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Galaxy Note 10.1 secrets revealed

Vendor readies shipment of its Galaxy Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is due to begin shipping next week.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is due to begin shipping next week.

Samsung has revealed more details about the Galaxy Note 10.1, the version of its stylus-equipped tablet that's perhaps the biggest threat to Apple's iPad yet.

Galaxy Note 10.1 is due to begin shipping next week after an official coming out party on August 15, the company has stated.

Nearly twice the size of its 5.3-inch Galaxy Note predecessor, the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note will be built around an Exynos quad-core system-on-chip running at 1.4 GHz with 2 GB of system RAM, but it will include neither NFC nor cell phone radios.

Samsung's new tablet will run an all-new version of TouchWiz, the company's custom interface overlay for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

For note-taking, Samsung includes a proprietary handwriting recognition engine along with palm-rejection technology for natural hand positioning.

Also still present are Samsung's mini-apps, which pop up within other apps and provide calculator, calendar and other targeted functionality. The new TouchWiz adds more mini-apps and lets users decide which ones pop up by default. Also new, video can be played back inside a resizable window that can be positioned anywhere on the screen.

Galaxy Note 10.1 also will come with Adobe Photoshop Touch, a version of the popular image editing software that's optimized for S-Pen, Samsung's pressure-sensitive stylus. It works with the same touch-sensitive grid technology found in Wacom tablets. There are about 40 S-Pen optimized apps available now in the Google Play marketplace, according to Merrill, with more coming.

Samsung says Galaxy Note 10.1 will begin shipping on August 16, and it lists for $499 with 16 GB and $599 with 32 GB. Both include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, front (5 MP) and rear (1.9 MP) cameras with LED flash, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 support (optional adapter), stereo speakers, microSD card slot (32 GB max.) and a 30-pin multipurpose interface connector.

Samsung has also said that following next week's official launch, will begin a worldwide, multimedia marketing blitz that includes national television spots, positioning the devices in B2B and B2C categories. It will be sold through all channels, including big-box retailers, regional distributors and VARs.