Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 unveiled, what’s new?


Samsung has just introduced its latest entrant to the Galaxy Note cluster, the latest Galaxy Note 8.0 with a stylus and an 8-inch screen display.

Many people said the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is too big while the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note is too small to be their phone. Now that the Galaxy Note 8.0 arrives, will it be the right size for a pen-equipped Samsung tablet? Hopefully, it will.

The announcement of the new 8-inch Android tablet is done at a large mobile tradeshow in Barcelona, the Mobile World Congress on Saturday. Samsung then hopes that its new software features and portable size would make its name standout against its fierce rival, Apple’s iPad mini.

Introducing Galaxy Note 8.0

Slightly wider than the existing 7-inch tablets on the market, including Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, the new notebook-sized Galaxy Note 8.0 is designed more friendly to its users and easier to operate in one hand.

According to Samsung’s director of Product Planning, Shoneel Kolhatkar, “The Note 10.1 is more of a lean back experience and this is really about the lean forward, you are actively engaged with your notepad and the content you are editing.”

Features and Specs

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and integrates the following new key features and functions:
  • Google Android 4.2.1 (or Jelly Bean) platform
  • 1280×800 resolution WXGA screen
  • 5-megapixel back camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • More improved S-Pen software (stylus/digital pen similar to that with Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note 2)
  • Multi-tasking features like multi-window option to allow users put apps side by side
  • Smart Say, which keeps the screen on automatic mode when users look at it
  • Reader’s Mode, which changes the screen brightness for reading
  • Smarter Remote, makes the device works like a remote control. This is made possible with a graphical, TV Guide-like interface that allows users to tap on images to alter channels.
  • Smart Search, allows users to search for movies or shows across many different services
  • Works like a personal notebook/diary
  • Perfect portable size
The company did put emphasis to the enhanced pen software, which gives users with a better pen software experience.

Among the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0′s pen software features would include the Air View, which lets users hover the pen over specific Samsung apps to preview emails, photos or videos without launching the apps. Users can also use the pen to control the back and menu buttons on the device.

While Samsung did not disclose details on the exact pricing and availability of its new Galaxy Note 8.0 in the United States, the company said it will be out in the second quarter of 2013. Kolhatkar also guaranteed that the latest Note would be the best “combination of size and price.”

Samsung introduced its first Android tablet in the year 2010, in a form of a 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Since then, more tablets with various screen sizes are brought in by the company. And in the late 2012, tough rivals had arrived, including Apple’s 7-9-inch version of the iPad — the iPad Mini.

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