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Samsung Announces the Galaxy Note 8.0

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Mobile World Congress 2013 has officially started with Samsung announcing the Galaxy Note 8.0, a device that is expected to “re-ignite the mid-size tablet category.” It sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8″ (1280×800) display, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, 4600mAh battery, HSPA+ radios, and runs Android 4.1.2. It also supports S Pen and all of the multi-tasking software that you have come and love to know on all of the Note products. An IR sensor rounds out the specs, taking advantage of Samsung’s TV remote capabilities.

As you can see from the pictures, Samsung kept to the design language of the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 by sticking with a physical home button, and soft touch back and menu buttons. In what may be the greatest feature of all, though, Samsung has finally allowed the S Pen to interact with the soft menu and back buttons. That’s right, you can now tap on the soft keys with the S Pen and make magic, something you cannot do on any other device including the Note 2.

The international version can technically make phone calls, so yes, you can hold an 8″ tablet up to your ear and look that silly if you so choose to. We don’t know if that functionality will carry over to the U.S. version.

Pricing and availability has not been announced for the U.S., but the device is expected to be available across the rest of the globe in Q2 of this year. 


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Press Release


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.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales exceeding KRW 201 trillion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • joejoe5709

    Love it. If it had a more dedicated dev community and a slightly lower price, I’d be all over this and forget all about the N7. I absolutely love the idea of stylus on a tablet.

  • Xenu

    Nexus who? Capacitive buttons are inherently superior because they don’t waste valuable screen real estate and since every tablet must have a bezel, it might as well be used for something. Plus S Pen, multi-window, and micro SD? I only wish this were out now. Just wish it had a higher screen resolution.

    • joejoe5709

      Nexus7 with Paranoid Android PIE (or something similar). Problem solved. Well… except for then you’d probably lose S-Pen, Multi-window and all that. 🙁

  • Zac St. Louis

    Dear Sammy,
    Look at google’s update list for their mobile OS and stop using dated software.

  • Travisty

    Home button on a tablet?!?

  • wm snyder

    with gnote2 you just turn the phone towards the person you want to block out (private phone call) with this it’s Doctor Who’s phone booth!

  • Austin Warren

    If this was full hd, octa processor, key lime pie, I’d definitely use this as a phone.

  • Bionic

    2nd generation Nexus 7 FTW

  • Bionic

    Ugly as sin. Not only that, but I fail to understand why Samsung needs two tablet lines. You have the “galaxy tab line” and the “note” line. Does the note do anything the regular S tabs don’t.

    I’ll stick with my Nexus 7 thank you very much.

    • Trey Mitchell

      “Does the note do anything the regular S tabs don’t”

      uhhhh yeahh…. it’s called an S-pen and it’s kind of a big deal

      • Bionic

        I can get a nice stylus for my nexus 7 as well

        • Dominick_7

          Not the same thing but ok. The pressure points of sensitivity makes the Wacom based sPen similar to using a real pen, pencil and brush. You get thinner lines when pressing on the screen with it lightly and thicker darker lines when applying more pressure. You don’t get this at all with just a stylus. As an artist who had wanted a Wacom tablet for a while this is truly incredibly and affordable, at least as far as the Note 2 is concerned since no pricing info had been released. The difference though is night and day to anyone who needs to take notes or is creative at all.

  • Real Talk

    Capacitive buttons are better.I would take this over the nexus 7’s unnecessarily massive bezel and less reliable software buttons that result in too little actual screen space.

    • Bionic

      The 2nd generation 7 has less bezel.

      • Trey Mitchell

        that’s still all rumors for now

  • CapnShiner

    I’m starting to wonder why they don’t just make tablets made-to-order, sort of like laptops. There was already a 7″ tablet and a 10″ tablet from Samsung. Granted, there wasn’t a 7″ Note but I think a software change would have been easier. With all these different variations, why not just let people order exactly what they want, rather than making a few different options available every 6 months? Just build the tablet to order. If someone wants an S-Pen, let that be an add-on. Let people choose between 7, 8, 9, or 10 inches for the screen size (expand that to 5″, 6″, 11″, or more screens if you want). Let people choose if they want 3G/4G, GSM, or CDMA radios. Let people chooses the amount of internal storage, as you do now. Put all of it under the Galaxy Tab brand and call it good.

    • Rodeojones000

      This is a very interesting idea. Considering the laptop market didn’t start out as made-to-order but essentially that’s what we have now, I could see the tablet market going this route in the future.

