Today Samsung announced the US availability and pricing of the Galaxy Note 10.1, nearly six months after they debuted it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The 10-inch tablet will go on sale tomorrow and be priced at $499 for the 16 GB model and $549 for the 32 GB model. Retail partners include Amazon, Best Buy, Conn’s, Fry’s, Office Depot, Tiger Direct, and more.
The Galaxy Note boasts an impressive list of specs including Android 4.0 with TouchWiz UX, 10.1-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 TFT LCD display, 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad, 2 GB RAM, 5 MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front camera, microSD slot, IR blaster, 7,000 mAh battery, MHL video output, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 host, and unique S Pen stylus.
Adobe has teamed up with Samsung to offer an optimized version of Adobe Photoshop Touch preinstalled, normally a $9.99 purchase. While using the S Pen, users are able to control brush size and opacity by just adjusting the pressure of the pen on the screen.
“Samsung’s GALAXY Note 10.1, with its pressure-sensitive S Pen, truly unleashes the power of Adobe Photoshop Touch and provides a great tool for creative expression,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “More than ever, people around the world want to create, wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. We look forward to seeing what they imagine with the S Pen and Photoshop Touch.”
While the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a very intriguing device for artistic creators, we are not quite sure it is the “game-changing device” that Samsung thinks it is. In a world of $199 tablets, it might be hard for some to justify spending the extra $300 to use the S Pen.
Check out Samsung’s hands-on video below and let us know what you think. Is there place for the Galaxy Note 10.1 in your gadget collection?