Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on
posted by Ray S. / Feb 24, 2013, 6:10 AM
To tell you the truth, this was probably one of the worst kept secrets of our time, as practically everyone knew what Samsung was to unveil here in Barcelona. Anyways, let's get right down to it!
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0's design language is obviously inspired by the Note II, as it has the same rounded corners and overall elegant styling. The device is quite thin, as we'd expect from a modern Samsung device, and the casing is made from the familiar glossy plastic, which might be a fingerprint magnet, but feels very good to the touch.
The front side is dominated by the 8" display, which has a resolution of 800x1280 pixels. The display isn't bad, but the 189 ppi pixel density leaves a lot to be desired. Still, it's a bit better than the iPad mini's 162 ppi, which can be seen as a direct competitor to the Note 8.0. Oh, and by the way, it's an LCD screen, so don't expect the super-dynamic visuals found with Samsung's AMOLED-powered devices.
Always a key feature of the Note series, the S Pen is once again present in the Note 8.0 to allow you to easily take notes, or even do some basic drawing. The size of the pen is quite similar to the one inside the Note II, which means it's quite comfortable to hold, although it probably would have been even better if it was just a tad bigger. Anyways, the S Pen stylus seems to work very well and it's once again pressure-sensitive. We did run into some trouble when trying to write with the stylus touching the screen at an angle, but we should keep in mind that what we tested was a pre-production model, so this may be fixed in the retail one. We'll know for sure when we get our final, retail unit for review.
The tablet is equipped with Samsung's Exynos 4 quad-core processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz, and thankfully, this tried and true piece of silicon is capable enough to keep the Note 8.0 moving at a steady pace. Throw in 2 gigs of RAM and you can be sure that it'll be pretty hard to slow this device down. Indeed, while we were testing the tablet, we found the UI to be very smooth.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 will come in 16 and 32 GB flavors, but of course, being a Samsung device, it also features a microSD card slot allowing you to easily expand your storage.
Samsung is doing a marvelous job lately with the software on its devices. New models are always coming with the latest version of Android, and subsequent updates for the top models are usually issued on time.Unfortunately, that isn't quite the case with the Note 8.0. The tablet will come with Android 4.1 and will get an update to 4.2 afterwards. That's not such a big issue, because Android 4.2 didn't really introduce anything groundbreaking.
Sadly, Samsung isn't ready yet to reveal any specific release date information, and the same goes for pricing; however, we know that the Note 8.0 is scheduled to launch sometime in Q2 2013.
- Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
- Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 4600 mAh
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Seems like a winner to me! and improved S-Pen just sweetens the deal!
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 6:34 AM 10
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This is the perfect replacement for my Huawei Ideos S7 which I bought it because you can make phonecalls with it over 3G. It has the best hardware specs in its class! Looks like my Note II which I personally find a plus (although taste is something personal)
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 6:44 AM 4
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They should put some effort in new design, it is getting boring.
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 6:56 AM 19
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It is boring and UGLY, gosh really awful!
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 7:30 AM 9
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Yes. True. But I guess Samsung wants to completely stay away from Apple-patended-rounded-corner designs. Also, I think they feel as long as the design is selling, they don't want to change it. As the saying goes -- "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 9:44 AM 5
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With all of Samsung's designs, they are actually good but that design really shouldn't be meant to be overused and it gets boring and annoying after too long. They also look too cheap, except the the Note 2, it doesn't look that cheap to me for some reason even though it looks like a bigger twin to the s3 o.0
posted on Mar 02, 2013, 12:33 PM 0
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im starting to like its look . not bad
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 7:09 AM 6
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the design is great. only people who are saying it's ugly are butthurt samsung haters rofl
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 9:43 AM 5
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performance and features are everything for me.. yeah note 8.0 definitely not a good looking device.. but that's the reason why i never choose nokia wp.. i don't need good looking phone but inferior OS..
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 1:40 PM 4
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Personally, I'm ok with the bezel. On a phone a small bezel is good as the phone sits in your palm so your thumb doesn't touch the device when you're just holding it. When holding a tablet, you tend to need to put your thumb on the front to balance it. The bezel size allows the thumb to be placed on the device without putting finger prints on the screen.
posted on Feb 24, 2013, 8:13 AM 4
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