As TapScape predicted back in February, Samsung revealed it’s latest tablet – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, ahead of the Mobile World Congress, Samsung’s new device is widely expected to compete with Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.
Not only is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a tablet, but it’s also a fully functioning phone. Hence, the media have dubbed it a ‘phablet’.
Running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with an 8-inch WXGA (1280×800 pixels) TFT display with a 189ppi pixel density, which is slightly better than the iPad Mini’s screen resolution. The tablet also has an impressive 5-megapixel rear and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.
Inside the Samsung’s latest project is a quad-core processor running at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with microSD cards up to 64GB in size.
Samsung have exercised some creativity with the screen, allowing its userss to multi-task, where two apps can be displayed on-screen at the same time.
Speaking of apps, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes with a host of pre-installed applications such as the proprietary and now upgraded Chat-On 2.0 messenger, Awesome Note and Flipboard as well as many others. The device has Samsung’s signature S Pen, along with Air View, S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration and more.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 key specifications:
- 8-inch WXGA (1280×800) display, 189 ppi
- 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB (microSD card)
- 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct, AllShareCast, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0
- A-GPS + GLONASS (3G version only)
- Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
- 4,600mAh battery
Competitors such as Apple & Google have certainly enjoyed Samsung’s lack of a mid-sized tablet in the past, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 fills a large gap in Samsung’s line-up of pen-equipped devices. It slots in perfectly between the Galaxy Note II Smartphone, with its 5.5-inch screen, and the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung’s full-sized tablet.
In terms of availability, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been announced for India, with a Q2 2013 UK release date. However, International roll-out dates are still to be confirmed by Samsung.
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