Samsung’s gamble with the Galaxy Note has paid off reasonably well, with the phone and tablet hybrid selling more than 5 million units since it was released. Building on the phablet’s momentum, the Galaxy Note 10.1 was introduced in Barcelona last February, bringing the same S-stylus pen support to a much bigger screen. Though the release date of the Galaxy Note 10.1 has never been confirmed, word has it that pen-equipped tablet has been pushed back to June.
There’s a perfectly good reason for which the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was delayed. Apparently, Samsung isn’t too pleased with the 1.2GHz dual core Exynos processor initially pegged to power the tablet, so the Note 10.1 will be upgraded to a quad-core processor instead. According to mk News, the local newspaper from where the information originates, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 would sport a 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor.
Now, Sherlock Holmes would probably agree that this last-minute strategic move was taken in response to the availability of a certain tablet from Apple that just came out. Within hours of the new iPad being announced, Samsung released a comparison chart detailing how the Galaxy Note 10.1 is more worthy of your hard-earned money (except in the processor department, we might say, but that’s about to change).
Reasons aside, there’s plenty to cheer about Samsung’s decision to equip the Galaxy Note 10.1 with a quad-core processor. After all, quad-core is fast becoming the new black in 2012. It’s also a great way to ensure that the Galaxy Note 10.1 stays ahead of the competition — or at least keeps up with it — for the rest of the year.
Does this mean that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be the Korean’s flagship slate this year? That is a possibility. With the mid-range Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 coming out soon, we wonder if there’s more room to accommodate another 10-inch tablet from Samsung. Of course, a Retina-crushing 11.6 Tab tablet was also rumored…