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

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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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posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:07 8

1. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:39 4

18. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 05:58 2

37. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 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?

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 04:46

34. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

Hope Photoshop Touch runs on Note 8.0

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:10 13

2. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:14 8

3. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:20 7

4. nazyr1803 (Posts: 93; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:48 4

9. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 06:32

39. nazyr1803 (Posts: 93; Member since: 11 Jan 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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:52 6

10. imkyle (Posts: 1086; Member since: 18 Nov 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 ;)

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 06:33

40. nazyr1803 (Posts: 93; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:29

5. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:30

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:40 2

7. PhoenixWright (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Feb 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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:55

11. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

and the XTZ will work on compatible BRAVIA TVs

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 23:39 1

22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 02:28

27. pimpollofelice123 (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 04:41

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!

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:42 3

8. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 06:29 1

38. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:09

12. cR203 (Posts: 204; Member since: 27 Jan 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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:20 3

13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:23 8

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:27 3

15. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:40 2

17. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 765; Member since: 21 Jan 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.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 23:43 1

23. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 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...

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 05:21 2

35. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:31

16. cR203 (Posts: 204; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:54 1

19. ctn10 (Posts: 9; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:59 3

20. epicandroid (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

It looks so cute being fat and all ^.^

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