Preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Preview: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Samsung has unveiled an upgraded model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet, dubbed the 2014 Edition

Samsung has unveiled an upgraded model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet, dubbed the 2014 Edition.

The most notable new addition is the screen. The super clear LCD has a high resolution of 2560x1600, the same as the impressive Google Nexus 10. It's a significant upgrade from the 1280x800 resolution of its predecessor.

An all new look and feel is borrowed directly from the Galaxy Note 3. The soft, textured back with stitching around the edges looks like a nice upgrade from the company's usual glossy, slippery plastic.

The new Galaxy Note 10.1 also has a "serration pattern" on the sides that gives it a metallic look, though it remains plastic.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has an upgraded S Pen stylus and new software features, most of which are the same as the Galaxy Note 3.

The key feature is Air Command, a circular menu that pops up every time you remove the S Pen from the tablet, or when you hover the S Pen over the screen and press the command button on the pen.

From this Air Command menu, users can access four new S Pen features including Action Memos, Pen Window, S Finder and Scrapbook.

Pen Window allows you to draw a box of any size on the screen, and open another app inside the window as an overlay on the current screen, while Action Memo lets you handwrite a note, and convert it into formatted content.

Samsung's S Note app has been upgraded and now synchronises with popular note taking application Evernote.

Other software features include a revamped Multi Window feature that allows you to run two apps on the screen simultaneously, and drag and drop content from one window to another.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, has 3GB of RAM, and comes in three storage capacities: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

A microSD card slot on the right side allows for memory expansion. The tablet runs the latest version of Android, 4.3 Jelly Bean, and is skinned with Samsung's TouchWIZ UI overlay.

Other features include a 8-megapixel camera that can record 1080p video at 60fps, a non-removable 8220mAh battery, and Samsung's KNOX enterprise security solution.

Samsung will produce three variants of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition — Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi and 3G, and Wi-Fi and LTE.

The company hasn't confirmed which models will be launched in Australia. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will be available in Jet Black and Classic White colour variants.

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