It has been teased and leaked for as long as you can remember and today it has been officially announced. While it is clouded by the impending unveiling of Samsung’s 2013 flagship, the Galaxy Note 8.0 at least deserves some mention. It is around the same time last year that the Note 10.1 came to the fore and though it later went back to the lab for more hardware upgrades before its late launch, it did come out with some awesome features that informed the foundation of the successful Galaxy Note II and today form the core of the 8 incher.
Opinion is still divided over its apparent foe in the market right now but only time will tell for sure. Being a fan of reading ebooks on devices, I’m sure the Note 8.0 is just the right device to do this. I’m informed it has Reading Mode so hey ebook fans, its worth a look! Plus the mobility that it brings to the table, you simply can’t wish it away.
Announced at MWC in Barcelona, the Note 8.0 comes with just everything the leaks made us expect. Sporting the design language of Samsung’s 2012 nature inspired devices, it packs:
- 1.6 GHz A9 quad-core Exynos processor
- 8” WXGA TFT display (1280 X 800 translating to 189ppi)
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top of it as usual
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 & 32 GB storage options, expandable of course
- 4600 mAh
- 5 MP back camera & a 1.3 MP front camera
- 3G (and LTE for some markets)
- S Pen
- Bluetooth 4.0
There’s no talk of NFC so I’m not sure of that.
The tablet will have smartphone capabilities in its ability to make and receive calls (for the international version only, the US variants won’t have this) like we saw on the 3G Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the 7.7. It also follows in the footsteps of some of the older tabs by having an IR blaster hence it can act as a remote control to your TV (It has Smart Remote app for this functionality. Looks like Smart Remote is the successor to the Peel app we had on previous tabs for the same purpose).
As has become the norm with Samsung when it unveils its high end devices, there are a few exclusives thrown in to the mix. These include an updated Flipboard to encompass the S Pen’s hover features and the Awesome Note app which will later debut on Google’s Play Store at a price after a one year exclusivity on the Note 8.0 where it will come as a free app. Like Flipboard when it debuted to Android through the S III, Awesome Note has been a preserve of our iDevice friends and I won’t be surprised when those who get their first hands on the Note 8.0 skin the app and have it available for other devices even before the exclusivity windows gets quarterway. It is Android after all, sigh! Samsung has also updated the ChatON app to version 2.0 that brings in a host of new features.
Expect all the features of Samsung’s recently announced high end devices on the Note 8.0 including the multi-window feature since this device is expected to enhance productivity.
I remember those few times when I wished I could use the S Pen on the soft buttons of the Note II and I couldn’t. Now that will be possible since on the Note 8.0.
Expected for release in Q2, the Note 8.0’s pricing is not yet known.