In the flesh – Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Few days after it was launched in the U.S., we got hold of the actual unit of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 courtesy of Samsung Philippines. If you are one of those who are excited to check out how it looks, where are buttons, how is the speed and all. Hold on as we unbox the actual unit and let us describe every part of it. We will also share a little hands on experience as shared by the folks at Samsung Philippines.

Here we go, check what is inside the box. Have you check your iPad box? It is quite similar to that.

Inside the box are few items bundled to the Note 10.1 – a USB cable which can be used a charger and data cable, also very similar to the charger used by iPad, a standard stereo headset, the AC adapter and most importantly it has one set of stylus tips, the S-Pen stylus also is included in the package.

The “phablet” or a tablet with a phone function is packed with the specs like of what is with S3 – a quad-core Exynos 1.4Ghz processor, it has a 5MP rear camera, the front camera is 1.9MP, an IR port which you can use are remote control for your TV (top brands only – my Devant LED TV is not in the list. 🙁 Fail!), and DVD and media players, the S-Pen stylus has  more features that when you use it, the experience is close to a real-life note pad writing. A new feature called Multiscreen allows you to split your screen into two – you can browse while playing a video clip.

Where are the buttons located, you may ask? Check out some of our photos below.

The bottom part has only one port, the iPad-like USB charger port or a docking station port.

The top has most of the buttons – Power/Sleep button, Volume rocker, microSD slot, IR port, and a regular SIM slot.

The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 comes with premium apps pre-loaded already when you buy the tablet. It has office app called Polaris Office, and Adobe Photoshop Touch for basic editing of your photos. Pop-up play for videos which was available in Galaxy S3 is also present, you will enjoy this on your Multi-scree mode.

The tablet has phone function which allows your make your regular phone calls, just take note that you will hear the other party via the speakers of the tablet, so it is advised that you use your headset or buy a Bluetooth headset for a better experience. You can also send and receive SMS, plus you can use this as hotspot Wi-Fi Acess Point.


Here’s a sample photo with the multiscreen mode of Galaxy Note 10.1.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be launched in the Philippines towards the end of August, and will be available in stores in September. The only model that will be available in the country is the 16G 3G model.



Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  will be available in white and black versions and will retail for P32,990.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Spec Sheet.

Processor 1.4GHz Quad-core Exynos,Mali400MP GPU
Display 10.1” PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen (1280 x 800)
Android OS Android 4.0.3 Ice CreamSandwich, Samsung TouchWiz UI
Network HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps with full phone support
Storage 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD up to 64GB
Camera 5-MP rear camera with flash, 720p @ 30 fps video recording, 1.9MP front camera
Features S Pen stylus, Multi-screen, Infrared port
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
  Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
Ports microUSB (MHL) v2.0, USB Host support (via an adapter)
Dimension 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
Weight 600g
Battery Li-ion 7,000mAh battery


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