The fact that another Note was coming has long been known to the public. We just weren’t sure in which form factor it would be. Well, the wait is over as Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. With Mobile World Congress getting into full swing this week, we can expect some nifty gadgets from the mobile world, and Samsung decided to somewhat jump the gun with its latest offering.
Samsung’s latest S-Pen entry has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 TFT display, which is somewhat surprising as we were expecting a better quality display. This would hint at the possibility that this tablet won’t have such a high price-point as its larger sibling, the Galaxy Note 10.1, even though the larger variant has the same resolution. Screens have come a long way since then, and this resolution is not really up to par with the latest offerings from competitors.
Beneath the familiar glossy plastic, you find the Exynos 4 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz which is paired with 2GB of RAM. The device also has a 4,600mAh battery, but we aren’t sure what kind of battery life you can expect from it. It will also ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on board, of course with Samsung’s proprietary Touchwiz UI.
Samsung have blended the software offerings you get from the Galaxy SIII, Note 2 and the Note 10.1. You get the familiar S-Pen apps such as S Note and S Planner, but also support for Smart Stay, Multi-Window and Air View functionality. Popup video and popup note is also available, together with AllShare Play. This time however, you also get third party apps which will come pre-loaded on the device. A customized Flipboard, which takes advantage of the S-Pen’s hover and preview capabilities, can be used on headlines.
According to market research, Samsung says that mid-range tablets are used in living rooms 80% of the time, so they have to try make this device a living room companion as well. It is possible to pair your Note 8.0 with your LCD display, which enables you to read on your flat screen TV if you should wish. Also, it comes with Smart Remote, which is partly a remote control for your Smart TV and partly a program guide.
Something else to note (bad pun, I know) is that this device can actually make phone calls. For anyone who has tried using a 7-inch tablet to do this, just imagine how cumbersome it would be for an 8-inch tablet. Not exactly everybody’s cup of tea.
There hasn’t been any concrete information as to pricing and when exactly it will launch, but it is sure to follow soon.
Would you consider a device like this?