The news of the Samsung Galaxy S IV announcement wasn’t the only big thing that Samsung brought to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. They also brought their largest ever stylus-equipped phone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note 8.0.
As the name suggests, this is an eight inch version of the Galaxy Note. And yes – it’s a phone, as well as a tablet. You can make calls on this thing, although you might look silly doing it unless you’re using a Bluetooth headset! The Note 8.0 includes the same S Pen stylus as the other Note models, allowing you to write or sketch easily.
The specifications are close to what we’d expect for any other mid-range tablet made by Samsung. We’ve got an Exynos 4 Quad processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage plus microSD. The eight inch display clocks in at a resolution of 1280 x 800, the same size as the original Galaxy Note.
The base operating system will be Android 4.1.2, with Android 4.2 to come at a later date. On the software front, we’re expecting a mix of apps and capabilities from across Samsung’s range of devices, including Galaxy S III innovations like Smart Stay and Note-centric options like MultiWindow and S Note. The device will also be the first to launch with third party S Pen optimised apps, including Flipboard and Awesome Note. Samsung even is throwing in a reading mode that’ll adjust the screen brightness for you and a Smart Remote app to use the integrated IR blaster to control your TV.
As well as the HSDPA+ version shown off at MWC, we’re also expecting a Wi-Fi only model and an LTE edition. The Galaxy Note 8.0 isn’t due until the second quarter of the year, and is expected to cost between $250 and $300.
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