Aug 15 AT 10:40 AM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

Samsung introduces Galaxy Note 10.1 to the US, on sale tomorrow for $499


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?

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Via: PR Newswire

Source: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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  • Anthony Domanico
    • Taylor Wimberly

      Wow the reviews are harsher than I would expect.

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    • Miami cHeat

      iPad is the king!!!!!!!!!

  • spazby

    Not really interested. For that price, screen would have to match iPad. They need to lower price by $150

    • Jobless Steve

      Ipad cant do some of this stuff.

      • guest

        See,you don’t get it. People who buy iPad don’t care what they can’t do, they just want a nice display, ignoring the fact that tablet should be able perform beyond what a mp4 player can do :)

        • MyMilan

          I agree. I’m surprised it costs so much. When I told my friend who was looking for a tablet his first response was “I’ll just get an iPad” As for what it can and cannot do, thats where apps come in. If Apple releases the new iPad mini for 200.00 as expected then this is a no brainer. The android tablet is at least 150.00 over priced especially when you consider that these things only last a couple of years before they’re outdated.

    • Candy

      Android 4.0 is obsolete, Apple is at 5.1 already

      • Jon Garrett

        and yet you still cant add attachments to emails you compose.

        you still don’t have multitasking

        you still have to convert audio and video files before you can play them.

        you still cant run widgets

        you still cant use your lock screen

        you still cant use whatever you want as your default app.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Would of preferred 1080p. The design is beautiful though :)

  • Nate B.

    I like how it’s not to much of a blown up phone UI. It has a real like Tablet UI. Somewhat close to a laptop.

  • Nate B.

    Even though Stock UI looks better visually, it can definitely use these advanced features from Samsung. If you could take these features and slap it on the feature Nexus phone and bigger Nexus tablet, and anything else that comes to mind by then when tech advances, you have a win regardless of what else comes out during or after.


    I like this but there is absolutely no room in my gadget collection for this. My Ipad 2 is getting old. I will buy the Nexus 7 to finally give android tablets a fair chance. My original galaxy 7 sucked. If i like it i will choose between the surface(if its between $199-299), An Asus 10″ tablet (hopefully a Nexus 10) and the ipad 4.

    Android Games has caught up ios games enough for me. The key will be the ability to: write and upload my articles to my website, do my research papers for school and stream good quality videos. I do this now from my ipad so i hope i could do it from the android tablets. The Surface should do it with no problem cuz it comes with microsoft office.

    • pjamies

      Google bought Quick Office a couple of months back. It will be interesting to see what comes out of that purchase down the road, as the current google docs (aka. Drive) is crap, and they really need to fill this void as Apple and the coming MS Surface tablet already have well built office style apps ready to go.


        Excellent point! I totally forgot about that. I actually bought that for $20 on my iPad and then I caught it for free from Amazon’s App store for my phone. If if works as well on Android tablets, then I’m in business.

  • David D

    The price is too high even for all the power. A laptop at that price would be a bigger screen and more power. Once this hits a $350 price tag it would be a great buy.

  • twospirits

    I agree at $350 it would have been a no brainer, but at the $499-549 price its too much even with the S-pen which I love (on my Galaxy Note). The display should have been higher (for a flagship device), lack of a micros-USB and the plastic feel.

    I don’t know, I have the lenovo Thinkpad and its stylus is good, was hoping to go for this one, but now I’m not so sure.

  • smeghead68

    Seems pricey. Somewhere in the $350 range is what i would expect.

  • AceoStar

    This is the reason for the $199 surface rumor a few days ago, on one camp or the other :p

  • Hue Three of Five

    Only $500 for a blurry mess 1280 x 800 resolution tablet? This thing had potential. It’s just a complete fail.

  • kwills88

    Being an artist this would have been the perfect tablet, but Sam kinda hyped it up then let us down a bit, then again we expected too much, think they charging that much because it’s technically a wacom tablet merged with Android, but for wanting to compete with apple so much Idk why Samsung doesn’t push the limit of their devices with hardware and software instead with prices.