The Galaxy Note 8.0 is here and those who still might have been harboring any doubts, the device can be considered an enlarged version of Samsung Galaxy Note device. With 8 inch (1280 x 800 pixel) of screen real estate, the tablet also boasts of voice calling capability while the attached stylus can be used to draw or make notes on the display.
On the inside, the Galaxy Note 8.0 device comes with a 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip that works together with a 2 GB RAM and either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. The tablet also offers a microSD card slot for more storage requirements while a 4600mAh battery keep everything moving.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 runs the latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and ships with the TouchWiz user interface along with the entire suite of apps that’s available with the Galaxy Note 2 device. The Note 8.0 will also come pre-loaded with two third party apps — Flipboard and Awesome Note — that is being launched on the Note 8.0 exclusively.
“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life.” said JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics during the launch.
Also, with the launch of Note 8.0, what has become evident is that Samsung is adopting a ‘Note’ approach to tablet devices. While its Galaxy Note 10.1 failed to make a mark, its Note and Note 2 devices continued to flourish. The company now wishes to replicate the same with its Note 8.0 which will make a market debut toward Q2 2013. A revamped Galaxy Note 10.1 or an entirely new device in this segment might be next in the offing. However, pricing will be crucial if the Note 8.0 wishes to emerge as a viable competitor to the iPad Mini and others in this segment.