Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on: Phone features included

February 23, 2013
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After all the leaks and rumors today the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is finally official. Samsung just revealed their new daring 8-inch tablet, and we have all the details. Live in Barcelona for MWC we've already got our paws all over it. We'd rather not call this a phablet, but this truly is because its got full phone and voice features included. We might not get the phone model in the US, at least not initially, but read on for all the details.

The leaks and rumors were true and Samsung has just announced their Galaxy Note 8.0 complete with 3G voice and calling functions. Then you'll obviously be able to enjoy all those other amazing features we've come to love from the Galaxy Note lineup. Complete with their S-Pen stylus and all those features, you'll want to check out the hands-on video below.

The Galaxy Note rocks an 8.0-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution 189PPI display, and of course we'll be working with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It's powered by an Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, and they'll be offering both 16 and 32GB models - micro SD slot included. Users can also enjoy a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.3 facing front shooter. The 3G version of this device comes in at 210.8 x 135.9mm small with 338g for the weight.

That S-Pen stylus on a beautiful 8-inch screen looks nice right? We'll have to test those call functions (and the look on peoples faces) once the tablet actually hits the market. You'll also get A-GPS and GLONASS, as well as the usual WiFi, Bluetooth, AllShareCast and usual sensors. Then Samsung also added the popular IR blaster to control your Samsung TV's at home. Or any TV for that matter using the Peel Android application.

Everything we love about the Samsung Galaxy Note lineup is on board here, with all those multi-window modes and true multitasking capabilities. Then Samsung even have a new Wacom digitizer and the dedicated menu and back buttons work with the stylus - we know you guys all will be happy about that! There’s also a brand new exclusive Flipboard app made specifically for the Galaxy Note 8.0, complete with pop-up previews when you hover with your S-Pen. You can enjoy Popup Note, Popup Video, and Air View all right out of the box as well.

The design follows the recent Galaxy lineup, but has a very solid and durable feel. The aluminum sides are great in the hand and it's certainly comfortable to use. This is Samsung's answer to the Nexus 7 and the iPad mini, that's for sure. We have no official price or release date, but Samsung states it will be available in the 2nd quarter of this year. Hopefully a few US carriers jump on board the phone capabilities, but we'll have to wait and see.

Follow all of our coverage from Barcelona at our MWC 2013 Portal.


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  • Guest

    5 Mp Camera? They really went all out on it didn’t they

    Still only a quad core, and maybe not get phone abilities here in the USA?

    No Android 4.2.x (translation: No multi-windowing).

    Remind me why I want to buy something like this again? Aside from the fact it is from Samsung?

    Somebody get up with me when it has:

    an OctoCore processor

    12 Mp Camera, with a Minimum of 5 Mp front – and can take a picture of the moon on a bright night without washing out to white

    runs 4.2 or newer OS

    has a battery lifespan of 8 hours minimum

    a HDMI port that does not require yet another proprietary adapter, or a dock where I can use it as my desktop system (dock with HDMI/VGA ports on back, sound, USB hub, et al).

    Otherwise my GS3 still has this thing beat – other than some of the specialized software, which Samsung would be wise to share with the rest of the other Note and GS3 crouds.

  • chris

    this is not a phone anymore……it cant be!!!

  • Guest

    Next time try taking a video where your hand isn’t blocking the camera most of the time.

  • Roberto Tomás

    if this came out last year it wouldn’t have stood out, even early in the year. this year it just looks pitiful.

  • Alan

    Mediocre Screen resolution, Processors, and Camera. Ok they made the software better, but it just looks ugly, big thick bezel, camera right were you would hold it in landscape mode (by the way someone needs to develop a better way to take pictures on tablets in landscape mode unless you have 6 inch thumbs to reach the click on screen button)
    I was looking forward to adding this to my collection of Samsung devices but I think I’ll pass.

    • Alan

      Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a 13Mp camera, but I want to see bigger/better optics, better low light and image correction built in, like the new HTC.