When Samsung first launched its Galaxy Note smartphone with a stylus and a massive 5.3-inch screen, the electronics maker argued that the Note was the first in a whole new class of device — neither a phone nor a tablet, but something in between. Well, we weren’t buying the hype. When Wired tested the Note, we discovered it was neither a phablet nor a tablone, but rather just a really big smartphone.
Samsung’s next Note, however, definitely won’t be a phone. On Monday, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will launch sometime in August, and will be a full-fledged tablet. In fact, the Note 10.1 is essentially the same device as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, except for a spec bump and the addition of Samsung software that allows you to put the S Pen to task scribbling out quick annotations, taking screenshots, and editing photos, among other things.
As our U.K. colleagues saw back in February, the Note 10.1 even looks mostly the same as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Both devices feature 1,280×800 displays and run on Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. On the inside, the Note 10.1 will feature Samsung’s 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, a jump from the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1′s 1GHz dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM.
While Samsung did say on Monday that the Note 10.1 will hit U.S. retailers in August, company officials did not offer up an exact launch date. We asked if the August 15 Galaxy Note event in New York will focus on the Note 10.1 or a new Note phone as has been rumored, but Samsung officials declined to comment.