Samsung is once again taking on the iPad with the launch of the Galaxy Note 10\.1 a.k.a Galaxy Note 8000. The device will go on sale in the US and UK on August 16, 2012. Currently, the Wi-Fi only version of the device will go on sale.
The 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 variant is priced at $499 (Rs. 28,000 approx.) whereas the 32GB variant is priced at $549 (Rs. 31,000 approx). The 4G LTE versions of the Galaxy Note 10.1 are expected to be made available later this year. The Wi-Fi only Galaxy Note 10.1 is competitively priced when compared to iPad 2012 (read our review). The 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad (third generation) is priced at $499 where as the 32GB variant is priced at $599.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is also available for pre-order online in India, on Samsung's India eStore, which lists a Rs. 2,000 booking amount. It will ship with a 'free bookcover worth Rs. 3,249'. No delivery dates have been revealed however.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 10.1 boasts of some pretty impressive specifications. It weighs a mere 600gms and its 10.1-inch screen has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The device also supports expandable memory up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. The device has an Exynos 4412 Quad 1.4GHz quad-core processor, Mali-400MP graphics and a whopping 2GB of RAM. The device runs Android 4.0.3 ICS. The OS is skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
The rear of the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 5MP camera with LED flash. The camera can record video in 720p HD at 30fps. The device also has a 1.9MP front facing camera for video chat.
Just like its 5-inch sibling, the Note 10.1 also has a stylus support (S Pen). The stylus comes bundled with the device.
If you are considering picking up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or are confused between the iPad and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, here’s a quick comparison of the specifications of the two devices below:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
1536 x 2048
Android 4.0.3 ICS
Up to 64GB via microSD
Quad-core 1.4 GHz
Dual-core 1 GHz
5MP with LED flash
5MP without flash
Front Facing Camera