Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Overview
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 builds on the success of the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1. It includes the hugely popular S-Pen Stylus functionality in an 8” form factor, providing yet another option when it comes to choosing the most productive Android device to suit your needs.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note handsets have already picked up the moniker ‘phablet’ due to their large screen size. The Galaxy Note 8.0, however, goes even further to blur the lines between smartphone and tablet. It has the 8” screen of a tablet, but then has phone functionality and a 5MP camera.
Regardless of which definition the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is given, it is likely to be used primarily as a tablet. The 8” screen size makes it a direct rival of the iPad Mini, which has received a good deal of praise for its dimensions. Previously, Android tablets have had a display size of either 7” or ~10”, so that extra screen space and S Pen functionality makes the Note 8.0 something very different in the market.
With the inclusion of a large battery, phone functionality and reasonable camera, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will no doubt appeal to the power users that have made popular the existing Note range. These features mean that you could carry the Note 8 as a sole device if you so choose – no need to carry both tablet and phone. You may wish to attach a headset when making a call, mind you.
While the Galaxy Note 8 mainly inherits features of its siblings, it does add a few of its own as well. For the first time on a Galaxy Note device, you are able to control the physical menu and back buttons with the S Pen stylus. This makes usage of the device even more efficient as there is not as much need to switch between stylus and finger.
For the uninitiated, the S Pen Stylus and its interface have been specially developed by Samsung to work with its Galaxy Note devices. There are various apps to choose from with functionality specific to the S Pen, developed by both Samsung itself and third parties. This brings us to another one of the new offerings that the Note 8 has: Awesome Note.
While Samsung itself does not develop Awesome Note, it does have a one-year exclusive on the app. when it comes to Android, with Awesome Note having previously only been available for iOS. It looks to be the perfect app to marry with S Pen functionality, enabling you to take unlimited notes in memo, diary or to-do list formats. Splitting the screen into the most comfortable layout then makes for an even more productive interface.
Samsung’s custom Android skin, TouchWiz UX, brings with it many features that take into consideration daily usage of smartphones and tablets. Features such as Smart Stay, which overrides the sleep timer if your eyes are focused on the device, are included with the Note 8.0, as is the split screen mode that has been introduced in Samsung’s Jelly Bean updates for the other Note devices. With split screen mode, you can have two apps. open side by side. This removes the need to switch between apps. and is particularly useful when making notes from a website, email or document.
In terms of hardware and connectvity features, the Note 8 is certainly not lacking. It is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. There is 16/32GB of internal storage, plus a microSD slot that is expandable up to 64GB. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AllShare functionality are also included, as well as accelerometer, digital compass and proximity sensors. Power and data are trasnmitted via microUSB 2.0 and a set of headphones can be connected by a 3.5mm jack.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Features
- 8.0" 1280 x 800 TFT Display
- S-Pen Stylus
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
- 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage
- MicroSD slot (expandable up to 64GB)
- 4,600 mAh battery
- 210.8 X 135.9mm x 7.95mm
- Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n)
- Wi-Fi direct
- Bluetooth 4.0
- MicroUSB 2.0
- 3.5mm earphone jack
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Box Contents
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