The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 finally goes on sale in the UK today and to celebrate, Samsung threw a lavish launch party in London's West End last night, with a surprise performance by Kylie Minogue.

As Samsung was a headline sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the company brought a fine array of Team GB medalists and other athletes, including gold and silver medals winner Victoria Pendleton, on to the stage to celebrate their achievements. Director/actor Noel Clarke and actress/model Kelly Brook then demonstrated how using an S Pen stylus could improve the tablet experience through video  and image manipulation.

Vernon Kay hosted the launch of the new quad-core Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet and Kylie's warm-up act was the new band of ex-Busted singer Charlie Simpson. But it was the entrance of the Australian pop princess that wowed the crowd - literally, as she performed "Wow, Wow, Wow" as her first song.

Samsung had even commissioned a bespoke dress/stage prop for Kylie to arrive in from English fashion designer Matthew Williamson which was adorned with several Galaxy Note 10.1 devices.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is now available from £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. It comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera, and a microSD slot that allows for expansion by up to an extra 32GB of storage.

Pocket-lint will be posting its Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review shortly.

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