Samsung took the wraps off of three new Galaxy devices at IFA earlier this month – the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. While most carriers have announced Note 3 and Gear availability, we've been waiting on the official word from Samsung as to when the Note 10.1 2014 would hit store shelves. This morning, it announced just that.

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The Note 10.1 2014 Edition is expected to be available beginning October 10th at $549 for the 16GB model, and $599 for 32GB. Both models feature an SD card slot that supports up to 64GB card for those who are worried about limited storage options.

The 10.1-inch slate is packing a 2560x1600 Super Clear LCD panel, with the Exynos 5420 quad-core chip doing the heavy lifting. It also has 3GB of RAM – a first for any Android tablet, and a feature that should keep things purring along nicely no matter how much multitasking is going on.

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Of course, it wouldn't be a Galaxy Note without the S Pen, which brings with it a handful of new features: Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Windows, and S Note.

Users who purchase a Note 10.1 2014 will also get three months of Hulu Plus and SiriusXM, one year of Boingo Hotspot access, 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years, a one-year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek, and 12-week subscription to The New York Times. All for free. According to Samsung, that's "over $600 in 'Perks.'" Not bad.

The Note 10.1 2014 also includes the new Twitter app that we saw during the Unpacked announcement, and that's the only place you'll find it initially. The rest of the world will just have to wait.

Pre-orders for the Note 10.1 2014 will begin "at select retailers" on September 27th.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Available in the U.S. Oct. 10

With enhanced S Pen, superior display, Multi-Window and sleek redesign, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition delivers an unrivaled tablet experience

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – September 26, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition will be available in the U.S. beginning Oct. 10, with pre-orders starting at midnight ET tomorrow, Sept. 27. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is equipped with industry-leading specifications packed in a thin and lightweight form factor.

“Last year’s launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 introduced the integration of S Pen™ capabilities to the tablet category and created a new experience for consumers,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of tablet marketing at Samsung Electronics America.  “We continue to evolve the Galaxy Note experience with the new Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. With premium software features and a sophisticated design, we’re delivering an exceptional and even more engaging tablet experience.”

With improved S Pen capabilities, vibrant display and updated Multi-Window functionality, the new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition delivers an intelligent tablet experience packaged in a sleek, polished design. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has been refined with a textured and stitched back cover that is both stylish and comfortable to hold. With an overall smaller size and lighter weight, the new Galaxy Note tablet has smaller bezels and a thinner profile, without sacrificing screen size.

“The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition builds on Samsung’s innovative tablet foundation,” said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With its advanced functionality and expanded features, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition offers a best- in-class tablet experience that enables new conveniences to empower users to excel in everyday tasks.”   

Unparalleled Display Quality and Multitasking

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition features a large Super Clear LCD display that offers brighter colors and more lifelike graphics. The 2,560 x 1,600 pixel WQXGA display contains over 4 million pixels, offering users a dynamic viewing experience.

To complement the high-resolution display, Samsung introduces a new magazine-style user interface called My Magazine. By allowing users to organize the latest news, social feeds and localized content in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard on a Super Clear LCD, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition reinvents how consumers interact with their tablets.

The new Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by an Exynos® 5420 quad-core processor and 3GB RAM for faster web browsing and multitasking, with rich HD graphics for the best gaming experience.  Enhanced multitasking allows users to seamlessly use two different applications side-by-side and easily drag and drop content from one window to another. What’s more, certain apps, such as YouTube and Internet, can now be activated simultaneously in both windows.

Enhanced Suite of S Pen Features

The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition comes equipped with an updated S Pen that provides a more responsive, productive and overall efficient tablet experience.  The enhanced S Pen also introduces several shortcuts and productivity tools at consumers’ fingertips, including:

· Air Command provides instant access to S Pen features, including Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window all in a convenient hover and click of the button on the S Pen from any point on the screen.

· Action Memo gives users a quick way to take a note and link that note to a direct action, instantly perform a task, such as searching the Internet or emailing a contact.

· Scrapbooker capabilities let users organize interesting content with the S Pen and place it into individualized scrapbooks. This feature affords users an easy and functional way to use the S Pen to grab and store videos, photos and clips from Web pages that are linkable back to the original online source. With Scrapbooker, users keep all boards private and then easily choose which content to share.

· Screen Write lets users easily take a screen capture and edit the shot.

· S Finder allows users to search the entire device, including handwritten notes and settings, connected accounts and the web through key words or handwritten symbols.

· Pen Window effortlessly enhances productivity with a stroke of the S Pen. The feature lets users draw a window on screen using the S Pen, which opens a selection of applications, and then minimize it to hover on any screen as the user interface is navigated; perfect for opening a calculator on top of a spreadsheet or quickly setting an alarm.

· S Note enhancements include a more intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Users still have the ability to use the S Pen to take handwritten notes, or use handwriting-to-text, with access to both note files and notepads. With Easy Chart, hand-drawn data can be instantly transformed into more formal charts and graphs.

Content and Services for an Immersive Galaxy Experience

Samsung is partnering with leading news, productivity and entertainment sources to provide over $600 in bundled content for the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. With Galaxy Perks, consumers have access to popular applications and services, including three months free of Hulu Plus and SiriusXM, and one year of free Boingo Hotspot access. The Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition also comes pre-loaded with 50GB of Dropbox free for two years, one year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek and a 12 week subscription to The New York Times. For more information on Galaxy Perks, please visit www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks.

A redesigned Twitter application, with limited exclusivity to the Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, features S-Pen integration and Multi-Window capabilities for a unique Twitter tablet experience.

