Samsung is already running neck-and-neck with Apple in the smartphone market, and this week at Mobile World Congress the Korean giant is unveiling products aimed at closing the gap in the tablet space. First Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, followed today by the Galaxy Note 10.1.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 (named for its 10.1 inch screen) appears to include some unique and potentially game-changing features which allow it to function simultaneously as a traditional tablet for note taking and a connected computer for streaming content. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Idea are pre-loaded, and fully integrated with the tablet’s S Pen. Users can take notes or draw while watching content on the screen, and can create work that integrates their notes with that content.
The Note 10.1 runs a 1.4 GHz dual-core Exynos processor and has a 3 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera and 1GB of RAM. The Android 4.0 tablet offers real-time video streaming and full HD video playback. But it’s the S Pen that is definitely getting the most attention, even from iPad enthusiasts. The tool reportedly functions almost like a traditional pen, with sensitivity to pressure and a virtual eraser. Best of all, the S Pen offers something called “shape assistance,” a sort of spell check for drawing which will convert artistic attempts into recognizable shapes.
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The Android 4.0 tablet