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Published On: Tue, Feb 26th, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet Preview: What this Beast Holds?

Now is the time to have a sneak peak at the tablet market once again, not because of the rising numbers of devices, but because of the new tablet launched by one of the leading tech giant Samsung. It is the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that has been revealed in many leaked images by now. However, the device has been officially unveiled where Samsung once again challenged its major rival Apple to show some unique power.

Samsung’s latest heir is the Android based 8-inch Galaxy Note that comes with the same S Pen (Stylus), but dressed up with more features to win hearts of its fans. Some important points to be noted are Wacom-powered stylus and the regular voice call facility, just like a smartphone. Other highlights are yet to uncover. So, keep reading further the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 preview and do comment us your views.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet

Pros

  • Comparatively lightweight
  • 8-inch impressive touchscreen
  • Wacom-built S Pen

Cons

  • Screen resolution is not super high
  • For Australian users, ETA is not available

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet Features

 

Hardware

The design of Galaxy Note 8.0 is really appealing and looks very strongly built. It has got the same glossy paint with plastic finish, but looks good. Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones along with Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet are the current devices that the company has targeted in the world competition. And now this new device shuts everyone’s mouth as Samsung says it has revolutionized the tablet world by bringing an 8-inch Note with S-Pen in the market. The device weighs 338 grams, slightly lighter than the Google’s Nexus 7 which is hefty than its biggest rival iPad Mini.

As far as appearance is concerned, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has got rounded corners and thicker bezel as compared to the iPad mini. So, you get to distinguish both the devices very easily. The S Pen, trademark of this device is integrated into the bottom right of Galaxy Note (rear casing). The S Pen location has been shifted from left side to right than the earlier model.

This new device sports an 8-inch screen with a cool 1280 by 800 pixels of resolution with LCD display. However, the screen maintains 189ppi pixel density which may annoy some enthusiasts as the screen will not be that impressive. Below the screen boasts a physical home button which is accompanied by a back button at the left and multitasking button at the right.  The tablet is adorned with a 5 megapixel rear camera that lacks flash. This is a negative point that critics could raise. Well, at least the front facing camera has been given with 1.2 megapixel sensor for easy video calling. Other bigger tablets like the fourth generation iPad and Nexus 10 are the devices that come with screens which can be said amazing for their super high resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet Camera

Looking at the dimensions of this device, it just maintains 7.95mm thickness which calls it a sleek and slim device. The device fails to get high pixel density like the latest full size iPad and the OLED contrast that Samsung loaded on the smaller Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The device can be compared to iPad mini, but its improvements are obvious. Like the Note series brothers, the display quality of Note 8.0 is not competitive. It features a Wacom Digitiser Layer which offers full pressure sensitive stylus input when the user drags S-Pen on screen.

One good feature is that the device holds microSD card slot where users can input 16GB or 32GB external storage for increased space. Coming to the CPU, not many will enjoy this spec. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is powered by a quad core Exynos processor with its clock fixed at 1.6GHz which we have seen on last year’s model.

Software

This Note offers the best bits that we have seen in its series. This means that two applications on one screen can be used through the TouchWiz User Interface. Users can simply drag and drop various core apps on the screen without navigating to different apps at once. For say, you are watching a video and side by side also checking out your emails or browsing internet while checking the calendar. So, all these can be done at once. You just need to drag these apps on the screen from left side bar that shows TouchWiz. As simple as that!

The only concern is the limited screen resolution that could fail to provide amazing experience while watching videos. Multitasking on this device is good, but little extra sharpness was required. While browsing, users will come across small text on screen, affected due to the pixel density.

If this device is compared to iPad mini 2 which is still a rumor, Samsung has to make its S Stylus more powerful to make this device worth a bit. The stylus is no doubt great and if it is rated, the device will stand between Note 2 and Note 10.1. Instead, the stylus is more natural due to rubber nib at the bottom. Users can easily use sketch tool and experience a good painting time. Still, more information will be received once the device is launched in the market.

Coming to the software part, the Note 8.0 includes some third-party apps with the S Pen. One popular app that uses this S Pen feature is the famous media aggregator Flipboard; though at present nothing can be said as final.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet Price

This device is equipped with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system which is the latest Google Android version available in the market. It comes along with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface, making the new Note 8.0 more appealing. Users can at least experience smoother UI and the use of S Pen on capacitive buttons for back and menu. This feature comes preloaded with Awesome Note app where infrared port is inserted to let users use the S Pen like a universal remote control.

The device is powered by a 1.6GHz quad core Exynos 4 processor by mated to a 2GB RAM. Users can buy either 16GB or 32GB memory versions, just like Apple owners do. However, Samsung has offered a memory expansion option through microSD card.

Coming to the battery part, the device has got a super powerful 4600mAh battery, but owners will dislike the non-removable system of this battery.

It is a 3G/LTE capable version of Galaxy Note that lets users make phone calls just like a regular smartphone. As announced, Samsung will also sell a Wi-Fi only version, but about the Australian model, there is no news at all. About 4G compatible version, it is still unknown whether such version will be created or not.

Price

Pricing and availability of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is still to come, but availability of Australian version is expected in the coming months.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet Preview

Conclusion

Wait for our Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review which we will soon update with the pricing of each version. As of now, all we can say is that Samsung has created a tablet cum smartphone through which one can make calls, draw sketches and graphs, and enjoy a handy 8-inch tablet at stretch.

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