screen that it sucks and now it turns out the be the best screen ever. if u check an ipad2 and and tell people its an ipad 3 they say wow look how sharp and infact it was an ipad 2 with low resolution. if u watch a movie on 70" screen and u watch here on a 10" then . this tab is a super combo with that pen and the hardware. if u want higher res and no pen then u wait till november for the high res samsung P tablet but thats without pen and somebody talking about nfc on a tablet LOL , and 149 pixels bla bla bla,just go watch the screen from the tab2 10.1 and u see u love the screen and this screen is the same.
    u cant judge that before u even got it in your hand.