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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Arrives in the U.S. April 11 for $399

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Samsung announced this morning that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will arrive in the U.S. this week, on April 11 for $399. This is the WiFi-only version with 16GB and will be available online and in stores at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, h.h. gregg, Newegg, Staples and TigerDirect.

Originally announced at MWC back in February, the Note 8.0 covers the middle ground of Samsung’s Note line, with a screen size sandwiched between the Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note 2. The device sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8″ (1280×800) display, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage (plus microSD slot), 4600mAh battery, and runs Android 4.1.2. It also comes equipped with Samsung’s now-famed S Pen and a suite of apps that can take advantage of it like Air View, Multi Window, and Awesome Note.

As a bonus, users will be awarded 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years with purchase. A limited number of early adopters will also receive a $25 Google Play gift card.

At $399, it’s not priced insanely high by any standards, so it should fill a nice niche that is currently only taken up by the iPad Mini. Or I’m also out of my mind.

Samsung Brings Power and Portability to the U.S. with the Galaxy Note® 8.0 Tablet 

In stores April 11, the Galaxy Note 8.0 delivers an unparalleled tablet experience for work and play 

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – April 9, 2013 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announces that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the U.S. market on April 11. Unveiled globally at Mobile World Congress in February, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in stores and online at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com.

A mid-sized addition to the Galaxy Note family of products, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to enable multi-tasking at home, at work or on the go. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the perfect size for entertainment and productivity, with unrivaled multimedia performance in a compact format. The S Pen has evolved to improve everyday usability with Air View; and Multi Window now supports more apps to perform tasks simultaneously allowing users to do more.

“The Galaxy Note defined an entirely new smartphone category and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet redefined the tablet experience for consumers,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “With the Galaxy Note 8.0, we fully expect to ignite the mid-size tablet market Samsung pioneered with the first Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and packs the power needed for full mobile entertainment and productivity.”

Galaxy Note 8.0 at Play

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be the first product to feature Samsung WatchON, a new search and recommendation service that alleviates the chore of channel surfing and makes finding TV shows and on-demand video content faster and easier. Samsung WatchON simplifies the process of discovering new content to watch by searching across multiple content sources, such as live TV and streaming video-on-demand sources such as Samsung’s Media Hub*, to recommend movies and TV shows. It also provides complementary content including actor bios, reviews and related information.

With the built-in IR blaster, the Galaxy Note 8.0 acts as a powerful universal remote, eliminating the need for multiple remotes to control the TV viewing experience. Users can browse for content then change the channel on the TV or cable box directly from the search window.

For entertainment on the go, the Galaxy Note 8.0’s screen is great for everything from content viewing to reading. With its dazzling 8-inch WXGA screen, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is perfect for watching HD content, packing 1280 by 800 pixels. The Galaxy Note 8.0 also has Reading Mode, which adjusts color and brightness to an optimal level for reading. It provides the ability to customize fonts and themes so select books, magazines, documents and Web pages are easier to read. Combined with Smart Stay, which keeps the screen awake while you are reading, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is customized to ensure the best reading experience.

Galaxy Note 8.0 at Work

The tablet is quickly becoming a primary computing device for employees. The Galaxy Note 8.0 offers multi-tasking and productivity features, making users more efficient at everyday tasks, whether working at the office or on the go:

  • Multi Window: The Galaxy Note 8.0 offers true PC-like multitasking, so you can use two apps side-by-side. Multi-Window now supports 20 apps, including Polaris Office, Google Chrome and Facebook.
  • Air View:  Conveniently preview your content without opening files or folders.  The S Pen held above the screen allows you to preview pictures in the Gallery, open menus on Web sites, and preview a message or an attachment in an email.
  • AllShare® Play: Pass content to the TV or remotely access files on your desktop computer.
  • Polaris Office:  View, create, and edit Microsoft® Office Word® documents, Excel® spreadsheets and PowerPoint® presentations right on your tablet. With the Galaxy Note 8.0, you can add handwritten notes and drawings to your documents.
  • Awesome Note: A note-taking application and to do list manager, Awesome Note enables you to customize folder icons, colors, fonts and backgrounds for quick reference and visual organization.
  • Group Play: Share and collaborate on content, including documents, which allows users to work together.

For those using tablets for work, Samsung offers improved security levels for IT managers and employees. SAFE, or Samsung for Enterprise, is the security standard to provide enterprise- and consumer-friendly devices to businesses and their employees. With SAFE, the Galaxy Note 8.0 supports the needs of IT managers while providing businesses with the functionality needed to enhance productivity.

Powerful Performance

The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a powerful 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB of RAM to ensure optimum performance. Wi-Fi technology with dual-channel bonding offers more efficient connectivity for faster loading of Web pages and video streaming.

