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We unbox the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet
[[artnid:433129|The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1]] has just hit the market in the US, but there's no word on an Australian release. Thanks to online store [[xref:http://www.mobicity.com.au/samsung-galaxy-note-tablet-10-1.html|MobiCity]], we've managed to get our hands on a review unit! Let's unbox the Galaxy Note 10.1 and run through some of its features.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 box. Note that this packaging may differ to the final Australian packing, if and when the Note officially launches Down Under.
Opening the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Our review unit appears to be a Spanish model but it works perfectly well in Australia. It's a Wi-Fi + quad-band 3G 16GB variant, which carries the N8000 model number. Samsung also sells Wi-Fi only models of the Note 10.1 in some other markets, denoted by the model number N8010.
Unpacking the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Our Galaxy Note 10.1 came packaged with two users guides (in Spanish and English), a European charger, a USB cable, a headset with in-line volume controls and replacement ear tips for the headphones in small, medium and large sizes.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 earlier this year, but the company has gone back to the drawing board and made a few changes. Most of these changes centre around internal specifications. The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with Samsung's own Exynos processor, a quad-core 1.4GHz chip and 2GB of RAM. It also has a 5-megapixel rear camera.
The first version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 announced earlier this year was set to come with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 3-megapixel snapper so the upgrades are definitely welcomed.
The back of the Galaxy Note 10.1 Note the sticker on the back which shows users how to remove the S-Pen stylus.
Removing the S-Pen is easy. When the pen is removed the Note 10.1 launches a quick launch menu that highlights shortcuts to all S-Pen compatible apps.
The S-Pen is responsive and there's not too much lag when you're drawing or writing on the screen. It's not just an ordinary stylus, either. Built-in pressure sensitivity means a firm press increases the width of any on-screen drawing or writing. An on-screen cursor can be set to appear whenever the pen hovers close to the screen, without actually touching it. Samsung has also built-in palm rejection support into the tablet, so when you're using the pen you can rest your palm on the screen without accidentally bumping anything.
We prefer this Galaxy Note 10.1's S-Pen to the one Samsung used on the [[artnid:406729|Galaxy Note smartphone]]. It's thicker and therefore more comfortable to hold.
The top of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. From left to right: a full-sized SIM card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an Infrared port, a microSD slot for extra memory, the volume control and the power/lock key.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1's dock port.
The 5-megapixel rear camera has a single LED flash.
Samsung hasn't broken any new ground with the Galaxy Note 10.1's design. The company has stuck with an almost identical build to its [[artnid:433508|Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet]]. The Note 10.1 has the same silver bezel on either size, the same speaker placement and virtually identical button placement.
Samsung hasn't stated if or when the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be released in Australia.