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.
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
- Google Latitude
- Google Play Store
- Google Play Books
- Google Play Movies
- Google Plus
- Google Talk
- Google Places
- Google Navigation
- Google Downloads
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