Even as Samsung and Apple slug it out in court over who copied who, both companies are moving forward with new hardware. Apple has, of course, the upcoming iPhone 5 and rumored iPad Mini and Samsung has today announced (again), at a press conference in New York, a new 10.1″ Android-powered tablet known as the Galaxy Note 10.1.
If you’re keeping score at home, this is technically the third this device has been introduced, having first been reveleaed, with a slightly different form factor and inferior specs, during Mobile World Congress last February
The new tablet will feature a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch WXGA LCD display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing 1.9 megapixel camera, Samsung’s S Pen stylus system and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not bad. If only it had 1080P. Oh well. It will release on August 16th in the U.S. and cost you $499 for the 16GB model and $549 for the 32GB.
It will be interesting to see how this stacks up against the iPad and the rumored iPad Mini. Our guess is most people will probably stck with the iPad and Apple, but that this may present a viable alternative for some. However, it’s not going to knock the iPad off of the top spot. Not sure anything can do that at this point.