Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 now official with improved S Pen tech and Smart Remote mode

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 now official with improved S Pen tech and Smart Remote mode
After months of speculation, the mid-sized warrior in Samsung's Note family is finally official. The aptly named Galaxy Note 8.0 sports an 8-inch 1280x800 pixels display clocking 189ppi pixel density - a tad higher than the direct competitor Apple's iPad mini.

The tablet is driven by a 1.6 GHz Exynos 4 Quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor, and the slate has a 5 MP camera on the back, accompanied by a 1.3 MP frontal cam for video chat. 

Memorywise Samsung has outfitted the Galaxy Note 8.0 with 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage, as well as a microSD card for memory expansion. The mid-sized Note warrior is powered by a fairly generous 4, 600 mAh  battery unit. 

The real added value, however, is the presence of the S Pen stylus tucked neatly in the Galaxy Note 8.0 silo, which is more advanced than even what we have on the Note II handset, as it allows you to manage the physical home and back keys (yes, we have those on the tablet) without even touching them. 

Add this to the usual barrage of useful apps and tricks like S Note and Air View that let you use the stylus in many ways for overview, doodling, handwriting, cropping and so on, and the Galaxy Note 8.0 becomes a unique proposition in the sea of Android tablets.

Speaking of the green robot, it is present here with its 4.1.2 Jelly Bean offspring, but Samsung has blanketed it with its trademark features like the Dual View multi-window mode, Pop Up Play, Smart Stay and Page Buddy, which here intuitively launches your last S Note homescreen. Samsung also throws in Flipboard preinstalled, letting you preview news by hovering over with the stylus, as well as an year worth of Awesome Note as a freebie.

The dedicated e-reader mode puts the LCD settings in the appropriate regime for easy on the eyes reading, and works with 3rd party apps, and there is also a Peel-based Smart Remote app, which is an interactive TV guide and remote control at once,  utilizing the tablet's IR blaster.

The global launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is slated for the second quarter in Europe and Asia at the beginning with HSPA+ version available, too, from which you can make phone calls, while the eventual LTE one and other US plans are bound to be disclosed at a later date, along with the tablet's pricing details.



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Galaxy Note 8.0
  • 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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41 Comments

1. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

no. i want tab3 with full HD under 400 dollars. nexus 7 is still the winner.

18. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Well, I have my answer..............im going to get the Nexus 7 32GB! Couldnt affford the Note II because of price and the Note 8.0 will follow the same suit

37. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

stop complaining mate! Nexus 7 is a great tab but this is a different product altogether...its a Note! The sheer productivity and fun you can have with this is way beyond Nexus 7 and this starts at US $350! so whats the problem? And i dont get all the fuss about screen-res...people have laptops and desktops with 1080p screens and dont complain so I dont see why a 1280x800res isnt good enough for an 8 inche screen?

34. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Hope Photoshop Touch runs on Note 8.0

2. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

This is definitely a new era of portability and every day productivity. That new Spen will definitely prove it's greatness here on the Galaxy Note 8 but also on the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 in October 2013. Can't wait for both.

3. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I don't really see the point in an 8 inch tablet when there are 10 inch tablets, but I guess if you want one, this will be one to seriously consider

4. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

where is the led flash....????? it's a failure!!

9. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Discourages people from using their tablet to take pictures. Smart decision. Not a failure.

39. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

well its better using tablet coz easy for me to edit and share...i live in malaysia and many people nowadays using tablet to capture a picture

10. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

lol I see people taking pictures with their iPad's in the mirror and they look so stupid. You never see an Android Tablet coming up in mirror pictures ;)

40. nazyr1803

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

not for me..i only use the back camera not the front..

5. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

i want this but hmm no led flash, im thinking more

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm going too think very hard either the 8.0 or XPERIA TABLET Z. Since this one works with SAMSUNG SMART TV'S so beautiufl ain't it

7. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

I'll help you. Get the Tablet Z. Its cooler looking, water resistant, dust resistant, + its design looks like it's gonna make you smile longer before making you want to change to another tablet :D

11. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

and the XTZ will work on compatible BRAVIA TVs

22. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Don't fall in the beauty.... go for functionality... And my doubt why are you confusing between tablet and smartphone???

27. pimpollofelice123

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Actually he is talking about two tablets. The Galaxy Note 8 by Samsung and the Xperia Tablet Z by Sony.

33. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Hey, here's my advice, really it depends what you want, the Note will undoubtedly be better for travel/transportation, and also perhaps reading books and slightly better for some (Samsung apps) productivity. However, the Xperia Tab Z is gonna be better for multimedia, so films, music, gaming etc etc, it will also be superior for web browsing and has a better build quality and design - as such, expect the tablet Z to cost a tad more, although I can't see the note 8.0 being cheap despite it being in the 7-8" category. p.s. the remote function on the XTZ works with all TV's - my old Tablet S' remote worked with my Grundig (yes, who are they!?) TV :) Hope this helps!

8. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Samsung now have smartphones and tablets in any size you ask for.

38. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

....and they all have the same (or very similar) name(s). Does anyone else think this creates a bit of confusion? Those of us that follow this stuff closely know whats up, but I have a feeling your average consumer will be very confused by this trend.

12. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Based on looks and specs I can say that this isn't a bad tablet. But the price is what will make it or break it.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i hate that they've gone back to the "let's make a giant phone" philosophy.

14. thelegend6657 unregistered

The only reason anyone will buy this is because of the Samsung logo ! If you want good design get an iPad Mini . If you want good specs and good value go for Nexus 7 And for that price range you can get great 10inch tablets like the Sony Xperia Tablet Z

15. thelegend6657 unregistered

Not to mention the screen wasn't even IPS and its late to the game

17. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

tablet Z is on that price range? if thats tru then i might get tablet Z :D im thinking of not8 not because of the brand! i want Spne and Touchwiz capabilities.

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Accept the truth... To say this you haven't use any spen device till now... i have to laugh at you for saying this...

35. thelegend6657 unregistered

I tried it in the store . Its good but it wasn't a must have feature . A glorified stylus

16. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

There is a hands on video of it on android central YouTube channel.

19. ctn10

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

MY NEW.....PHONE :)

20. epicandroid

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

It looks so cute being fat and all ^.^

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