Pardon the cliche, but new tablets are a dime a dozen. Very few of them stand out, and even few of them are worth laying ink to paper, so to speak. However, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 looks to be the exception.
The S-Pen slate will hit retail shelves tomorrow, August 16th, and cost $499 for the 16GB version, and $549 for the 32GB version. For that you get Android’s latest, ICS, a 10.1-inch 1280×800 TFT LCD screen, , quad-core Exynos 4 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, microSD storage expandable to 64GB, 1.9-megapixel front-facing / 5-megapixel rear cameras and a 7,000mAh battery. Sure, it sounds like your standard tablet, but what you should know is that the display on the Galaxy Note 10.1 has been fitted with a Wacom-like digitizer panel optimized for the company’s handwriting recognition software, as well as a number of their stylus-specific, pre-loaded apps, such as Adobe Photoshop. So in theory you should be able to draw in realtime, and hopefully with an accessory that warrants an architect’s time of day.