Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung, on the eve of Mobile World Congress, has announced the Galaxy Note 8.0. It's a mid-size phone/tablet hybrid. The international (read: Non-U.S.) version will be able to make phone calls. (Though Samsung -- and we as well -- recommend doing so with a headset and not by holding it up to your head.)

The Galaxy Note 8.0 specs are nothing to sneeze at. It's powered by a quad-core Exynos processor running at 1.6 GHz, has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3MP shooter out front.  It's running Samsung's TouchWiz customizations on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Also: See our Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on

Most important, however, is the inclusion of (and improvements to) the S Pen stylus, which brings about a world of functionality not found in any other tablets at this point.

Also new is the inclusion of an "IR blaster," which is a sexy name for an infrared port on the side of the Note 8.0 that, thanks to the Peel application, lets you control your TV and other IR-enabled devices from the comfort and safety of your couch.

We've got the full Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 specs after the break.

  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos
  • Display: 8-inch WXGA display (1280x800 at 189 ppi)
  • Operating system: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
  • Camera: 5 megapixel (rear), 1.3-megapixels (front)
  • Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX (1080p full HD video @ 30 fps)
  • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3, FLAC; 3.5mm headphone jack
  • GPS: aGPS + GLONASS (3G version)
  • Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 and 5 GHz; WiFi Direct; AllShareCast; Bluetooth 4.0; USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer; Digital compass; Proximity sensor
  • Memory/Storage: 2GB RAM, 32/64GB storage; microSD card (up to 64 GB)
  • Dimensions: 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95
  • Weight: 338 grams
  • Battery: 4,600 mAh
  • S Pen optimized features: S Note, S Planner, e-mail with handwriting integration; Quick Command; Easy Clip; Photo Note; Paper Artist; Air View; Popup Note; Popup Video; Shape Match; Formula Match; Idea Sketch
  • Sharing Features: AllShare Play; AllShare Cast (Wifi Display mirroring and extension); AllShare Framework

Content, features and services

  • Samsung Apps
  • Samsung Kies/Kies Air
  • TouchWiz/Samsung Live Panel
  • Samsung Hub; Game Hub; Learning Hub; Readers Hub; Music Hub; Video Hub; Media Hub (U.S. Only)
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service (version 2.0)
  • Smart Stay, Direct Call
  • Page Buddy/Tag Buddy/Word Buddy
  • Google Search
  • Google Maps
  • Gmail
  • Google Latitude
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Play Books
  • Google Play Movies
  • Google Plus
  • YouTube
  • Google Talk
  • Google Places
  • Google Navigation
  • Google Downloads