Samsung has announced the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet in Australia, but consumers looking to purchase a 3G model will need to wait a little longer.
The S Pen equipped Galaxy Note 10.1 will initially be sold through Samsung's newly opened Experience Store in Sydney's CBD. Samsung confirmed last night that the 16GB Wi-Fi only model (N8010) will be the first variant to go on sale, with 3G models (N8000) to follow at a later, unannounced date.
The 16GB Wi-Fi only model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 will retail for $589 outright. In addition to availability at Samsung's new flagship retail store in Sydney, the company said it expected stocks to be available through major retailers JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman this week.
Samsung will eventually sell a 32GB Wi-Fi only model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 in Australia for $699, while the 16GB 3G model is likely to have a retail price of $729 and the 32GB 3G model should set you back $839. These prices have yet to be officially confirmed by Samsung, but all four models of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and their subsequent retail pricing were on show at the launch of the Experience Store last night.
In PC World's review of the Galaxy Note 10.1, we found the stylus and Samsung's software additions an extra element to this tablet over rival devices but the rest of the package is a little disappointing. The popularity of Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphone, which has already sold 10 million units globally, appears to be the prime motivation behind the tablet.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 borrows its name from Samsung's original Galaxy Note smartphone but it is purely a tablet device. The design of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is largely based on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 but comes with Samsung's S Pen which allows users to draw, annotate and write notes on the 10.1in screen.
Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 earlier this year, but upgraded many of the specifications. The tablet comes with Samsung's own Exynos processor, a quad-core 1.4GHz chip, and includes 2GB of RAM. The first version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 announced earlier this year was set to come with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Google's Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android (4.0) out of the box with Samsung's familiar TouchWIZ UI overlay on top. Expect the Galaxy Note 10.1 to get an upgrade to the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean software later this year, though Samsung hasn't locked down a specific time frame for this just yet.
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