Along with the first Samsung store, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has arrived in Australia.
Features of the Galaxy Note 10.1 include a quad-core processor, finger or stylus ('S Pen') operation, and the ability to split the screen in half with an app running on either side.
S Pen optimised applications include S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Adobe Photoshop Touch, and Polaris Office.
S Note can correct and digitise geometric shapes, and solve hard-written numeric formulas.
Other hardware features include a 5MP main camera and a 1.9MP front camera (used, among other things, to keep the screen at full brightness while the user is looking at it).
As previously seen on the Galaxy S III smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10.1 includes Samsung's AllShare Play app, allowing content sharing various Samsung products and other DLNA devices.
Among the preloaded apps are Story Cloud (picture books), Quickflix (a two-week trial of the movie/TV subscription service), Mathletics (school maths) and Samsung Music Hub (a one-month free trial of Samsung's music streaming service).
"Our research has found that Australians are looking for a tablet device that allows consumers to not only consume content, but create and edit all at once," said Tyler McGee, vice president of telecommunication at Samsung Electronics Australia.
"The Galaxy Note 10.1 aims to provide a unique user experience that allows consumers to maximise their creativity, productivity and learning using one intuitive solution."
Overseas reaction to the Galaxy Note 10.1 has been mixed. Cnet described it as "the best Samsung tablet yet... a sound Android tablet investment" , while Android Police called it "astonishingly bad hardware" [their emphasis].
A Wi-Fi plus 3G version will be released "shortly" - which is curious, as Samsung introduced the Note family as "a new type of smartphone".