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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 Event, by the Numbers

Samsung held an event today at the Rose Theater in New York City to promote the launch of its new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which officially hits stores tomorrow and marks the electronics giant’s latest attempt to compete with the dominant iPad.

AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg takes a deep dive into the device here, and my colleague Bonnie Cha offers her take on the tablet news, as well. In short: The slim (0.3-inch) Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 10.1-inch display, has two cameras — a five-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.9-megapixel camera on the front — and will ship running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though it will be upgradeable to Jelly Bean 4.1.

It’s Samsung’s first tablet with multiscreen view, too, so users can, for example, write an email on one side of the screen while viewing a slide or video in another area.

At today’s launch, director Baz Luhrmann took the stage alongside Samsung executive Tim Baxter to promote the Note’s capabilities for the creative community, calling it a “creative toolbox” and sticking to the script, as directors know well how to do. Designer Zac Posen made an appearance, too, touting the stylus that works with the Samsung Note products.

Movie director Baz Lurhmann with Samsung’s Tim Baxter.

Hype aside, here’s a look at some of the other numbers worth noting, in light of today’s news and event:

Number of Samsung Galaxy Tabs sold in the U.S. between the fourth quarter of 2010 and second quarter of this year: 1.4 million.

Number of iPads sold in the U.S. in the same time frame: 29 million.

Number of Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone units sold since its launch last fall: 10 million.

Number of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 predecessors: By my count, six: The original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, the newer Galaxy Tab 7.7, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and the Galaxy Tab 2, in both 7-inch and 10-inch versions.

Number of iPad models on the market: Three: iPad, iPad 2 and the new iPad.

Number of apps currently available in the Android app marketplace (not necessarily tablet-optimized): More than 500,000.

Number of apps currently available in the App Store (not tablet-specific): Also around 500,000.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet works with a stylus pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 display resolution: 1,280 by 800 pixels.

New iPad display resolution: 2,048 by 1,536 pixels.

Price point of new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: $499 for the 16 gigabyte Wi-Fi model, and $549 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model.

Price point of new iPad: $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model.

Number of Samsung execs appearing on stage during today’s event: Three — Tim Baxter, Younghee Lee and Travis Merrill.

Number of non-Samsung execs appearing on stage during event: One — Jim Mohan from Adobe, to demo Adobe Photoshop Touch on the tablet.

Number of celebrities appearing on stage during event: Two — Film director Baz Luhrmann and fashion designer Zac Posen.

Number of times anyone anywhere said “iPad” or “Apple,” the company with which Samsung is currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle over patent infringement: Zero.


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