Read our hands-on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review.
A new benchmark leaked from Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji suggests that not only will the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 have an upgraded quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4412 CPU, but we could see the graphics side of things receiving an even more exciting update, with the usual ARM Mali 400-series GPU replaced by the latest-generation T-604.
Unlike the Adreno 225 graphics core found in the next-gen S4 used in the US version of the HTC One X, this chip would surpass Android rivals by a very significant factor, and that’s exactly what the benchmark graph below suggests.
With its pressure-sensitive Wacom digitizer stylus – or S-Pen, in Samsung parlance – the Galaxy Note 10.1 is already one of the more interesting Android tablets to be released, especially if you’re an artist, designer, or business user looking for a device with good handwriting support. However, throwing quad-core computing power and the best graphics performance of any Android slate into the mix adds even more appeal.
We can only hope that the graphics grunt suggests we may be seeing an upgrade to the 1,280 x 800 screen too. With the Asus Transformer Tab Infinity already coming to market packing a whopping 1,920 x 1,080 pixels into its 10.1in display and the new iPad ruling the roost with its 2,048 x 1,536, it would make sense for Samsung to finally join the fray with a ‘Retina Display’ contender of its own.
In that case, all the Galaxy Note 10.1 would need to turn it into the ultimate tablet ever would be an optional Asus Transformer Pad 300-like keyboard dock. Pretty please, Samsung?