The Galaxy Note 10.1 has quietly bided its time in gadget limbo over the past several months, staying under the radar, waiting for the time to strike. We got a brief glimpse at the device back in February, but nothing substantial has hit since.

Now the device is suddenly in our possession. “IFHGDFG!” That’s us getting really excited.

The Note 10.1’s biggest draw is its S Pen functionality, which allows user to directly draw on the screen, similar to the experience on the current Galaxy Note. Due to the S Pen’s use of pressure sensitivity (256 levels), user will have the ability to take precise notes, draw detailed pictures and scribble down ideas on a whim. Basically, it mimics the pen/paper combo that may one day disappear.

We’re just getting the chance to play with the device. It only just landed at the TechnoBuffalo offices, and our first thought was, of course, to show it off on camera to the rest of the Herd. The design, as expected, is Samsung through and through — plastic casing, smooth build, solid quality — resembling its current Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Once we get more one-on-one time with the Note 10.1 we’ll be sure to bring you our coverage. So far, the experience is great, and we can’t wait to further dive into what the device has to offer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Specs:

  • Release: Available in August
  • Price: Starts at around $500; $750 through Negri
  • OS: Android 4.0 with TouchWiz
  • Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.0 x 0.3-inch
  • Weight: 21.1 ounces
  • Display: 10.1-inch, WXGA (1280×800) LCD
  • Battery: 7,000 mAh
  • Processor: 1.4GHz quad-core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal Storage: 12/32/64 GB )expandable with microSD)
  • Cameras: 5-megapixel with 1080p recording; 1.9-megapixel front
  • Network: Wi-Fi only or 3G/HSPA+ or LTE (coming later)
  • Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Notes: S Pen compatible (256 levels of pressure sensitivity), multiscreen feature (run apps side-by-side), remote blaster included for use as a TV remote

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Gallery: