updated 09:05 am EDT, Wed May 23, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 case redesigned
The forthcoming, and heavily re-engineered, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has had its case redesigned to accommodate the S Pen. Although the smaller Galaxy Note 5.3 has a slot for the S Pen, it took observers by surprise at Mobile World Congress in February when Samsung first revealed the device without an in-built location to stow it. Since its Barcelona unveiling, Samsung has completely revamped the Note 10.1 and has now also shoehorned the same 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor from the Galaxy S III into the device.
The extended delay between the first unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and its future launch was said to have been motivated by Samsung's desire to leapfrog the new iPad in terms of performance. With Apple seemingly locked into an annual upgrade cycle for its mobile products, it is now not expected to debut a fully quad-core iPad until at least early next year. Although some had expected Apple to launch a quad-core iPad in January this year, Apple delivered a revised version of its A5 dual-core processor from the iPad 2, but tweaked it with a quad-core GPU.
With the unexpected popularity of Samsung's Galaxy Note 5.3, in part attributed to its tailor-made S Pen, Samsung appears to have shifted its tablet strategy to the Galaxy Note 10.1. The addition of the new system architecture as well as the case redesign is hoped to boost its modest tablet sales. Samsung has revealed that the Galaxy Note 5.3 has shipped in excess of 5 million units; however, it has so far been coy about how many Galaxy Tabs it has sold, having admitted that they were not selling as well as hoped.
The latest pictures of the revised Galaxy Note 10.1 also show that Samsung has also prepped a special S Pen holder, which is designed to accommodate the redesigned S Pen for the new Note 10.1. Apparently, Samsung has made the new S Pen much thinner, so it could fit the S Pen slot into its design. The S Pen holder will make the S Pen easier and more comfortable to hold when in use. [via Netbook News]