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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes to life

Multitasking

A closer look at that S Pen

New S Pen design

S Pen family tree

Camera bump

From port to port

Colors

Pricing and availability

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet was something special from the moment it first popped out from beneath its top-secret coverings at Mobile World Congress last February. It's in this tablet that Samsung's Galaxy Note's S Pen stylus for work and for play meets a form factor that gives it room to run.
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The larger display allows for side-by-side multitaskting, starting with six apps total. In addition, Samsung has partnered with app-makers like Adobe and Polaris Office to make their creative and productivity tools compatible with the S Pen. A quad-core Samsung processor promises to multitask with speed.
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Thanks to its 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and click-in holster, the Wacom-licensed S Pen is a great tool for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet.
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The Note 10.1's S Pen is larger and more square than its smartphone cousin. Its flat sides resist rolling and the grooved button is designed to avoid accidental presses.
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From top to bottom, there's the original Galaxy Note S Pen, followed by the wand for the Note 10.1 tablet, an aftermarket pen with an "eraser" tip, and the S Pen Holder Kit, which has a wider, more comfortable rubber grip and comes with an extra S Pen to slip inside.
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The Note 10.1 has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.9-megapixel lens up front. This is a nice bump up from the 3-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
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A microSD card takes up to 32GB in external storage, has an infra-red (IR) blaster, and supports a USB connection through an adapter port.
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You can get the Galaxy Note 10.1 in two colors, deep gray or white, with a silver trim.
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There are similarly two storage capacities for the Note 10.1. Buying the 16GB version on August 16 costs you $499.00, but spend $50 more, $549.00, to take home the 32GB model with double the internal storage. RAM will be 2GB for both.
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