Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 8.0
Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 today. The 8-inch tablet comes with an S pen as do the other two members of the Note family, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note II.
Samsung is describing the new tablet as a one-hand-grip solution and are even going as far as to call it “pocket-sized”. The 8” display is a WXGA 1280x800, 189 PPI TFT, but unfortunately not Super AMOLED or PLS. Inside is an Exynos 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage and loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jellybean. It also sports two cameras, a 5 Megapixel on the rear and a 1.3 Megapixel camera on the front. For a full list of specifications, make sure to check out the pictures below.
Visible in the photos, on the left hand side is a microSD card slot as well as a SIM card slot. And though Samsung claim the Note 8.0 has “superb voice call functionality”, an asterisk in the press release informs us that “availability of voice call function may differ by country”.
Rather than focusing on hardware in their announcement, Samsung is directing our attention to the Note’s 8.0 software. Removing the S pen from the device automatically launches Pen Detection which in turn will make use of stylus-modified menus. Hovering the S pen over the screen enables Air View, which allows previews of videos, emails, photos and SPlanner appointments without actually opening the file or application. The stylus can now also be used on the menu and back buttons, a function not available in the rest of the Note family.
Other new applications include Awesome Note, a customized version of Flipboard, and Smart Remote which gives the tablet universal remote control capabilities. Finally, there is Reading Mode which essentially turns the Note 8.0 into an e-book reader.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available worldwide at some point during the 2nd quarter of 2013.