  • Trey Mitchell

    we will see what the price point is on the wifi only version in the states but im hopelessly interested. despite having a note 2 already.

    just a few notes:


    “Samsung has finally allowed the S Pen to interact with the soft menu and back buttons.”
    my note 2 is jealous

    oh and screw the white I want a black, grey, or blue one
    sammy needs to step up their designs the new htc stuff looks slick they need to come up with something equally appealing.

    • Tony Allen

      Well when the S4 gets announced, expect their design language to change.

  • Akashshr

    I am happy, Samsung is finally starting to mess up!

    • Bionic

      LOL right?

  • Like the IR (i dont get why this isn’t on more devices), i like the S Pen on a tablet. I dislike the design and home button :/
    Samsung, y u do dis?

    • joejoe5709

      Oooooo. Good call. Didn’t see that the first time around. Yes. This needs to me more universal. Universal on new devices and more universal in that I want to control all current TV’s and DVD players, etc from my phone. Shouldn’t be too difficult to develop, right?

      • Right? IR is old tech but we use it so much. You can buy a $200 Universal remote to that has a touch screen form Logitech, but why when i can have my $200 phone do that as well as all the other functions?
        Right now you can plug in an IR LED into your headphone jack but there’s only crappy apps that play .wav files when you click on the buttons. If more phone had built in IR i bet good Universal remote apps would pop up.

  • Jones

    You wouldn’t hold it to your ear anyway.
    You put on headphones.

  • Tech Pro

    Just wonder how Samsung plan to sell this one. New slogan, “Mine is Bigger than Ipad Mini”. Pretty ridiculous. But Any thing can be sold as long as there is enough Ad dollars and idiots.

    • Rodeojones000

      Emphasis on the idiots part – especially for those who fall for that marketing campaigns and buy this device.

  • Again with outdated Android software. After being catered to the Nexus, I see no reason to switch.

  • baconslayer09

    It’s just a gigantic Note 2. Why would you put capacitive buttons on a tablet?

  • jeff3yan

    Finally, it’s stupid that they keep incrementing the size of their phones by a few tenths of an inch each time. Might as well take it to a logical conclusion.

  • 4.1.2? really samsung?

    • Tony Allen

      I know right! Missing out on SOOO many vital features of Android.

  • Jonathan Bunch

    10 bucks this is going to be Tim’s new phone!

    • Thomas

      Tim has already fallen off the Note 2 bandwagon so I doubt it.

      • wm snyder

        house phone 2 in living room

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  • hkklife

    Any idea if it comes in black or just white? I kinda wish it had a 1080P screen but I suppose they are trying to keep the BoM low.

    Also, I assume it’s a sealed internal battery like the larger Tabs? Any word if it uses the traditional Samsung latching proprietary connector or conventional microUSB?

  • Colin Bell

    Does that say that only the 3G version supports GPS?

  • Sorry samsung but the nexus 7 is going just fine.

  • Rodeojones000

    Physical home button, TouchWiz, and the ugly design of the Note 2… No thanks.

  • Chuck Finley

    the Galaxy Note 8.0, a device that is expected to “re-ignite the mid-size tablet category.” – I didn’t know that the mid-sized tablet category was dying…especially since it made Apple take notice.

  • jcorf

    Dang that’s ugly.

    • Rodeojones000

      Indeed it is.

      • Nicholassss

        its all that bezel. yuck.

        • Trey Mitchell

          actually I think the bezel is good on a device this large its nice to have somewhere to hold it cause you wont be able to palm it properly.

          • Big_EZ

            It definitely needs bezel, I just think it needs less than it has.

          • Nicholassss

            thats what I’m saying.

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          • I have no problem holding the Xyboard 8.2 with one hand, and I don’t have what I would consider to be large hands.

          • Butters619

            Agreed 100%. People always say “ehhmahgerd less bezel” but have any of them held an iPad Mini? It has less bezel and it feel like crap in hand.

    • Richard Yarrell

      The Galaxy Note 8.0 makes the Nexus 7 totally useless. You can add the ipad mini to this list of uselessness. The Galaxy Note 8 is a true multitasking, every day productivity device with features galore something neither the Nexus or ipadmini offers.

      • dirty vato

        Shut up douche. You sound like Samsung’s prison bitch.

        • Futbolrunner

          Damn lol

      • squiddy20

        You are so wrong. Want multitasking and “every day productivity”? Get a laptop. Bigger screen, ability to do more, more powerful hardware, and just about as portable.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I swear with Samsung Pushing all these look a likes… We’ll NEVER get rid of that home button… smfh

    • Trey Mitchell

      Despite what you believe some of us like the home button.

      • Dominick_7

        Agreed. I like the home button and the bezel makes sense on a larger tablet due to where one can put one’s palm. It doesn’t make sense to do that on the Note 2, which is why a large bezel isn’t on there.

