Mobile World Congress 2013 kicks-off on Monday, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from getting things rolling already. The South Korea-based company has officially announced its Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which is a direct iPad mini competitor.
Here’s a quick view of the Galaxy Note 8.0 features list.
- Display: 8″ 16M-color TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels (189ppi)
- Dimensions: 210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm, 338 g
- Stylus: S Pen, 1024 pressure levels, hover functionality
- Chipset: Exynos 4412 Quad
- CPU: Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz processor
- GPU: Mali-400MP
- RAM: 2GB
- OS: Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Memory: 16/32GB storage, microSD card slot
- Still camera: 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with backlit sensor, face detection and Best faces feature, touch focus and image stabilization; 1.3MP front facing camera, video-calls
- Video camera: Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash,
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host), GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
- Battery: 4600 mAh
- Misc: Nature UX, Extremely rich video/audio codec support, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor, gyroscope sensor, Smart stay and Smart rotation eye-tracking, Reading mode
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is little more than an upsized Galaxy Note II. Or is that a downsized Galaxy Note 10.1? The only differences are the new S-Pen software features that come with Android 4.1.2 and the latest TouchWiz, but those have already been made to the Note 8.0 predecessors. The S Pen for the Note 8.0 can control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with Wacom technology. Basically, you can use the S Pen to touch the capacitive buttons, which once only responded to a finger’s touch.
Samsung has yet to share pricing and availability for the Note 8.0, but from the sounds of its announcement, there will be both a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G model. The latter will feature Samsung’s phone app thanks to the HSPA+21 (no LTE) on-board. Right, you’ll be able to make a call on your 8-inch tablet.