The fun of the 2013 Mobile World Congress is starting and Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Note 8.0! As you may know this device has been rumored for sometime and we were treated to a sneak peak back in January. Now, it is officially here and it is Samsung’s latest and greatest 8-inch tablet. Believe it or not in certain areas the Note 8.0 will work as a phone, while it might be to big for some people it would certainly be interesting to test out the voice call functionality. The Galaxy  Note 8.0 is quite portable at just 338-grams(3G Variant) and it will fit in your pocket. The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 8-inch WXGA TFT touch screen display that has a resolution of 1280 X 800 and 189 pixels per inch. This is comparable to the resolution of the display on the Galaxy Note 10.1. For speed it has a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. As of now they have announced a 3G and a HSPA+ 21Mbps version, I suspect that it will have 4G LTE when it makes its way to the United States. You will be able to get it in either a 32GB or 64GB size, but both models will have a micro SD card slot for expandable storage. For power you get a 4600mAh standard lithium-ion battery. It will be running Android 4.1.2 JellyBean with a Samsung User Interface. It has an upgraded version of ChatOn which gives you new forms of messaging including, images, video, voice, contacts for simple communication. You can see a video of the new version of Samsung’s ChatOn below. Awesome Note gives you the power of unlimited note taking in Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be the first device to launch with and have Awesome Note. Flipboard has been customized for the Galaxy Note 8.0 and it will let you use the S Pen with the application. With Smart Remote you will be able to control your television right from the Galaxy Note 8.0. With applications like S Planner and S Note you can use the Note 8.0 to keep track of your schedule and be able to keep a diary on it. The Galaxy Note 8.0 features WACOM technology which will allow you to control the physical menu/back buttons with the S Pen. This is a first for the Galaxy Note series. The S Pen is optimized for S Note, AirView, PopUp Note, PopUp Video, Shape Match, Formula Match, Idea Sketch, and other great features. The Galaxy Note 8.0 features Learning Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Video Hub, Media Hub, Game Hub, and Samsung Hub. All of these will help you get entertainment on the Note 8.0. In terms of cameras you will get a 5 megapixel on the back and a 1.3 megapixel on the front. The device also features an accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, BlueTooth 4.0, and more. Overall, I am excited about the Galaxy Note 8.0 and I cannot wait to check it out. No pricing was announced as of yet, but it will be launching Globally in Quarter 2 of this year. No word on when it will be making its way to the United States just yet. For more information please see the gallery, video, and press release below.

Gallery

Video-“Introducing Samsung ChatOn 2”

Press Release

INTRODUCING THE GALAXY NOTE 8.0,

A NEW ERA OF PORTABILITY AND EVERYDAY PRODUCTIVITY 

SEOUL, Korea [February 24, 2011] – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the 8 inch tablet, the GALAXY Note 8.0; a new era of intelligent Note technology set to re-ignite the mid-size tablet category that Samsung established in 2010. Providing unrivalled multimedia performance within a compact one-hand-grip screen, the GALAXY Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to evolve the tablet experience and ensure you achieve new levels of efficient multi-tasking while benefitting from superb voice call functionality*. Furthermore, the intelligent S Pen brings together the latest innovation and the ease of using a traditional pen and paper; creating a sophisticated mobile experience that will enhance life on the go.

“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life.” said JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“The GALAXY Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play,” added Shin.

At the core of the GALAXY Note 8.0’s innovative solutions are beneficial functions, including multi-window options to split the portable 8inch screen and allow optimal access to a number of live applications; a new generation of Samsung’s intelligent S Pen with advanced usability; access to a suite of S Note templates and tools that allow you to create, edit, manage and share everyday documents; the Samsung “reading mode” technology to enjoy e books with optimized resolution, video and voice calls*. In addition, a suite of exciting new content and services are pre-loaded for users at no additional cost including, for the very first time on Samsung GALAXY tablet, the innovative Flipboard, and Awesome Note.

