Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 has arrived in the U.S.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1
Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 now available in the U.S. (Image: © Samsung)

Samsung Electronics has finally announced it’s highly anticipated GALAXY Note 10.1 for the U.S. market. The device is available for purchase now across the authorized retailers, and extends the GALAXY Note category. Samsung hopes to continue the success of last year’s worldwide popular smartphone with this new 10.1 inch model.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 delivers the functionality and precision of a pen and paper, by combining the S Pen with a 10.1-inch large display. It also comes preloaded with Adobe’s premium creative application, Photoshop Touch, that is optimized for Samsung’s S Pen to deliver best precision and control possible

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Microsoft just announced the new ‘Microsoft Surface’ Tablet

New Microsoft Surface Tablet
A new tablet from Microsoft: The ‘Microsoft Surface’ (Image Credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft just announced the new Microsoft Surface at their Los Angeles press event. It will come in two versions. One running Windows RT on an ARM processor from Nvidia, and a second using an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, running Windows 8 Pro. They use Corning Gorilla Glas 2, got dual 2×2 Memo antennas, a 10.6 inch display, front / rear cameras and a built in stand. The edges are  beveled, chiseled at a 22-degree angle, so the tablet feels natural in your hand

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Spark Linux tablet up for pre-order next week

Spark, a new Linux based tablet

There’s a new tablet coming soon called “Spark”. Announced at the end of January this new device uses an open Linux stack on unlocked hardware and comes with an open content and services market, and uses KDE Plasma Active UI.

The tablet will be available for pre-order starting next week, and will start shipping worldwide in May. Approximate price will be about $265 USD.

The hardware is based on the  Zenithink C71, using a 7-inch (800×480)  multi-touch screen, a 1GHz AMLogic ARM processor and Mali-400 GPU. It will have 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for expandability), 802/11b/g WiFi, USB ports, a front-facing 1.3MP webcam, and an audio jack. There are plans to add GPS and 3G functionality in future versions, but for now you will have to manage without.

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Samsung claims that the iPad design is taken from 2001: A Space Odyssey

Tablets in 2001 A Space Odyssey
"Tablets" in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Samsung is currently caught up in a legal battle with Apple that is trying to prevent them from from selling their Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe.

A judgment made in the Regional Court of Dusseldorf in Germany granted Apple a preliminary injunction barring the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The judge who made the decision has backed Apple’s assertion that Samsung’s tablets infringe on the patented design of the iPad 2.

Samsung has now chosen to  appeal the court decision and one element of Samsung’s defense strategy is the claim that the iPad is in fact ripped off from a tablet design created by Stanley Kubrick for 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Samsung Windows 8 tablet to use Intel processor?

A new report claims that the slim Windows 8-based tablet from Samsung will use an Intel processor, and not an ARM

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Currently on the market. The Android based Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Since early reports say that the upcoming Windows 8 powered Samsung device is a slim device, speculations have surfaced saying that the first Windows 8 tablet will use an ARM processor, and not an Intel. But a new report noted by CNET claims that the Samsung manufactured tablet might still be using Intel processors. The Windows 8 powered device is due to be shown at a Microsoft’s Build conference next week

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