Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hits US Market for $499!

A market leader and winning producer of electronics, Samsung Electronics Co. announced the release of its much anticipated Galaxy Note 10.1 in the US market. A direct completion to Apple, Samsung has made this device with a digital pen and a faster processor. This tablet has added features and even more that the Apple offers with the same price tag!

Galaxy Note 10.1 hits the shelves across the US at authorized retailers August 16, 2012.

Currently, there will be only Wi-Fi version available with starting price offering of $499 for the basic model of 16GB and $549 for the 32GB model, expandable with an external memory card.

Apple’s latest iPad is also offered at the same price. But it is noteworthy that the Note 10.1 is built with some features that the iPad doesn’t have! Designed to unleash new levels of inspiration, this device marks to be Samsung’s first Android tablet that is equipped with a digital pen and two applications that can run side-by-side on a screen divided in half. However, it is also to be noted that the screen resolution of Note 10.1 is lower than that of iPad’s.

Features of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that make it easy to handle without missing a beat include split screen, the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. With this, taking notes while watching a video or surfing the Internet becomes a smooth task for users. Analysts believe this capability of the Note tablet aims to attract business and education customers, a strategy that could be more efficient against the iPad, which already dominates nearly 70 percent of the worldwide tablet market.

In the last two years, Samsung has come up with about half a dozen Android tablets under the Galaxy Tab series. However, none of those tablets were as popular as the iPad. Many analysts mark horde of applications and higher price to be the reason why Android tablets remain less successful.

The South Korean company aims to redefine users’ experience with the Note 10.1 that they believe targets corporations and schools despite the iPad’s rich pool of applications and sharper screen.

Samsung, however, is known to release plethora of products with variations in prices, sizes and hardware system every year as opposed to its competitor Apple, which makes one new model for the iPhone and iPad every year to meet consumer demands.

This strategy has definitely been a boon for Samsung in terms of its smartphone sales. But it hasn’t as yet paid off in the tablet area, probably because Samsung’s previous tablets were almost as same as iPad.

Samsung’s 2Q market shares in the global tablet market plunged to nine percent. And it was reported that nearly seven out of 10 tablets in the market were Apple’s.

However, it is also believed that innovative features such as multitasking, note-taking and other tasks using a digital pen can help users prefer the Galaxy Note 10.1 over the iPad. If smoothly carried out, these features can soon attract professional artists, educators and businesses.

Samsung’s hope to deliver functionality and precision of a pen and paper using S Pen that can mark its worth and unleash new levels of inspiration in the company’s tablet sector.

Around 30 applications for sketching and note taking along with Adobe Photoshop Touch come pre-loaded in Galaxy Note 10.1. The device also has games where S Pen is helpful as compared to touching the screen.

The firm also has plans to increase the list of applications that sustain multitasking, which is currently limited to six, reported a company’s official.

There are many other features in this tab that indicate that Samsung developed the product keeping the education and corporate markets in view. The updated S Note app can identify handwritten math formula, geometric shapes, English alphabets and Chinese characters, letting the digital pen to function as an input device in the absence of a physical keyboard.

Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics, America said in a statement, “The S Pen offers both active content creation as well as passive content consumption.”

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, which is a Samsung Life Insurance and its affiliated insurance company, has started giving the Note 10.1 to sales people, who plan to switch to tablets instead of paper. The firm has recently given around 600 Note tablets to eight schools in South Korea for educational use. South Korea is currently working on to roll out a $2 billion project to encourage people to swap paper books with digital texts.

 

Find more about Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 here https://techthirsty.com/2012/07/23/is-the-new-samsung-galaxy-device-on-its-way/

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