Well how about that – a quad-core Exynos processor isn’t the only revision made to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. According to a couple of pre-release photos spotted by Tablet Community (no relation), it’ll also get a slot for the S-Pen stylus built right into its slate body. The lack thereof was definitely noted when the device was revealed at MWC earlier this year, though it now appears that the hardware shown at the show was very early indeed.

The new S-Pen stylus is somewhat smaller and more similar to the original smartphone Galaxy Note, the better to keep that 10-inch tablet body slim. Samsung will be offering a larger and more traditional “pen-shaped” version of the stylus for artists and note-takers who want to take even more advantage of the Wacom digitizer embedded into the 1280×800 screen. When the Galaxy Note 10.1 releases (whenever that happens to be) it’ll be using a quad-core processor from Samsung instead of the dual-core chip originally shown off in Barcelona.

Other tidbits garnered include the predictable range of first-party cases in at least five different colors and a vehicle dock – Android Community does not recommend trying to jot down meeting notes while behind the wheel. There’s no indication of when the Galaxy Note 10 will finally hit the market, and no real way of guessing, considering all the revisions that Samsung has been making. But a safe bet is that the faster and more advanced ICS tablet will demand a premium over the more vanilla Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which starts at $399 in the US.

[via SlashGear]

  • Cer

    They better match, if not beat, iPad prices.

  • Sperrybird

    wow, i’m excited about this. I know this is going to be a premium tablet but i think if sammy plays their card right, this will be a huge winner if not a game changer. There’s nothing on the market right now with that awesome processor, great screen, and the all important stylus. At 500-600..it’ll be ho-hum. 400-499…it’ll do well and probably meet expectations but 300-399..i think they’ll hit a home run with this fabulous tablet and will likely sell in the millions. I hope their marketing team will pay attention to specs, ease of use, and prices.

    • Jim

      You’re dreaming. 399 is the price of the new tab 10.1
      600 would be a good price for the beast, but I suspect it will be closer to 700. Look at the cost of the note or gs3 and be real.