Samsung already offers a Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet with Wi-Fi support and now its adding an LTE model. The slate will arrive in Korea with a launch on three different carrier networks, according to Akihabara News. This isn’t the first tablet to include an integrated LTE radio for fast mobile broadband connections, but it does have one key advantage over competing tablets: support for Voice over LTE or VoLTE.
Samsung Tomorrow points out that the new Galaxy Note will be available on Nov. 23 and be similar to the current Note 10.1 model: a 1280 x 800 display, Android 4.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, 1.4 GHz processor, 2 GB of memory and 7,000 mAh battery. Just like my Galaxy Note 2 smartphone, the tablet will support dual-app multitasking with two applications running at the same time on the display. The tablet also has the same S-Pen functionality with the ability to hover over the display for navigation functions.
The biggest development here is the support for VoLTE and that’s also why the device is launching in a country-specific region. Here in the U.S., for example, we have two national LTE networks available with two more in progress. But none of the top four carriers yet support VoLTE. In Korea, the function is available and will let Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE owners make voice calls over the data networks without losing access to other data services, for example. Voice becomes just another form of data in this scenario, turning the tablet into a slate for content creation, consumption and a wide range of communications.