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Samsung re-announces the Galaxy Note 10.1, this time with quad-core power

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Redesign Front

No need to wait for more information, it’s finally out, check out our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet review. 

Remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? It was revealed back in February during Mobile World Congress, and brings the Galaxy Note’s S-Pen stylus to the Galaxy Tab tablet, creating a hybrid of a hybrid.

Except that it wasn’t all that great. Aside from the S-Pen, it was almost identical to the Tab 2, plus its 1.4Ghz dual-core processor and 1280 x 800 pixel resolution screen didn’t grab many headlines once Apple announced the new iPad.

Rumors circulated that Samsung had decided to hold off releasing the Note 10.1 to add some spice to the spec sheet, and that the tablet would make a return later in the year. Sure enough, Samsung has re-announced the Note 10.1, and it’s all set to go on sale later this month.

So what has changed? The dual-core processor has been ditched in favor of the Exynos 4 Quad quad-core chip, with a clock speed of 1.4Ghz. A Mali-400MP graphics chip and 2GB of RAM round out the internal makeover.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Redesign Rear

Externally, the design hasn’t been drastically altered, but Samsung has recognized that not providing a slot for the S-Pen stylus on the original was madness, and has added a neat little home for the S-Pen in this revised version.

Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, plus a 1.9 megapixel lens on the front for video-calls, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a microSD card slot. The Note 10.1 will be available with a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, and either just Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi with 3G, plus in the near future, the option of 4G LTE too.

The updated processor, RAM and 3G/4G connectivity option brings the Note 10.1 right up-to-date, however it’s a shame Samsung hasn’t given the screen resolution a boost, as it remains at 1280 x 800. That’s lower than the Transformer Pad Infinity, and identical to the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone.

This may be due to the Exynos 4 Quad though, as Samsung says the chip was designed only to drive displays with a resolution up to 1366 x 768.

If you’ve been waiting for the Galaxy Note 10.1, provided you live in the US, the UK, Germany or Korea, you’ll be able to buy one later this month. Samsung hasn’t confirmed all the pricing yet, but GSMarena.com says the Wi-Fi models will begin at 479 euros and the 3G-enabled Notes at 599 euros. This converts to $590 and $740 respectively.

Chances are, we’ll learn more at the Samsung event set for August 15. In the meantime, if you have six minutes to spare, watch the Samsung video below, in which it demonstrates the Note 10.1’s apps designed to make use of the S-Pen Stylus.