Reported by: Robert Klien
The arrival of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has paved way for stiff competition among major tablet vendors. Of all, it would be Apple’s iPad that would be a fitting match to balk at its race for supremacy.
Since Samsung’s first foray into the Android tab market with the 10-inch Galaxy Tab, it has gone back to the drawing board to radically realign its tablet strategy by bringing a completely different looking device. The retooled tablet has many cutting-edge features that can spark a tablet revolution. And the top device to compete with Galaxy Note 10.1 without question would be Apple iPad, the lone conqueror who had no serious contender to race with for many years. Now that there is an official announcement for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, here is an extensive look at few of the features and functionality found in Samsung’s new tablet when stacked up against the rival iPad.
Samsung’s smartphone success is proving to build the momentum for other devices the Korean giant produces. Their strategy to deliver high quality products has ensured them a place among the best in the industry. The Galaxy S3 has helped the cause of Samsung becoming the world’s largest smartphone maker in 2012. It is the successor to the S2 Android phone. Fact of the matter is, Galaxy S3 is designed by 1000 employees based on recent legal battle proceeding between Samsung and Apple, reports Forbes. For the iPhone and iPad, Apple only had a team of 15 industrial designers along with Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design.
And the latest design on S3 speaks the volume of success it accomplished, especially the record breaking pre-order figures. The same design has inspired the Galaxy Note 10.1 which looks like a bigger S3 in the making. But Apple products’ design is not a mere accomplishment. Actually they are backed up by a leading team of designers widely regarded as one of the world’s best. And Apple iPad floating over the top in the market is the proof for this. But this time around iPad has Galaxy Note 10.1 to contend with.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-inch comes with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution display. In fact Apple iPad’s latest 9.7-inch launch has 2048 x 1536 pixels resolution. The screen resolution perfectly fits the device and is sufficient for great viewing experience.
To leave no stone unturned, Samsung will ensure features and specs of its rival tablets will be covered in the forthcoming device. Samsung has smartphone designs ranging from 3-inch to 4.8-inch along with 5.3-inch rendition. Currently the tablet market features 7-inch and 10.1-inch versions. However, the biggest suprise awaiting consumers is the 11.8-inch 2560 x 1600 pixels HD PLS-LCD screen panel featuring 2 GHz Exynos 5250 Cortex-A15 processor with ARM Mali-604 graphics that was showcased by Samsung in January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012. This display will most probably be featured in the new tablet, according to court documents from the Apple-Samsung trial. The device is codenamed P10 and is slated to be released anytime in 2012. Samsung could have released the beast earlier but the court trials may have stopped the Korean giant from delivering the device.
Value for Money:
Apple has remained a brand much sought after as they truly understand consumers’ demands and have come out with products at luring price. Apple never compromises on the quality. Samsung might be following similar footsteps to deliver the best and cost effective. The Negri Electronics has listed the tablet for $750 as a pre-order. Also reports inform that the device will be priced for 479 euro ($600) in Europe.
Samsung’s Android might is for everyone to see as their tablets feature leading mobile OS platform in the world. Analytics firm Canalys has reported that Android has a hold on 68% of the global smartphone market whereas iOS figures stand at 16% in Q2 2012. In China alone Android has 81% of share of the smartphone market. In fact China has 27% of the global smartphone industry compared to 16% in the United States. Android outperformed the global smartphone industry by showing growth of 110% while iOS stands at 28%.
Majority of the figures is mostly from smartphone dominance. Looking at Apple, iPad continues to dominate the tablet market. Apple tablet owns 68.2% of the global tablet market. Apple shipped 17 million tablets for a year-over-year gain of 84.3%. However, Samsung tablet shipment has gained the biggest percentage gain that is 117.6%. But Samsung still stands a bit far as they have shipped only 2 million tablets in Q2. Most probably the upcoming tablet can change the stand sooner for Samsung to catch up. Meanwhile analyst from RBC Capital, Amit Daryanani has reported that Apple could sell 40 million units of the smaller version of its tablet, in just the first 12 months. That will double their prospect as there would be additional $10 billion in revenue and another $1.15 a share in earnings.
Apart from these figures, it is to be noted that Jelly Bean has arrived which is the new version of Android to provide butter smooth OS experience. According to Sam Mobile , inside sources have reported that Jelly Bean firmware for Galaxy S3 has gone through the testing stage. The website stated: “the test firmwares for the Galaxy S3 are passed and they are working on a public version of the first Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S3.The wait is on the public version and the agreement of Google.” Meanwhile other devices expected to receive the updates include Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note. Samsung is planning to apply Jelly Bean updates to three phones around the end of the third quarter to the beginning of Q4 2012. Hence Samsung rolling out the update to Galaxy Note 10.1 is a probability.
The new Galaxy Note 10.1-inch includes most of Galaxy S3 features. The device has quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera and 1.9-megapixel secondary camera. The Pop Up Play and Smart Stay supported by front camera found in S3 has also made it into the device. It is 8.9 mm thick, weighs 600 g for 3G version while Wi-Fi only weighs 597g and comes with 7000 mAh battery. There is also quad Band 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, HSPA 21-Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, 16/32/64GB options and up to 64 GB microSD support. The Wi-Fi version and 3G version will be available this month but LTE version will be rolled out later this year.
Few of the features are specifically built for business customers in mind, especially for those concerned on security. The features included are Exchange ActiveSync, On-Device Encryption and VPN support.
Another impressive feature is the S Pen. The press release of Samsung says: “The S Pen is embedded directly in the device and when removed, automatically launches specially optimised applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch, and Polaris Office…It’s possible to use two different applications side-by-side simultaneously. So Web pages and videos can be viewed, or applications launched using one half of the screen, at the same time as the other half is used for writing or sketching ideas with the S Pen.”
With the release of Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung surely looks to give Apple a run for their money. It would be a battle of the titans. Who will sustain and survive is only for consumers to decide.