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Samsung launches Galaxy Note 10.1; 4G LTE version later this year

The device comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0, and a stylus. Despite its size, Samsung does not call it a tablet.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is launching.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is launching.

After a long wait, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 is finally launching.

The device, which was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The most notable advancement over its predecessor, however, is the device's screen, which measures 10.1 inches. The original Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a 5.3-inch screen.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus, allowing users to "write" all over the screen. The device comes in a Wi-Fi-only model, as well as a version equipped with Wi-Fi-and 3G HSPA+. A Wi-Fi-and-LTE option will be launching later this year.

It's worth noting that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is not a replacement for Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Galaxy Note is a distinct product that Samsung sells alongside its tablets. The integration of the stylus is perhaps the most notable difference between the devices.

After Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 10.1 at Mobile World Congress in February, the company declined all requests for information on when it might launch.

Samsung last month issued a Save the Date for an August 15 event. The company said that it was making "a major announcement and unveiling of the newest Galaxy device." Soon after, rampant speculation surfaced, suggesting the unveiling would be the Galaxy Note 10.1.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is available in Korea, Germany, the U.S., and the U.K. Samsung says that it'll start rolling the device out to other countries starting this month.

CNET has contacted Samsung for information on the Galaxy Note 10.1's pricing. We will update this story when we have more information.

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