By Stephen Schenck | August 6, 2012 12:21 PM
There were plenty of rumors going around last week concerning just which products Samsung would end up highlighting at the multiple events it has planned for later this month. Eventually, the story seemed to come out that the Galaxy Note 10.1 would be featured at Samsung’s August 15 event, while the Note 2 would be the star on August 29. We remarked at the time that August 15 sounded a little late to debut the Note 10.1, as we had already heard of its intent to introduce the tablet in some markets before then. Sure enough, Samsung’s not waiting until mid-month to get the ball rolling on the Note 10.1, and today it’s announcing plans for the global availability of the tablet.
As should be no surprise by this point, the hardware-refreshed Galaxy Note 10.1 now runs a 1.4GHz Exnyos 4 Quad, which should make it one of the most powerful tablets around. Samsung has announced three versions of the hardware: one WiFi-only, one with WiFi and HSPA+, and one with WiFi and LTE. The first two will be coming out this month, while the LTE edition is scheduled for later in the year.
Samsung confirms the 2GB of RAM we’ve heard about, and it appears that will be standard on all localizations of the Note 10.1. Samsung didn’t dwell too long on the future LTE version, but we’ll be curious to see what effect that will have on the processor choice, if any; Samsung combined the Exynos 4 Quad with LTE for the South Korean market with the Galaxy S III, but Canada and the US got Snapdragons, instead. Hopefully, that’s something Samsung may address at next week’s event.