Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Is Windows 8 Tablet Better?

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By Kristin Dian Mariano | August 9, 2012 3:50 PM EST

Portable PC manufacturer Lenovo announced yesterday that its new ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be released on October powered by Windows 8 OS.

"Today we are excited to reveal the fruit of this collaborative co-engineering, the ThinkPad Tablet 2, a joint effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel," vice president and general manager of ThinkPad Business Unit Dilip Bhatia said in a press release.

Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, on the other hand, finally arrived in Germany and United Arab Emirates last Monday and is expected to be released worldwide in the coming weeks. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is powered by Google's Android software although reports did not specify whether it is the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich.

 Is it better than Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1?Below is a comparison of the two devices.

Screen Display

Both devices will sport a 10.1 inch screen display. However, the two tablets will have a difference when it comes to pixel resolution. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will have 1280×800 PLS 150 ppi display; while Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have 1,366 x 768 IPS display.

Processor

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be equipped with Intel Atom processor; while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will sport the same processor of Samsung Galaxy S3 - Exynos 4412 chipset.

Operating System

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be powered by Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that will eventually be followed by a Jelly Bean upgrade. However, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will sport the latest Windows 8 OS.

Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is boating that it has 7000 mAh battery, which is expected to last for long hours. The only information about ThinkPad Tablet 2 is it will last up to 10 hours.

Camera

It looks like Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 overtakes Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 by integrating 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera. The latter is only equipped with 5 megapixel shooter on the rear and 1.5 megapixel on the front.

Connectivity

A key ingredient in mobile device success is the ability to connect to the Web when away from a WiFi connection. Luckily, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with both WiFi and 3G connectivity, allowing users to surf the Internet wherever they want.

Furthermore, Samsung is promising that it will release a 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 later this year. It's not immediately clear when that device will launch, but when it does, it'll be worth acquiring.

Unfortunately, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will support AT&T LTE network.

Release Date

Reports said that Samsung started selling Galaxy Note 10.1 in Germany and UAE. Worldwide release of Samsung's tablet is expected next week on August 15. Lenovo announced that the Windows 8 tablet will be available on in October.

Based from the aforementioned specs, it is worth to buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. However, one can anticipate a smoother and user-friendly performance of the Windows 8 operating system in a tablet.

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