Tablet Community (translate link) has snapped a shot of the newly designed Note 10.1, which looks to address a massive design flaw that became apparent several months ago.
The Note 10.1 is a big version of Samsung’s Galaxy Note smart phone (without the er, phone bits), but when I went hands-on at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I noticed there was nowhere to stow the S Pen stylus when you weren’t using it.
Now, however, there’s a slot in the side of the tablet to fit a diminutive S Pen into. Samsung also looks to be working on an S Pen holder accessory that turns the tiny, tough-to-grip stick into something that resembles a chunky biro.
Previously packing a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, the Note 10.1 is now said to sport a quad-core chip, a switcheroo that — if true — should give the Note 10.1 a performance boost and make it better at handling the kinds of photo-manipulation apps Samsung wants you to use the S Pen for.
I’ve contacted Samsung for confirmation on these changes, and I’ll let you know when I hear something.
The Note 10.1 was originally pegged for a UK release between April and June — here’s hoping we don’t have long to wait. I’d be amazed if the Note 10.1 manages to put a dent in the iPad’s success, but these design tweaks would make the tablet much more appealing to Android enthusiasts.
Image credit: Tablet Community