Samsung takes out a bigger notepad, calls it the Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid has just been super-sized, with a new Note being announced for America and featuring a massive 10.1 inch screen, quad-core processor, and pressure-sensitive pen.

Launched as the second “Note” branded device, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is what happens when Samsung takes the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and combines it with the stylus-friendly technology found in the well-reviewed Galaxy Note.

“Galaxy Note 10.1 further demonstrates Samsung’s dedication to delivering products that offer a complete mobile experience for creating personalised and expressive content,” said Samsung’s President of IT and Mobile Communications, JK Shin.

“History has shown that taking notes, capturing ideas immediately, and sketching to realise them is the most personal and natural way to be more productive and creative.”

The new tablet features a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen with 1280×800 screen resolution, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, Google Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, infrared, GPS, and 5 megapixel rear camera.

Samsung’s main feature is what it calls the “S Pen experience” which, like the Galaxy Note before it, means the tablet come with a special 6.5mm pressure sensitive stylus designed to let you draw or paint digitally.

A multiscreen feature also makes it possible to show two apps side-by-side, browsing webpages or watching videos on one, and scrawling notes or drawing with the other. Adobe’s Photoshop Touch also comes pre-loaded on the tablet, normally a $10 purchase on the Google Play Store.

Three versions of the Galaxy Note will be made, with WiFi and WiFi/3G versions made currently, but there’s also a 4G LTE model coming later in the year.

For Australians, all three models are “coming later in the year,” with Samsung yet to announce pricing or availability for the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Samsung’s American press division has suggested markets outside of Korea, Germany, the US, and the UK could receive it from August, so it’s possible we’ll see a local release by the end of the year.