Galaxy Note 10.1 killer feature caught on video

by: Bogdan PetrovanAugust 6, 2012


[Updated] Jonne from Androidsuomi reached out to tell us that the device in the video does support pressure detection and it was actually the Photoshop Mobile app that did not support the feature.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 officially launched today, after a long series of fake starts and contradicting rumors.

Featuring a mighty quad-core Exynos 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a powerful machine, but it’s not the spec sheet that sets it apart from any other tablet on the market. The slate’s defining and most distinctive feature is the digitizer that accompanies it, which, with the right apps, can serve as an excellent productivity enhancer.

Moreover, as we’ve seen with the first member of the Note family, the Galaxy Note phablet, the S Pen can be employed to create real art. While the 5.3-inch display of the Note severely limits the potential of the S Pen as an art tool, the stylus might be put to much better use on the much larger display of the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Coupled with the right apps, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and its stylus can be used as a full-fledged graphics tablet. While it’s not likely to replace the professional graphic tablets that digital artists and professionals use, the Note 10.1 might be enough for budding pixel-painters and even for some light-weight professional work.

Check out the video below for a sample of what the Galaxy Note 10.1 can do. The video is courtesy of Finnish website Androidsuomi, which asked game graphics artist Mari Laukkanen to try out the Note 10.1. She had ten minutes to accommodate with the tablet, which she mostly used to check out the Note’s features, as it was the first Samsung tablet she had used. The results of the 13 minute drawing session are captured in the video below.

The app used was Autodesk SketchBook Pro, which supports pressure detection, unlike the Photoshop Mobile app that comes bundled wit the device. Note that Mari didn’t have any prior experience with working with the Galaxy Note 10.1, although she does work with professional graphic tablets regularly.

And here’s the end result:

What do you think about the potential of the Galaxy Note 10.1 as a graphics tablet? Are you tempted to get one? Sound off your opinions!

  • Peterson Silva

    As I’m not a design artist, but a writer, I’m leaning towards Asus’ infinity pad. I really like it by the looks of it :)

  • Mamaboo

    Yes yes yes! i found the galaxy note to be lacking for my artwork, especially without a proper s pen calibration app. I really want the 10.1 note! i already have the 1st tab 10.1 and the 7″, i would trade them both for thr 10.1 note!!! I do have a wacom tablet, but this..this would be the ultimate for me.

    • anon

      I do not hold out much hope for this to be any better than the original note. When I tried it pressure was odd, lag was present all the time, and the thickness or distance from the glass and the display was much more evident when using the spen. Maybe the latter is a learning curve but compared to a cintique or older “tablet pcs” the experience was lacking and felt unfinished or designed by someone who does not use it. The screen rez really disappointed me I had hoped the delay was to get a higher rez screen out to market for this device. If they stuffed a 1920X1200 screen into this with the processor and 2gigs ram it would be a instant buy. Instead now I am considering the transformer infinity and this. Likely the prior will win out. What would be cool is to have wacom drivers for android.

      • anon

        Watch the video lags like crazy before they start ffd the video.

        • Actually the lag is because of the way we rendered the video it was shot in 30fps, afterwards rendered in wegas to 25fps. There is some lag depending on the software that is used, but in S Note there is almost none. The software in the device we used as still unfinalized and Sketchbook pro was not yet compiled with the latest S Pen SDK. The lag if there was did not bother Mari, and I really could not tell. In comparison I use the phone version of the note daily and it really lags.

  • Carbonacat

    For your information : PS-Touch DOES support pressure at this time, but it’s not enabled by default for the brush tool.
    -> It may be enabled by taping on the small icon on the lower right in the pen settings (available for most tools, such as the stamp, the finger, …).

  • bahaa

    can i u the note 2 10.1 as mouse pad to draw on my pc ???

  • bahaa

    can i use the note 2 10.1 as mouse pad to draw on my pc ??? photoshop Autocad…

  • Andrei Lanuza

    I’ve seen amateur and professional artists draw and paint on the Galaxy Note 10.1 with amazing results, way better than the sketch posted on this webpage in fact. Paired with a good art app like Sketchbook Pro and LayerPaint (SNote sucks for serious artwork btw) the results are astounding, especially for complex and detailed line art.

    The only problem i’ve encountered is on the software side. There is just too few intuitive and professional-grade drawing and painting app for android. Most are made for children! On the hardware side, i can’t complain. Drawing on a Galaxy Note 10.1 is almost like drawing on a Wacom Cintiq if the softaware is fully integrated and compatible with the hardware.

  • themoog

    Late to the game I know,but I’ve some useful info after some research. I’ve had this for about a year as I got it for a steal and its pretty handy with the right apps. Sketchbook ink for inking and cartooning, Sketchbook Pro for sketching/light painting, artflow for paintingblending colors and sketching (gives SBP a decent run for its money) and Cloverpaint for those brave and hardcore enough to make the Note & Android a full-fledged painting tool.