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More Galaxy Note 8.0 Photos Leak, Show Off Home Button and Phone Capabilities?


More pictures of the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 have leaked, but so far they are leaving us with more questions than we had before. Mainly, where does this device fit in with the Note 10.1, Note 2 and the Galaxy Tab series? Shouldn’t the upcoming 7″ Tab 3 be enough? Another question: Samsung, do you really expect anyone to use this as a phone? It does have a telephone app in the bottom left corner, so try holding this to your ear and not getting made fun of.

All sarcasm aside, it looks that this device will in fact be announced at MWC in a few weeks. The French site, Frandroid, got their hands on the device and reported the specs including a 1280 x 800 LCD display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card reader, cameras on the front and back, and a 4,600 mAh battery. Nowhere did they mention if it comes with a Bluetooth headset for those phone calls, but we sincerely hope it does.

Is anyone interested in another Note at this point? No one will really make any phone calls on this, will they?

Via: Frandroid

  • I like HOME button.

  • Benmartin1974

    I’d been thinking of ordering a galaxy note for a couple of weeks. I read lots of reviews and this one was helpful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my package last month and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure#

  • I most definitely will make calls on this thing.

  • Glen

    Brings the Get Smart shoe phone to mind

  • I’d assume you’d use the speaker for most calls.

  • Trevor

    Your dominate arm would be so lopsidedly buff if you used this as a phone.

  • Rickerbilly

    This site should be called Droid-Whiners. Home button this, too big that, I thought we were celebrating Android here?

    • Dominick_7

      Haha yea feel the same way about the whining at times too.

  • It’s waaaaay too big! It looks ridiculous.

  • James Baranowski

    Someone tell Shaq they finally made a cell phone him

  • mlbeep

    I’m looking at a 6-maybe something inch thing, and using the phone part via Blutooth ear thing. No need for a tablet AND a phone…

  • HeartStrong07

    Device might be perfect for me … I use a Nexus 7, love the size, but wish I had pen input for note taking … the Galaxy Note 10.1 is too big … Galaxy Note 2 is too small …

  • Detonation

    Dunno why this is such a big deal now…the 7″ Galaxy Tab Plus from 2011 has an earpiece and phone app. See: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxytab/7.0/image/bg_main_visual.png

  • skinja

    Am I the only person who thinks it is a HUGE MISS by samsung that the S-Pen does not work on the hardware keys on the bottom of the Note 2 (and other devices).

    It is so annoying to be using the S-Pen, then have to touch the hardware keys with my finger in order to use them.

    • Trey Mitchell

      Its a hardware limitation but they make up for it with quick gestures

      • michael arazan

        Should have built the pen to work like the padfone 2 pen with a mic and speaker to use. I always wanted a tablet with a phone in it because I don’t like the small screens of phones.

    • thats why i disabled the hardware keys and enabled soft keys on my note 2

  • Rodeojones000

    Anything with “home button” in the description should immediately be ignored.

  • skinja

    I might not use it, but I love having it as an option. It is just a bigger screen, it is not like it has some sort of drawback like a carrying handle.

    I could see something this big being very valuable to businesses. For example, someone who works on the road a lot or makes deliveries.

  • Axel Foley

    I’d want to use it as a phone (w/ a BT headset of course) but it’s just not practical, in some cases. Even with my Note II, I can put it in my pocket or in that huge (not-quite-fanny-pack size) belt case but where do you put the Note 8 during those times where you need to put your phone up but still have it with you?
    Plus, still haven’t seen that killer feature to make me give up my N7.

  • Doug Dunfee

    I use my phone as a phone about 3 times a week. I’d be more than happy to do that while carrying only 1 device and using a headset/earbuds.

    Per the question of where does this fit in? It fits just nicely above the 7″ tablets that many of us find to be just a tad too small and the 10″ tablets which are too big and heavy to be portable, but to weak and small to be powerful productivity tools.

    They still need to execute though. Build quality, camera, screen, battery, and most of all, don’t hose up the software too much.

