Samsung announced its GALAXY Note 10.1 for the U.S. market. The GALAXY Note 10.1 extends the GALAXY Note smartphone category and has a multiscreen feature that is compatible with several other features, including, among others, a digital “S Pen” and Adobe Photoshop Touch.
Multiscreen Feature Allows Multitasking
GALAXY Note 10.1’s multiscreen feature allows users to utilize two different applications side-by-side simultaneously. Users can view web pages or videos or launch other applications while using the digital S Pen on the other half of the screen. Users can also capture and crop images from an app on one side of the screen, and drag them to an app on the other side. Apps supported for multiscreen include S Note, internet browser, video player, email, gallery and Polaris Office.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 also offers the pop-up play feature introduced on the GALAXY S III Smartphone. The feature lets users play back videos in a floating window that can be overlaid anywhere on the screen, and users also have the ability to adjust the size of the video window.
In addition, GALAXY Note 10.1 offers a mini-apps tray that can launch a selection of mini-apps on top of others apps, including Alarm, S Note, music player, email, calculator and world clock.
S Pen and S Note Allow Content Creation
The GALAXY Note 10.1 S Pen has 1,024 levels of sensitivity and is embedded into a slot in the device. When removed, it activates a taskbar that allows access to S Pen-compatible apps such as S Note, Adobe Photoshop Touch and Polaris Office. Users can also set their preferred application to be launched instantly.
The S Note application lets users combine notes and sketches with other digital content in ready-to-use templates. Shape Match converts hand-drawn shapes such a square and lines into clean versions, while Formula Match can solve formulas hand-written with the S Pen.
S Note is also integrated with search engines which allow users to search for content and drag and drop content onto S Note without having to switch between screens.
Adobe Photoshop Touch for Photo Editing
Adobe Photoshop Touch comes preloaded on the GALAXY Note 10.1, and the program comes compatible with the device’s S Pen. Users are able to control brush size and opacity by adjusting the pressure of the S Pen on the screen.
Users can also use Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create images or use the GALAXY Note 10.1 camera to fill an area on a layer with the camera fill feature. Additionally, users can add or remove people or objects from a photo or blend two photos together using Photoshop Touch on the GALAXY Note 10.1.
Other Partner Features
Samsung has added several other partner products with the GALAXY Note 10.1, including education software company Kno, the NOOK reading app from Barnes & Noble with a NOOK for Android widget, Dropbox and Samsung Smart Remote.
GALAXY Note 10.1 comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of internal RAM. The device also includes a 5-megapixel main camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 carries over several features first introduced with the GALAXY S III smartphone. These include the ShareShot photo-sharing application, Smart Stay camera detection software and Allshare Play and Group Cast content-sharing capabilities.
"Our goal with the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 was simple – redefine the tablet experience,” said Tim Baxter, President, Samsung Electronics America. “The S Pen offers both active content creation as well as passive content consumption, while the multiscreen capability finally enables true multitasking. For the user, the resulting experience is completely new and quite unexpected.”