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Quad-core Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet costs $500, $550

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 makes a play against the iPad's tablet dominance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
A pressure-sensitive stylus sets apart Samsung's quad-core, Android 4.0 Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.
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On the heels of last week's global launch, Samsung has officially announced U.S. pricing for its 10-inch Galaxy Note tablet.

The tablet, whose standout feature is its pressure-sensitive S Pen stylus and compatible apps, comes in two colors, deep gray and white. It also comes in two storage capacities. A 16GB model costs $499, but $549 gets you 32GB for your movies, music, photos, and apps. An additional $50 for double the internal memory is a nice, juicy carrot to upsell customers to the pricier model. (The Apple's iPad pricing runs along similar lines: the $499 entry-level price gets you 16GB of storage; $599 gets you 32GB; and $699 gets you up to 64GB.)

Here in the U.S., Samsung is peddling the Wi-Fi-only Note 10.1 for now, but the device-maker has said before that it plans to launch a 4G LTE-ready version later this year. The Note 10.1 will also update with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean later this year.

Units go on sale August 16 from BestBuy, Office Depot, Amazon, TigerDirect, and H.H. Gregg.

In addition to its productive and creative proclivities, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has gathered top specs. Samsung's latest flagship tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features the company's own quad-core Exynos processor. It also has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing camera for video chats.

How does it compare to the iPad? Is the high price tag worth it? Check out CNET's full, thorough Galaxy Note 10.1 review for more details on the features you care about most.

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