In a bid to upset the dominance of Apple’s iPad, Samsung has released an iPad like 10 inch tablet Galaxy Note 10.1 with a digital pen, split screen mode and similar price. Starting this Thursday, August 16, the Wi-Fi version of the tablet will be sold in the US, the UK and South Korea. The US$ price of the tablet starts at $499 for 16 gigabytes storage. The 32-gigabyte model, expandable with an external memory card, retails for $549.
Although the screen resolution of Galaxy Note is lower than the iPad, other features like digital pen and split mode (running two apps side-by-side on a screen divided in half) are not available in iPad. The tablet is also equipped with a quad-core processor and 2 gigabytes of RAM.
Samsung introduced pressure-sensitive digital pen, "S Pen" with the Galaxy Note last year. The device was very successful in a year topping 10 million sales. The S Pen in Galaxy Note is told to have been improved to make it feel natural and accurate.
To help gain the education market, Samsung has announced to donate some 600 Galaxy Note tablets to eight different schools in South Korea for their educational needs.