Samsung has officially rolled out the Galaxy Note 10.1 but Australia may have wait a little bit more on the device as the Asian tech giant said only consumers in Germany and the United Arab Emirates will get their hands on the new product.
A statement issued by the South Korean firm described as the newly-launched gadget as "nearly a tablet PC," in terms of size and even functions, basing on the specs earlier published by the company now known as the current smartphone king.
Experts said the Note 10.1, an offshoot of the relative hit and smaller Galaxy Note, was part of Samsung's underway efforts to gain inroads in the tablet market, which is a turf largely dominated by Apple since the iPad was first introduced two years ago.
IDC said last week that Apple has maintained its overwhelming lead in the global tablet competition over the past seven quarters, which its share pegged by the research firm at more that 80 per cent by the end of June 2012.
Samsung is way behind at less than 10 per cent of the whole market pie for the product but IDC noted that tablet shipments from the company surged by more than 100 per cent in the past 12 months leading to June this year, indicating a considerable traction for Samsung, which earlier this year has admitted that its tablet offerings were not measuring up to that of Apple's iPad.
Its new thrust, however, in the market, should attract the attention of more global buyers this time, according to Samsung mobile division chief Shin Jong-kyun.
"The advanced technology and features included in Galaxy Note 10.1 give users the power to produce, create and customise communications," Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted Mr Shin as saying in statement released on Tuesday.
A report by tech news site ZDNet last week labelled the Note 10.1 as physically to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is the subject of a pre-trial injunction in the United States.
But beneath the surface, the new product is operated by Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a quad-core processor with speed of 1.4GHz plus a 2GB RAM, underscoring the Note 10.1's more advanced features compared to its Tab siblings.
Like the smaller Note 'phablet', Samsung deployed its new tablet with a stylus it called S-Pen, which further extends users' touchscreen manipulation of the device.
"The Galaxy Note 10.1 ... will offer our customers a new way to use and experience a tablet device. As well as being able to consume content such as videos, photos, document and the internet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 also gives them the power to produce, create and customise that same content," ZDNet reported Samsung's UK branch as saying in announcing that the product will become commercially available in the nation by mid-August.
Samsung confirmed that advisory this week, adding that the note will likely hit the U.S. market and the company's homebase, South Korea, at around the same time.
It is not clear, however, if the ongoing U.S. trial hearing the Apple-Samsung patent wars will negatively impact on Samsung's plans to bring the Note 10.1 to the North American region as early as possible.
The two tech giants are currently resolving their legal disputes in a number of key markets around the world, with the results in the U.S. side of the battle seen by analysts as likely precursor for what will unfold in court rooms the world over.
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