updated 12:15 pm EST, Wed February 15, 2012
Samsung leaves odd signs of big Note tablet plans
Samsung in odd mentions may have confirmed that its follow-up for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may revolve around pen input. Both a briefly available Developer Day guide (since pulled) and a Back Stage casting call have made references to a "Galaxy Note 10.1." While possibly an accident, the unlikelihood of making the same mistake twice in different sections suggests that Samsung was certain of the product name and had leaked it instead.
The acting position made it clear drawing was part of the ad, where users would show off the Galaxy Note for art, education, and "financial planning."
The name implies a more direct tablet equivalent to the Galaxy Note. Just the name may be a clue as to other features given the traits of the 5.3-inch device, which has a very dense display and a handful of pen-aware apps. Samsung is known to be working on a 2560x1600 tablet LCD and might use it to get the same precision and sharpness at four times the screen size.
The ad was due to start production this month and could point to a product launch sometime in the spring.
If in step with what Samsung produces, it suggests that the company may see the pen as its attempt to make its tablets stand out and lead the way for a sequel to the Galaxy Tab. Pen-based tablets haven't significantly threatened Apple's iPad, or the more popular among Android tablet designers, in the past. HTC tried making the pen the centerpiece of the Flyer and Jetstream, neither of which had significant success in the market. [via The Verge]