At the same time it was revealing the Galaxy Note III at IFA in Berlin, Samsung also unveiled a much larger version of this device, called the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). This has many of the same physical features as last year’s Galaxy Note 10.1, but a significantly greater display resolution, a far more modern chipset, and a back crafted out of eco-leather, stitched through along the edges, just like on the Galaxy Note III.
After my preliminary testing of this tablet, it was clear to me straight away — at the moment, this is convincingly the most advanced 10-inch tablet with the Android OS ever constructed. Due to the eco-leather on the back side, it (finally) provides the feeling of working with a premium device. In addition, it is quite slim — 7.9 millimeters. On the other hand, it weighs 1.2 pounds (535 grams), which is no laughing matter and it might be tiring for those who use it for longer periods.
The second-generation Galaxy Note 10.1 is impressive when it comes to its 2560 x 1600 display (just like Samsung’s Nexus 10), which results in a very pleasing pixel density of 299 ppi. Imaging is exceptionally sharp and ‘teething’ lines cannot be seen even by the sharpest eye, nor a single pixel can be singled out on the display.
The contrast, color imaging and brightness are above average, however, not on the level of Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens, which the South Korean giant includes in its smaller mobile devices. Still, Galaxy Note 10.1 provides one of the most sustainable contrasts on tablets and thus offers a very wide viewing angle and excellent brightness, which is not reduced when the tablet is used under any type of lighting.
Unlike Galaxy Note III, the control keys (one physical and two capacitive) are located under the screen, but in the landscape position (not portrait), which hints that Samsung expects the users to prefer this mode, which is entirely logical. Still, when the S Pen is used for writing notes or other tasks, it feels more natural to use the Galaxy Note 10.1 in the portrait position.
Two chipset varieties will be included in the new Galaxy Note 10.1. Samsung has anticipated a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 for the LTE version, while the Wi-Fi-only and 3G/Wi-Fi version will have a 1.9 GHz eight-core Samsung Exynos chip. Google Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) runs on this device with the help of 3 GB of RAM — while testing it out, I did not have even a hundredth of a second of a lag, not even while performing the most demanding tasks and running all those apps which can be seen as actual multitasking.
Software of the second Galaxy Note 10.1 supports all the advanced multitasking options as Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy S4 smartphones.
As the device comes with an 8220 mAh battery, it can be presumed it will provide long-lasting , without the need of recharging it too often.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will first be delivered in two colors: black and white. It should reach the European market at the end of the month, while it will be available in USA in October.