A smart diary for life on the go

Slim and compact enough to become the perfect on-the-go work and play companion, the GALAXY Note 8.0 brings powerful performance and functionality to support even the most demanding of lifestyles. Designed to store and manage your personal and professional data efficiently, the new era device gives users the perfect pocket-sized hands-on organizational tool. Practical S Note templates and S Planner feature help to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. All content can be entered and updated with the finest of detail thanks to the evolution of the intelligent Samsung S Pen. Enhanced precision is offered with Handwriting-to-Text conversion and advanced Productivity Tools that support formula and shape recognition are now available at the touch of your S Pen.

New content and services

GALAXY Note 8.0 is packed with pre-loaded content and apps specifically for the value maximizing, mass multimedia consumer. Upgraded Chat-On provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats – images, video, voice, contacts – for simple, enjoyable communication. Awesome Note, an integrated application that is introduced in android tablet for the first time with NOTE 8.0, is capable of unlimited note-taking uses including Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists. With Flipboard, your news, social network and other feeds come together in one stylish, flippable format so you can enjoy all your news and life’s great moments in one place. Flipboard developed a customized version of its application exclusively for Samsung that allows users to take the S Pen’s hover feature and preview article headers beneath Flipboard’s main screen tiles. Finally, Smart Remote, gives you a universal remote control and electronic programming guide allowing you to manage TV and video watching seamlessly.

A new age of S Pen intelligence

Optimized to aid personalized creativity, the Samsung S Pen has evolved to increase everyday usability and enhance creation expression. Embedded within the tablet, the S Pen is an extension of the GALAXY Note 8.0. Removing the S Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus that it thinks you’ll need and Page Buddy, a feature that will intuitively activate your most recently adapted S Note home screen.

S Pen technology is now so advanced that it doesn’t even have to touch the screen. With Air View, the S Pen needs only to hover over the screen to see previews of videos, emails, photos and appointments on SPlanner without opening the file or application in full. S Pen Gesture allows images and content to be easily edited and cropped, whilst Paper Artist and Photo Note allow photos to be artistically personalized.

In addition, for the very first time in GALAXY NOTE category, you can use S Pen to control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with WACOM technology. 

Maximizing mass multimedia consumption

Creative multi-tasking with the GALAXY Note 8.0 is effortless due to innovative Dual View feature, two multi window options that seamlessly allow you to facilitate multi-screen usage. Dual View’s split screen accommodates optimal operation of different apps, such as launching the S Note on the web browser screen and allowing content to be resized, dragged and dropped as required.

Multi-tasking is extended to phone calls*. Pop Up Note allows you to access S Note at any time to keep track of key actions and Pop Up Video ensures you can keep surfing the web whilst chatting – content windows can be easily resized by pinching to enlarge or reduce. 

Perfect info-tainment partner

Packed with features to engage, entertain and excite, the GALAXY Note 8.0 supports your practical everyday needs. Reading Mode transforms the GALAXY Note 8.0 into an e-Book reader, provides the optimal reading conditions to ensure you can curl up and enjoy a good book. You can even turn it into a universal remote control with Smart Remote, to seamlessly manage TVs, set-up boxes, DVD & Blu-ray players.

For ChatOn Vr 2.0, please visit http://youtu.be/jjRmbglgUWA

GALAXY Note 8.0 Product Specifications

Network

HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100

Processor

1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor

Display

8” WXGA (1280×800, 189 ppi) TFT

OS

Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera
Sub(Front): 1.3 Megapixel Camera

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, (1080p Full HD video @ 30fps)

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3, FLAC3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

S Pen Optimized Features

S Pen Experience- S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration

– Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist

Air View
Popup Note, Popup Video
Shape Match, Formula Match, Idea Sketch

Sharing Features

Samsung AllShare PlaySamsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension

Samsung AllShare Framework

Content Features & Services

Samsung Apps
Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
Samsung Hub- Game Hub

-Learning Hub / Readers Hub / Music Hub / Video Hub/ Media Hub(US only)

Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service (version 2.0)
Smart Stay, Direct Call
Page Buddy/ Tag Buddy/ Word Buddy
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google LatitudeGoogle Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies

Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads

Awesome Note
Flipboard

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS (3G Version)

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB2.0

Sensor

Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity

Memory

2GB (RAM), 16/32GB

microSD (up to 64GB)

Dimension

210.8 X 135.9mm, 338g (3G Version)

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 4,600mAh

 

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