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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 gets stylus slot, thank goodness

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been given a makeover, adding a quad-core processor and a holster for the S Pen.

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Samsung's given its upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 a makeover, with the wannabe iPad-troubler now reportedly rocking a quad-core processor, and -- joy of joys -- somewhere to store the stylus.

Tablet Community (translate link) has snapped a shot of the newly designed Note 10.1, which looks to address a massive design flaw that became apparent several months ago.

The Note 10.1 is a big version of Samsung's Galaxy Note smart phone (without the er, phone bits), but when I went hands-on at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I noticed there was nowhere to stow the S Pen stylus when you weren't using it.

Now, however, there's a slot in the side of the tablet to fit a diminutive S Pen into. Samsung also looks to be working on an S Pen holder accessory that turns the tiny, tough-to-grip stick into something that resembles a chunky biro.

Previously packing a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the Note 10.1 is now said to sport a quad-core chip, a switcheroo that -- if true -- should give the Note 10.1 a performance boost and make it better at handling the kinds of photo-manipulation apps Samsung wants you to use the S Pen for.

I've contacted Samsung for confirmation on these changes, and I'll let you know when I hear something.

The Note 10.1 was originally pegged for a UK release between April and June -- here's hoping we don't have long to wait. I'd be amazed if the Note 10.1 manages to put a dent in the iPad's success, but these design tweaks would make the tablet much more appealing to Android enthusiasts.

Do these revisions make you more interested in the Note 10.1? Or would you rather cradle an iPad? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

Image credit: Tablet Community