Posted by | Posted in Smartphones News | Posted on 05-08-2012
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 breaks its silence with a double leak providing updated specs and potentially a release date soon.
The first leak comes from an alleged service manual for the tablet from an anonymous source published in SamMobile, and features some slight changes from what was previously announced.
The most notable upgrade comes from the 1.4GHz quad-core processor, which was originally announced as a dual-core processor at the same speed.
The camera also features an upgrade, now listed as a 5 mega pixel camera with auto focus and LED flash compared to the 3 mega pixel lens revealed in February.
However, the service manual leak is brought into question by the sparse information it provides. Specs that one would expect to find in a service manual, such as system RAM and processor model, are missing.
The second leak is more promising, coming from Negri Electronics, which tweeted an image of an open Galaxy Note 10.1 box.
The tweet accompanied a new pre-order listing with the retailer, advertising a steep $749.50 price (down from a crossed out $798.50 price) and an expected ship date of August 4.
The pre-order page also confirms the updated specs above, specifying that the processor will be the Exynos 4412, the same quad-core processor found in the Galaxy S3 smartphone.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 features Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich and a screen resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It also has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of system memory that is expandable through an SD card slot.
The rear 5-MP camera is capable of 720p video recording, and is paired with a front-facing 2-MP camera.
Of course, the tablet’s biggest feature is the included S-Pen stylus, which is used to draw and write with the device and its pre-loaded Photoshop Touch app.
Official word coming soon
With Negri Electronics already taking online pre-orders, we should expect an official announcement from Samsung in the very near future.
A Samsung representative confirmed the company will reveal a new Galaxy Note during a press conference scheduled for August 29.
The Samsung Mobile Unpack event in Berlin is expected to be the unveiling for the Galaxy Note 2, a 5.5-inch upgrade to the existing 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.
However, the timing may be right for a double announcement on August 29, with the Galaxy Note 10.1 making its official debut on the Berlin stage.
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