Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The screen on it is a 8 inch 1280×800 resolution display. It features a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor. It has 2GB of ram and has built-in storage options of 16GB or 32GB. if you need more storage, it’s expandable with a MicroSD card. Something not all tablets on the market support, so that’s great!
It features a 5 megapixel back camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera that seems comparable to the iPad 3 and above , and iPad mini cameras.
The operating system it runs is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Networking hardware wise it supports HSPA+ or LTE for cellular networks, and Wi-Fi. It features GPS, a headphone jack and uses a 4,600mAh battery for its power on the go. You know, pretty standard stuff for an Android tablet.
It also uses the Samsung’s S-Pen stylus, to write notes, use a planner, replying to emails using hand writing. The tablet also includes a IR blaster , that let’s you control infrared based devices for things such as your TV.
It ways 338 grams but the thing that makes it really different from all the other tablets is that it includes a phone in the international, non US version. Not sure why not included in the US version. Samsung expects you to hold it up to your ears and talk on it, like a phone… They are being serious. It’s around the same size as the iPad mini, and even Apple didn’t add phone functionality. I guess Samsung likes to think different also.
I think someone using an 8 inch phone would look stupid, seems like it would be prone to dropping since it’s so large compared to a normal 3 or 4 inch phone. I wonder if this trend of bigger and bigger phones every year will continue till we can go out and buy a 52 inch phone.
I guess some people carry a phone in their pocket and a tablet in their purse or messenger bag also, some people might just want to carry one device with them but I still feel like a 8 inch phone is ridiculous.
Samsung says it will be available worldwide in quarter two of this year. Carriers and pricing is not Announced yet.