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Samsung launches Note 8.0 tablet

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The 8-inch Note 8.0 looks very  much like an enlarged version of the Galaxy Note II phablet.

Just before the start of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. At 8 inches the Samsung's Note 8.0's screen is marginally larger than the iPad Mini's, which the new device is squarely aimed at in the small-tablet segment. Android 4.1.2 with Samsung's Touchwiz interface is running on the device.

Like the smaller Galaxy Note and Note II devices, the Note 8.0 comes with Samsung's S-Pen Stylus which has been updated to work with the tablet's physical navigation buttons. The S-Pen's Airview function has been expanded too. The ability to preview certain content by hovering the pen above the screen rather than touching it is now also available on third-party apps. A new version of the popular Flipboard social reader app is first to debut the hover technology, but more apps are expected to incorporate the feature in the future.

 The Note 8.0 comes with the same S-Pen stylus as the smaller Galaxy Note and Note II.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 also offers the same multi-tasking support as the Note II and comes with a number of pre-installed apps such as Samsung's Chat-On, the note-taking app Awesome Note, the above mentioned Flipboard and the universal remote app Smart Remote, among others.

From a hardware point of view the new device doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary. The quad-core processor in combination with 2GB RAM should provide plenty of oomph for running all those apps and, depending on your storage requirements, you can choose from 16 and 32GB versions and add Micro-SD cards with a capacity of up to 64GB. At 189ppi the pixel-density of the 1280x800 screen is much lower than on some of the 1080p 5- and 5.5-inch phones released this year, or Apple's Retina displays, but keeps in line with most other devices with a similar screen size.

 The Note 8.0 isn't a small device, it barely fits into one hand but ...
 ... the thin profile helps make it more portable.

With a 5MP rear camera which allows for 1080p video recording and a 1.3 MP front equivalent the Note 8.0's image capturing capabilities are fairly modest but that is not unusual for a device that most users would consider too large for being used as a camera substitute. Equally, most users would probably find the Galaxy Note 8.0 too bulky to use it as a phone, but nonetheless non-U.S. versions of the tablet will offer the ability to place phone calls and send text messages. Consumers in the U.S will have to make do without this feature. We can only speculate if this is to avoid cannibalizing phone sales down to carrier preferences, or if the decision is due to other unknown reasons, but it appears that, at least in the U.S., the Note 8.0 will follow the Galaxy Camera's footsteps as another 'software-crippled' Samsung device without a phone feature.

 A Micro-SD slot which accepts cards up to a maximum capacity of 64GB can be found on the left side of the device.
 The Note 8.0's back features the 5MP camera.

Samsung hasn't released details yet on availability or pricing but you'll be able to purchase the Galaxy Note 8.0 in select European and Asian countries from the second quarter of this year. It'll be available in the U.S. later in the year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 headline specs:

  • Exynos 4 1.6 GHz A9 quad-core procesessor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 8-inch WXGA display with 1280x800 resolution (189ppi)
  • 16 or 32GB storage 
  • Micro-SD slot supports cards up to 64GB
  • 5MP rear camera with 1080p video
  • 1.3MP front-camera
  • 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connectivity

Comments

Total comments: 7
Samuel Dilworth

“At 8 inches the Samsung's Note 8.0's screen is marginally larger than the iPad Mini's, which the new device is squarely aimed at in the small-tablet segment.”

If the new Note’s display is accurately 8.0 inches across the diagonal, then its dimensions are 6.78 × 4.24 inches, for an area of 28.8 square inches.

The iPad mini’s 7.9-inch display has a squarer aspect ratio, with dimensions of 6.32 × 4.74 inches and an area of 30.0 square inches.

So the iPad mini has the marginally larger display.

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shadowz

your launch news says..
."At 189ppi the pixel-density of the 1280x800 screen is much lower than on some of the 1080p 5- and 5.5-inch phones released this year, or Apple's Retina displays"

The LCD specifications of samsung note 8 are actually better than those of ipad mini with whom it competes[or am I missing something ???] ....check the ipad mini specifications in this ink at this same site.......

http://connect.dpreview.com/products/apple/tablets/apple_ipadminiwi/specification

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Lars Rehm

you are right, it's better than the iPad Mini but the Mini does not have a Retina display. Point is, a 1280x800 pixel 8-inch device isn't anything to get excited about if there's a whole bunch of 5 inch 1080p devices around.

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shadowz

absolutely ....... :):)

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zaurus

Umm, Lars Rehm, should you not compare "apples to apples" once the Note 8.0 is positioned against the Mini?
When it comes to screen, you suddenly decide not to compare them? And you don't point out the Note has the better processor etc.?
You know... that kind of selective comparing raises some questions.

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Lars Rehm

If you read my text above you'll see that I wrote: '...but keeps in line with most other devices with a similar screen size'. These devices of similar screen size include the iPad Mini. As explained above my point is that the Note's screen resolution is not very exciting if you have devices with smaller devices and more pixels. I am not comparing to the iPad.

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zaurus

Do you suffer from a split-personality disorder?

If you have high-lighted the Ipad Mini in the headline as the pinnacle-of-all standard to which all the smaller tablets should be measured, then compare the Note 8 to it at all levels.
If you deem the Ipad Mini as one of the "most other devices" as in the main text -- then don't mention it in the headline. How simple is that?

Which one is it gonna be, Lars Rehm? You can't have it both ways. Pick.

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