Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet hasn't officially been released yet and there's no Australian details to speak of. However, if you're an Aussie desperate to get your hands on Samsung's latest Android tablet, there are a few ways to do so.
The Galaxy Note 10.1, not to be confused with the original Galaxy Note smartphone, is purely a tablet device. The design of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is largely based on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 but comes with Samsung's S-Pen which allows users to draw, annotate and write notes on the 10.1in screen.
Samsung will officially launch the Galaxy Note 10.1 at a global media event in the US on Wednesday 15 August. Despite the upcoming launch, Samsung has already unveiled most of the device's specifications including a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and both Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models.
So, when can Aussies get their hands on the Galaxy Note 10.1? At the moment, that's hard to say as Samsung Australia hasn't announced any local details yet. Although it is certainly feasible that the company could announce local availability in the coming week, in line with the official launch, there's also a chance the Aussies might have to wait a while longer. Nobody likes waiting, right?
A delay in the Aussie release of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is likely to be a boom for online retailers.
If there is a delay in the Australian release of the Galaxy Note 10.1, it's likely to be a boom for online retailers. Many online retail outlets, both in Australia and abroad, will sell the Galaxy Note 10.1 through what is known as grey or parallel importing. A grey import tech product is one that is imported from another country without the permission of the intellectual property owner, in this case Samsung. This can be achieved by an Australian business that buys the product overseas and then sells it online, or simply an International business that will ship the product to Australia.
Is a grey import Galaxy Note 10.1 different to the Australian model?
As an Australian model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 has not been unveiled yet, it's impossible to compare it to grey imports. That being said, an imported Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will work perfectly well. It's simply a model that's sold in an overseas country.
How many models of the Galaxy Note 10.1 are there?
There's no official details of exactly how many models will be available but based on past releases, Samsung is likely to release a total of six Galaxy Note 10.1 models — three Wi-Fi only and three Wi-Fi + quad-band 3G variants in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes, respectively. Wi-Fi + 3G models carry the N8000 model number, while Wi-Fi only models are denoted by the model number N8010.
It's not yet known which models will be released in Australia and how much they will cost Down Under. Given Samsung's history in the tablet market, however, it seems probable that Aussies will get the 3G version (N8000) of the Galaxy Note 10.1 at some stage.
Where can I purchase the Galaxy Note 10.1?
Despite not seeing an official release yet, you can already purchase the Galaxy Note 10.1 online from a variety of Web sites. One of the most reputable online stores for mobile phones and tablets is MobiCity. It currently lists the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model of the Galaxy Note 10.1, in stock and available for purchase immediately.
The main advantage to MobiCity, aside from the fact you can purchase the Galaxy Note 10.1 right now, is that the store offers a 12 month Australian warranty. This is not a Samsung manufacturer warranty, but is serviced by a company called Australian Warranty Services. The basic warranty that comes with any MobiCity purchase includes replacement within the first 48 hours if the product is dead on arrival (DOA), an assessment guarantee within 48 hours of receipt and a repair guarantee within 30 days. MobiCity also says that a replacement device will be offered if it is unable to repair the tablet within the guaranteed timeframe.
Negri Electronics, an online US store, also has stock of the Galaxy Note 10.1 ready and available at the time of writing. Like MobiCity, it currently lists the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model of the tablet and will ship the device to Australia.
There are number of other online stores who will eventually sell the Galaxy Note 10.1 to Aussie consumers. However most of these sites list the tablet as available for pre-order, rather than available to ship right now. Expansys, Adorama, B&H Photo and Video and UK pair Clove and Handtek are the most reputable sites we've discovered.
Curiously, Handtek currently lists all six variants of the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G variants. With no price listed for any of these models, however, it remains to be seen whether it will eventually sell all variants as listed. Most of the other stores list just one or two models of the Galaxy Note 10.1, usually the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G variant.
Keep in mind that buying the Galaxy Note 10.1 from these international stores obviously means shipping charges to Australia. Be sure to factor this into your purchasing decision if you decide to buy from overseas and shop around for the best deal.
Have you found a legitimate site that will ship the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to Australia? Will you wait for Samsung Australia to officially sell the tablet Down Under? Let us know in the comments below!