In addition, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will include a Samsung Apps widget, which offers users additional content, optimized for the new 10.1-inch tablet and other Samsung devices. The new tablet is also equipped with Samsung’s innovative IR remote capability and WatchON, a search and recommendation service which makes finding TV shows and on-demand video content faster, easier and more personalized, as the hub of the living room.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is Wi-Fi-enabled and available in 16 and 32GB variations with an additional 64GB of storage available via microSD card expansion. The device comes in two color options, Jet Black and Classic White. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will retail for $ 549.99 and $599.99 for the 16 and 32GB versions, respectively. It will be available for purchase at Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, BestBuy.com, Amazon, PC Richard & Son, Fry's, Tiger Direct, Walmart, Samsung.com and other retailers, with pre-orders beginning at select retailers on Sept. 27.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • sri_tech

    I think its very very difficult for all the OEMs to make well specced tablets for less prices than iPAD.
    That is why no OEM really able to bring tablets at good prices. Even the ones that they release are too close to iPAD pricing without premium build quality.

    If not for nexus line, android tablets would have been irrelevant by now.

    Having said that, this is way over priced. It should have been $499 max. Though it would have failed even at that price.

    • spydie

      OK apple fan-boy... stop trolling. This is an android site. Who says they don't have premium build quality? Same as ipad, glass front and plastic back. The Nexus line isn't considered the top of the line by many people. In reality, pure android (nexus line) lacks a lot of "polish" the manufacturer skinned ones have. You'd have to consider them "bare bones" devices. It's not the Nexus line that keeps phones and tablets alive. They are for a niche group.

    • RaptorOO7

      Trolling, trolling oh how you be TROLLING

    • davedooter

      The iPad is for fat girls.

  • Wazzifer

    Kinda bummed out about why they bumped the price $50 more than last year's Note (which I own the 16GB version). Regardless, I will be getting me a white 32GB on day 1.

    • ins0mn1a

      realistically, last year's note 10 had a mediocre screen and build quality, so even though it had high end CPU etc, in all fairness it wasn't a high end device. this time it's different, all the specs are top notch.

  • Suhas Vemuri

    I'll wait and compare this with the next nexus 10, though no expandable memory is a deal-breaker for me.. With Asus making the nexus this time I am expecting a transformer like dock etc

    • Colin Kealty

      Except we saw almost no accessories for the Nexus 7 last year, and so far none of this years, so I wouldn't get your hopes up :/ accessories seem oddly non-existent for the nexus line, especially considering this is where you could actually make some decent profit..

  • Colin Kealty

    That's actually not a bad price at all, yes more expensive than nexus 10 (and probably more expensive than the new one will be) but not excessively. I doubt I'll get one, but won't discount it completely, might keep my eyes on it cause some of the features they added are actually slightly compelling

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    No LTE = dealbreaker.

    • Joshua

      Really? Why not get a Wi-Fi version and just tether through your phone? There are plenty of apps that let you do that for free by getting around carrier restrictions. It would most likely be cheaper to buy more data for your phone and tether than to buy data for your phone and tablet separately.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        I always forget about my tethering. I'll turn my WiFi hotspot on, throw my phone in my pocket, then forget about it. I pull my phone out to check something 2 hours later and oh, look, 60% of my battery life vanished. Whoops! Plus, tablets have bigger antennas than phones do and they pull down signals in weak areas that phones won't. I have a tablet on my account and it costs me $10 per month to share it with my smartphone. The convenience of being connected everywhere with or without my phone and not having to worry about killing my phone battery is worth $10 to me.

        • Joshua

          To each his own then. If that works for you, it works for you.

          Also, I've never, ever, heard anyone claim that tablets have larger antennae and therefore better connectivity. Could you cite a source for that? Wikipedia would be fine if they have an applicable article.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            I'm going off real world experience. I travel a lot and have been in places where AT&T has very weak service. Tablets can normally at least maintain a connection (even if it's 0 bars) where the phone will have nothing. Take a look at the teardowns of the tablets and you'll see that a 10" tablet almost always has a larger antenna than a phone, or if not, it certainly has a bigger ground plane (since the device is bigger) which helps with transmission and reception as well.

  • Major Suave

    Glad they use their Exynos. I did not like the Atom in GT3, OMAP4430 in GT2 and Tegra 2 in GT1.

  • Ivan Myring

    You said the exynos5420 was quad core, but it is octa core

    • Nomaan

      Physically its Octa but its nothing more than a quad

    • Alberto

      Samsung's press release says otherwise: "The new Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by an Exynos® 5420 quad-core processor"

      • Ivan Myring

        How odd because it definitelty is eight core

    • Joshua

      Until the ability to utilize all eight cores is actually released, it's only a dual quad core processor. Since that ability is still in the works last I checked, calling it an Octa would be wrong and deceptive.

  • Ivan Myring

    Any news re Europe and UK pricing/release

  • Steph Chi

    I will no buy it in reaction of the locked region functionality on your new phones, dear Samsung ...

  • Babs Oyed

    Pre ordering only if the Snapdragon 800 version is available. Exynos is a no go

    • Cebastian Rosing

      Snapdragon 800 will be used in the 4G/LTE models only, as far as I understand.

  • JazzEspresso

    $549 for the 16GB model WiFi only...no thank you Samsung! and saying that they bundling $600 worth of content is bullshit too...

    wait new Nexus 10, you will be mine soon :-)

    • skywalkr2

      To bad they picked ASUS.

  • Eduardo da Silva

    This button...are you serious, Samsung?!