With a large, 4,600 mAh battery, the Galaxy Note 8.0 offers long battery life to work and play all day. Beyond the 16GB** of internal memory, the Note 8.0 can handle microSD cards up to 64GB, for a combined possible 80GB of storage. The 5-megapixel camera on the back can shoot 1080p video, and the 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera can handle video chats at 720p resolution.

Preloaded with Content and Services

Buyers will enjoy pre-loaded content and services valued at over $200, including 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years***, 1 month free of unlimited music streaming in Samsung’s Music Hub, Samsung’s Smart Remote, Awesome Note, and more. For a limited time, they will also receive a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Galaxy Note 8.0, when they register their device.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in white for $399.99 MSRP. Accessories will be available beginning mid-April. These include Book Covers in white, grey, pink or green, as well as USB and HDMI adapters, and a travel charger that connect via the device’s microUSB port.

For multimedia content and more information, please visit www.samsung.com/us/note8.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology.  A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s fastest growing home appliance brand. To discover more of the award-winning products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com.

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 of US$187.8 billion.

  • I sort of want one for some stupid reason…

  • N8shon

    The price=fail argument doesn’t hold water. I own a Nexus 7, and a Note 2. Over the past two weeks, I have a spent a week each with the Note 10.1, and then the Nexus 10. Among other things, the Note S-Pen functionality, and multiwindow capability is what turns a tablet from a media consumption device, into a productivity device FOR ME PERSONALLY. I use the S-Pen and it’s associated apps consistently on my Note 2, and I like being able to have the same S-Pen input on a tablet. When I had the Nexus 10, it just felt like a nicer, more expensive version on my Nexus 7, another media device. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I am looking for a good productivity medium between my Note 2, and my laptop. The Note 8.0 may be that device. I’ll be buying one in a couple days to give that a shot as well and if I like it, I’ll be selling my Nexus 7. Don’t be so quick to discount a product’s price, just because you may not be a part of the target market. “Note” products fill a market niche. If you are not a part of that niche, you will no doubt fail to see the worth in spending more to exist in that space.

    • You sold me on your argument sir. You’re right. The price isn’t fail at all. Everyone else is so wrong. I mean the tablet does come with a glorified stylus and all. Oh, and multi-window. That is totally worth the extra $200 dollars!

      The market niche that Samsung is targeting with this device must be the gullible sucker audience….

  • Ted Jobson

    I have a Nexus 7 and like it a lot but I really wanted the 8 inch form factor on Android but the price is way out of wack. I was expecting something like $249-$299. A Wi-fi only tablet MUST have built-in GPS or I will not consider it. Bummer….have to wait and see what else comes out over the next few months.

    • N8shon

      It does have GPS capability, not sure where you read that it didn’t.

  • gfacekilla01

    Not for 400 bucks. 300 bucks maybe. And if this proposed microSD card adapter plays out, my Nexus 7 may just live a little longer

  • ceejw

    This hardware looks absolutely terrible compared to Samsung’s 14 month old Galaxy Tab 7.7

    • N8shon

      That’s an apples to oranges comparison. Screens using the Wacom digitizer are far more expensive hardware. The Tab 3’s are right around the corner if you are looking for a tablet without S-Pen input.

  • Real Talk

    Compared to the Nexus 7, this has S-Pen functionality, SD card expansion, and a better screen size (and a chunk of it isn’t wasted on software buttons that should have gone in the massive bezel like on the Nexus). However, at twice the price? Are they kidding? Nobody is going to spend $400 on a tablet this size that isn’t an Apple product. Way to be greedy, Samsung.

  • Austin Warren

    Or buy a nexus 10 with no microSD. Hopefully they do that with the 2nd generation.

    • florious80

      Google has the official stance that no nexus will have microSD in the future. If they do, i’ll be the first in line for one. 🙂

      • Austin Warren

        Well that’s sad. I love my Nexus 10 but I’ll need something new if I can’t add more storage.

        • florious80

          Agreed. I think someone technical may be able to provide some reasoning behind going SD-less. I recall someone from google stating that but I didn’t quite understand his reasoning. I think most people (and I as well) believe that this is just to force everyone to use online services like Google Drive and Movies/Books, etc.

          • There were many reasons, most all of them to help with the confusion of consumers. SD cards are less reliable, people may buy ones that are too slow and app/camera performance will suffer..people will blame the device, not the card. It also makes managing the filesystem easier to not have it.

            It also reduces a point of failure. My SD card started a slow death a few months back and it was very annoying having pictures disappear, or corrupt, with the device randomly reporting I had removed it. If that happened to my wife per say she would had blamed the phone long before she even thought to blame a defective SD card.