    Should be a battle royale between this and the 7.7″ Nexus if that does materialize.

  • LionStone

    There’s a phone for that. 😉

  • schoat333

    Clearly Samsung is trying to steal Apple’s consumers. It looks like it might just work too.

    • angermeans

      Sadly Samsung isn’t stealing apples customers they are stealing customers from the rest of the android oems. Apples numbers have gone up have you been asleep the past couple days?

  • Aaron

    I would love to use this as a phone, just to see all the weird looks I get.

    • Dominick_7

      I’d love to do that for the same reason. Have a 20 inch desktop replacement notebook for a similar reaction.

  • Unless Samsung creates software that let’s you connect your phone to your tablet. If I am using my tablet and I get a call or text on my phone, I can answer it on my tablet.

    One of the best things about DeskSMS and other similar apps is that if you forget your phone, you can still keep up with texts on your phone or tablet. I really hope Samsung does this.

  • jb

    Seeing a person holding this up to their ear will look only slightly more ridiculous than a person holding up a tablet to take a picture

    • Slightly?!

    • Doug Dunfee

      I know the prevailing tech blogger snobbery think that taking photos with tablets is uncool, but what exactly don’t they get about have a gigantic viewfinder so people can see what their photos will actually look like? I agree a 10″ is fairly ridiculous, but not so much on smaller devices.

  • Daistaar

    Why would you hold it up to your ear? The S-Pen clearly doubles as a Bluetooth headset you hold up to your ear like a traditional handset…


  • master94

    I would buy it. I feel like this is Samsung just seeing how far it can go

  • r0lct

    Many people have stated they would want 1 device, while there’s still physically 2, if they acted as one (mirrored with your GS3/N2) that could be interesting.

    But I would have to assume it’ll be too pricey for that perk.

  • Steve Benson

    Big FU to Samsung and their damn hardware keys.

    • Trey Mitchell

      This message brought to you by one man’s opinion.

  • Michael33704

    It’s nice to have the phone capability if needed. One could always use the speaker function rather than hold it up to one’s ear…..

  • bakdroid

    I can’t wait till I see the first person holding this up to their ear. I am going to laugh in their face at how stupid they look!

    Larger displays on phones are getting one thing, but this is getting ridiculous!

    • skinja

      Couldn’t you see the value though in having a single device? And you could always use a bluetooth headset and work from the device at the same time you are on a call.

      • bakdroid

        Absolutely! I would buy the PadPhone in a heartbeat if it released in the US on Verizon. Carriers don’t want single devices, they want you to buy add on plans so they can make more money using the same data.

        Yes you could use a bluetooth headset or make the S-Pen be a handset like Asus did with the PadPhone pen but then they need to take the speaker off the top of it.

    • Dominick_7

      Good luck with that. Hope you don’t get punched in the face.

  • Xavier Fields

    this looks kinda cool but super clunky. i wish samsung had less devices though. everything they sell has galaxy behind it and its confusing people

  • normmcgarry

    That’s a good point. That is definitely a phone speaker at the top, too. How odd.

  • Trigger Happy TV commercials come to mind….

  • I know I am in the minority, but I am intrigued by this as a phone. I perform inspections as part of my work, with tablets as part of my work-flow, and having a single device for everything is quite intriguing. I could see myself using a bluetooth headset / car bluetooth with it most of the time and have a second phone handy for non-working times. That’s the joy of SIM cards, right? Swap them, depending on the need at the moment.

    • angermeans

      Just wait phones will be this size soon. Hell, I bet Samsung calls it a phone after the success of the Note 2.

  • i just want to say how the 8.0 makes the galaxy note look normal haha

  • DC_Guy

    I’m SO getting one!

  • interstellarmind

    Had I not put all my money in the Note 2 I would definitely have gotten this.
    (Seriously considering selling my Note 2 for it, though)

    And YES, I would use it to make calls (via a bluetooth, of course- and even then, I only use like an hour a month on calls anyway).

  • Honey… I blew up the s3!..(I’m rick moranis voice)