    • It’s not Samsung that decides to put that button on, it’s the buyers/users. There’s a reason the top two (arguably anyway) dogs, the Iphone5, and GS3 have a home botton, the majority of users want one. Right or wrong, I think the majority of this board fails to grasp that concept.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Users want a home button? Lol users have no idea what they want. They just take what OEMS give them starting with Apple. If Apple had no “physical” home button the entire industry would follow suit.

        And to be clear I’m not talking about home buttons in general… I’m talking about that stupid physical (should be capacitive at least) home button that is a pain on larger devices since you have to physially press it

        • kwubba

          So I guess all that cost in $$$$ that show up on the 10-Q for R&D are just for the engineers and developers to guess at what the public wants…LOL

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Pretty much. Ask HTC what “asking” the customer what they want got them…. “Thinner phones over bigger batteries” . . . that’s how you ended up with the One X.

        • Austin Warren

          Stop your bitching about a damn button. Seriously.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Keep Scrolling if you don’t care about the button. Life’s too short

  • gnoter

    Are there any improvements over the Note 10.1? I don’t really see any.

  • Chuck Finley

    A $249-$299 price point would make things interesting but for some reason I see Sammy adding at least $100 to that…

  • dhirensavalia

    Wait, was this supposed to be released 2 years ago?

    “SEOUL, Korea [February 24, 2011]”

    • Butters619

      The next big thing was already here?

  • Jeff Broders

    Finally.. Wife has been waiting for a 7 incher for a long time. Note that is..

    • I gave your wife my 7 incher last night.

      • Bionic

        And she was disappointed at your performance.

    • CapnShiner

      You left yourself open for that. You should have rewritten your statement rather than adding a disclaimer at the end. Unless, of course, your wife really has been waiting for a 7 incher, in which case I feel sorry for you. Most women would wait for a 9 incher or more, so if yours is waiting for just 7 inches it does not bode well for you, sir.

  • See no reason to buy this

  • Trevor

    Or you could just stick with your Nexus 7.

    • JetBlue

      Nexus 7 doesn’t have an S-Pen and Multi Window but if you don’t need those features then stick with a N7

      • Big_EZ

        Multi window is a great feature, that alone makes me want this tablet. The only thing I don’t like is the resolution.

        • Dominick_7

          I thought the lessened ppi of the Note 2 compared to the Note 1 was going to really suck, but they have other aspects upgraded around that that make it an actually even better screen in many respects.

          • Big_EZ

            Yeah the resolution of the Note 2 is fine (1080p would be better) but with the 8″ screen I’d definitely want better. For devices smaller than 5″ it’s the perfect resolution.

          • Dominick_7

            I hear you. If the Note 2 and Note 8 had 1080p, LCD even (which I hear is going in the S4) like the Droid DNA I think they would be practically perfect devices given current tech standards. There would be no reason to get a DNA in that case if that was the only thing considered. Even without 1080p though the Note 8 looks like an awesome device to get for drawing and painting especially.

  • JetBlue

    Should of went with on screen buttons….

    • Tim242

      *should’ve – a contraction for the combined words of should and have. Of is in now way associated with it.

      • JetBlue

        It’s the internet if you can’t figure out what I said then either ask or move on.

        • Tim242

          It’s 2nd grade grammar. This is worse than the misuse of your and you’re.

          • michael arazan

            Maybe he wrote it using his phone, hard to use your keyboard on stock browser with disqus sometimes and maybe the predictive text messed up. Happens to the best of us at times

          • Tim242

            Using “should of” instead of should’ve has become more common than the misuse of you’re and your. I have used many phone keyboards and have never made that mistake. Predictive text will never make that mistake either. Those are just excuses

          • Big_EZ

            Disqus sucks on any browser on a phone. I use dolphin and it’s horrible in both desktop and mobile user agents.

          • flosserelli

            People read & post comments for entertainment, not grammar lessons. Get a life.

        • CapnShiner

          That is no excuse for poor grammar. You’re just being lazy. Poor grammar is no more acceptable on the internet than in a college essay. People just use the internet as an excuse to be lazy, ignorant, and stupid. Asking people to accept errors is like asking people to excuse you for being an idiot. If you want to accept that you’re not intelligent, then ok. If not, start using proper English.

  • Too… much….screen…. must …. make …ears…bigger

    • it’s a tablet, not a phone, put your ears in your ass.

      • Jonbo298

        It’s highly odd they decided to keep the earpiece. It just looks like an even fatter Note 2.

      • Geoff

        It is a phone if you buy the international version.

      • You mad bro?