Tablets have been on the rise this year. Although Apple remains on top with their 2 new iPads, Android tablets are not far behind. Budget conscious folks are eyeing the afforable tablets from Cherry Mobile and Starmobile. There are cheap international alternatives from Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and Asus. Microsoft is also gaining ground on the tablet scene. Even Nokia has their own tablet now.
Samsung made a big upgrade with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. I spotted a demo unit of a Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) in Samsung’s biggest store in SM Aura and was able to play around with it.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
- 2.3 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (LTE model)
- 1.9 GHz Octa Core Exynos processor (WiFi only and 3G model)
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 16/32/64 GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 10.1 inch Super Clear Full HD LCD display (2560 x 1600 pixels) 299 ppi
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- WiFi, WiFi hotspot, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Android 4.3 Jellybean
- SRP: P25,990 (WiFi only)
Hardware and Built Quality:
Just like the Galaxy Note 3, the tablet version sports the same fake leather back and also makes it more premium. The tablet is very solid and well built. It also has the iconic S Pen.
This is probably the biggest upgrade from the previous model. Sporting a full HD Super Clear LCD with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, the display is absolutely gorgeous! It is probably one of the displays on a tablet right now. The screen is perfect for watching movies and playing games.
Performance and Software:
The variant that we have here available is the WiFi variant only powered by a 1.9GHz Octa-Core Exynos processor. Yes, the LTE variant powered by 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is not available here. But I do heard that Kimstore is selling the LTE variant but I have no idea how much. Better check Kimstore if you do want the LTE model. Overall, performance is snappy and quick. No lags whatsoever have been encountered.
Based on paper, the tablet has a 8,220 mAh battery. Man, that is huge! I asked the kind people of Samsung in SM Aura about customer’s feedback on the battery. According to them, a customer said that the battery lasted for 2 full days of moderate use with more than 15% left with it.
I do admit that the lack of LTE is a big downer for me but thanks to Kimstore, LTE variant was made available to us. This is probably one of the best tablets you can buy.