Custom ROMs are ready for Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Samsung may have introduced its Galaxy Note 10.1 just a few weeks ago, but a number of custom mods  have already been coded by XDA devs for the Android-powered tablet.

First up is the "TrainWreck" ROM by XDA member ZedoMax. Based on European XXALG5 firmware, this ROM is designed to maintain a "stock look," albeit with TouchWiz and full S-Pen functionality.

Custom ROMs are ready for Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1

Next is "CleanRom" coded by XDA member SafariKing. Like "TrainWreck," this mod is based on XXALG5 firmware with the software removing as much of the Samsung Apps and bloatware as possible in an effort to maintain a "clean ROM."

And last, but certainly not least, is DR.AKRIM_ROM coded by XDA member Hani1980. Based on Indian N8000DDALH1 firmware, the custom ROM boasts full RTL Arabic support along with Samsung's Arabic keyboard.

As XDA writer The_Scotsman notes, all three ROMs include standard tweaks such as being Deodexed and Zipaligned, as well as their own unique optimizations.

In other Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 news, a recent IHS iSuppli teardown confirms the tablet features a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor - the same as found in the Samsung Galaxy S III handset. The tablet is also equipped with the same Intel wireless chipset powering the Galaxy S III, which includes the PMB9811 and PMB5712 devices.

According to IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler, the Galaxy Note, does, in some regards, up the ante for media tablet hardware.

"The new-generation quad-core processor is sure to make a tangible performance improvement, and will be the main upgrade driver for many consumers," he explained.

"A feature that the iPad does not have but which the Galaxy Note 10.1 possesses is the hybrid touch screen, which features not only conventional capacitive touch sensing, but also gives users the option of using a Wacom digitizer pen."

Rassweiler also pointed out that Wacom's pen is passive, as it requires no battery or power source, or cords - like a mouse - but works using inductive pen sensing.

"Essentially one can use the Galaxy note to write on, but still utilize it as a conventional touch tablet," he added.