Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) pictures and hands-on
Samsung's full-sized Android tablet has had a makeover. More power, a better screen and a new S Pen are but a few of the enhancements.
The 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has had a grunt injection that will make even top-end Android gaming impossibly smooth. It comes in two modes: 3G with a 1.9GHz octa core, or LTE with a 2.3GHz quad-core. Either way you can expect efficient use of the 8220mAh battery and smooth operating throughout. That's also thanks to the 3GB of RAM Samsung has managed to cram in, which made short work of our multitasking attempt to find some lag.
But throwing the device around while gaming as it zips along isn't an issue, thanks to the back cover stitching that offers a reassuring grip, sticking to the family design of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The 10.1-inch LCD display delivers more pixels than you could need, with 2560 x 1600 delivering a sharp 289ppi. Viewing angles are wide, colours are rich (if not a little over the top), and brightness is plentiful - we'd imagine even in daylight. And with an 8-megapixel camera on the back it can really shoot good pictures - even though you become "that" person snapping with a tablet.
The Multi Window feature comes into its own on this high-resolution display in combination with the S Pen. Dragging, dropping and resizing windows did leave us feeling a bit like we we're in the Minority Report film, even if this wasn't quite so holographic. The ability to draw a window on the screen and open an app within felt like sheer magic.
Samsung has partnered with plenty of news sources and changed the 10.1 layout to make it more reader friendly. The magazine style UI lets you access all your books, magazines and videos from a dashboard that quickly accessible. And it's populated with the likes of Bloomberg Businessweek+, The New York Times, Autodesk Sketchbook and even an optimised version of Twitter - to name but a few.
The new Samsung Apps Widget wasn't much use in this environment but apparently it will offer unique content for your country live from the home screen. It seems a bit like an immediate delete-at-first-glance but we'll have to wait and see what's on offer. Watch out Voucher Cloud?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2014) will also come with Samsung's new KNOX security for storing anything sensitive in a virtual Container that sports system-level protection.
If you're in the market for a fast, high-resolution tablet that's optimised for multitasking and note-taking you need look no further. If you're already a Note 10.1 owner, however, the incremental increases probably don't justify an upgrade.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Wi-Fi Only, Wi-Fi and 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE - in 16, 32 or 64GB versions - will be on sale in black and white from around October.