BY | March 5, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Vs Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 showdown may not materialize as people would like to go for better second generation Galaxy Tab 2

Until the MWC 2012, we had only a single 10.1-inch Android tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. But, the Korean tech maker stunned us all with a 10.1-inch version of its celebrated 5.3-inch tablet-phone, the Galaxy Note at the event in Barcelona, Spain. Plus, Samsung surfaced a second upgrade for its 8-month-older Tab 10.1, dubbed the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. And so, the market will get two Samsung-branded 10.1-inch Android tablets in a couple of months.

Form factor
Both gadgets are 10.1-inch tablets. Design wise, they look like almost the same. Their length and height precisely match with 256.7 x 175.3mm. But, when it comes to density and weight, the Note 10.1 slightly beats the Tab 2 10.1. When the former highlights 8.9mm thinness and 583 grams weight, the latter is 9.7mm thick and 588 grams heavy.

Display screen
Well, both the Note 10.1 and Tab 2 10.1 sport 10.1-inch displays. They are PLS TFT capacitive touchscreens with the same resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels and 149 ppi. But, the Tab 2 10.1 touts Corning Gorilla Glass protection and TouchWiz UX user interface. In reply, the Note 10.1 is to come with Samsung’s famous S-Pen digitizer for easy navigation on the large screen.

Processor & RAM
The Note 10.1 is more powerful with a dual core 1.4 GHz CPU over the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which mounts a dual core 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor. Both devices are to come with 1GB of RAM for additional strength. CPU of the Note is not yet specified; however, it will do well thanks to increased clock speed.

Storage
Adequate storage is an essential aspect of a tablet, especially when it becomes more powerful. In this regard, the Note 10.1 simply makes score with three memory options, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The Tab 2 10.1 falls short to the Note missing the highest 64GB option. The device has the basic 16GB and 32GB options only. However, both tablets come with microSD slots that can support external memory sticks up to 32GB.

Operating System
Of course, these tablets will ship with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Customers are keenly waiting for more strong tablets on the ICS.

Camera
Both tablets exactly match in the specs of rear camera. An 8-megapixel 2048 x 1536 pixels camera with autofocus and LED flash is up there on the Note 10.1 and Tab 2 10.1 alike. The devices can shoot video 1080p @30fps and they feature geo-tagging also. But, turning to the secondary camera, we can see that the Note 10.1 simply outdoes the Tab with a 2-megapixel camera. In fact, Samsung downgraded the Tab 10.1 original’s 1.3-megapixel front camera to a VGA on its new version.

Data connectivity
Well, in data connectivity options, the Note 10.1 and Tab 2 10.1 share very similar features. The devices come with GPRS (Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps), EDGE (Class 12),    HSDPA (21 Mbps) HSUPA (5.76 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.2 with A2DP. There are also Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot and USB 2.0 port on the tablets.

Battery
Both gadgets pack in the same Li-Ion 7000 mAh standard batteries. The company hasn’t mentioned anything on the battery longevity, though.

Release date and price
Samsung has just mentioned that both devices will shortly be available in stores. Possibly, we can find their official release in the second quarter itself. Meanwhile, it has said nothing on their pricing. However, let us presume that the Note 10.1 will be priced higher than the Tab 2 10.1. Samsung might have stayed away from more hardware advancements on the second version of Tab 10.1, thus it can sell the product for a low price.

Verdict
The Galaxy Note 10.1 obviously overrules the Tab 2 10.1 in specs and features. Samsung might sell the Note for a better price and the Tab 2 for a low price. That is why it would have brought less hardware overhauls on the device. What’s more, the company even downgraded its front camera to VGA evidently to make it as affordable as possible.

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  • George M

    I think the note 10.1 definitely very intriguing. This high tech stylus definitely sets it apart from other tablets. My question is – will I be able to reply to my email message by writing with this pen. And for instance can I mark up an email and send it back…

  • Kola Oyekale

    The note 10.1 is fascinating, when will this galaxy note be available, I’m interested