            I really dont care if a device has it or not at this point. BUT I don’t understand releasing a device without one…and then having the maximum option of 16GB like the N4. I pulled out my ancient iPhone 3GS the other day and laughed looking at how even it was a 32GB unit.

            Cloud storage simply cannot replace on device storage in a world of tiered data or flaky coverage.

  • Butters619

    I know we all rag on Samsung’s buttons, but seriously those are idiotic. What happens when I rotate into landscape?

    And they could have at least strapped a full HD display in there.

    • Austin Warren

      So using landscape makes you not able to use a button?

      • lol. i’m not a huge fan of the physical button either, but it’s kind of nice to have sometimes. it’s just fine on my old touchpad, and nobody complains about it there. of course, all roms have the regular software buttons too

      • Butters619

        Well there are also 2 capacitive buttons that are right where my hand will be sitting. Those are actually more of a problem than the physical home button.

        • N8shon

          Their use on the Note 8.0 is no more of a “problem” then their use on the Note 2.

          • Butters619

            I know the Note 2 is big, but size is nowhere near the same. And I am far more likely to turn a tablet landscape than a phone.

          • N8shon

            My same statement still holds true.

          • Butters619

            No it doesn’t. Not at all. With a larger and bigger device (Note 8) you are going to hold on to more bezel, so it will be more of a problem. Also, with the tablet you are more likely to turn it in the direction where the buttons are on the side (landscape), so again more of a problem.

          • N8shon

            Again. Not true. You are making so many assumptions with your statements. Many people including myself use their Note 2 devices just as much in landscape as they do in portrait. I just watched Game of Thrones last night with headphones on my Note 2, in landscape mode. On the other side of that argument, there are countless people who use their Nexus 7’s in portrait model almost exclusively. Bottom line, neither of us know how people that buy the Note 8.0 plan to use it. Their particular use case may be completely different than yours. For me personally, it will be no more difficult to use this device than it is using my Note 2. For you, that may be different–and it that’s the case, don’t buy it.

  • DigitalEnforcer

    Tooooo Expensive. Wow, I was going to get this if it was around the $250 range. Now I’ll just wait until the Nexus 7-2 comes out.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      CAN’T WAIT!…. NEXUS 72!

    • Austin Warren

      Nexus 7S*

  • theverge already ripped it apart. Next gen devices are on the horizon and you could get a Nexus 10 for this price.

  • Mat Murdock

    Price = Fail

    • Joey

      Not every tablet can be the Nexus 7.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        This even cost more than it’s actual competition…. the iPad mini.

        • Joey

          Well if you’re trying to be the new apple…charge a premium. 🙂

        • also, the ipad mini sucks, doesn’t it?

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I’d buy one if it came with a better resolution display.

          • ERIC REED

            I sold my mini and kept my third generation iPad. I loved the size but never could get use to the plastic feeling of the screen.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            That screen feels TERRIBLE!

          • steve0617

            I own one. The processor is slow and the display is not as good as other tablets. But it’s the perfect size/weight for me. And although lots of Android tablet apps are good (I had and sold a Xoom), the iPad’s tablet specific apps that I use are still better looking. Wish that wasn’t the case, but for now, it’s still true for me.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I feel you on everything…. Just toss a better (retina) display on the mini and slight bump to the proc and it’ll be perfect.

          • steve0617

            That’s kind of where I’m at. Make it an iPad 4 mini and I think it would be perfect for my needs. Although I am still interested in the Nexus that’s getting announced soon.

          • Butters619

            The bezel on the mini is too small IMO. My girlfriend’s mother owns one and I just can’t comfortable hold it. Also, it’s almost too thin.

          • Papi

            The ipad have the touch thumb technology in it. You can hold your thumb anywhere on the screen to get a nice grip and still be able to use the display swiping as normal

          • Butters619

            Yeah but then I feel my hand is in the way. I’m not saying it’s not a pretty device. And I actually own a retina iPad. I just don’t like the combination of the super small bezel and super thin size. It doesn’t feel good in my hand. I love the way the Nexus 7 feels. Slightly wider, some bezel, and a nice tacky rear surface.

          • michael arazan

            The ipad 2 is equal in price, bigger, with better specs than the ipad mini. You’d be an idiot to buy a mini.

            This Samsung tablet would be great with the price if it came with the phone like it’s foreign versions. Stupid that carriers have the power to tell customers and manufacturer’s what can and can’t be sold in the U.S..

    • I don’t know why anyone would buy this for $399 when they could just buy a Nexus 10 for the same price….

      Total fail.

      • Austin Warren

        This obviously isn’t meant to compete with the Nexus 10.

        • Alright, how about we compare it to the Nexus 7 then? It’s fair to compare the Note 8 to the Nexus 7. That is indeed the Note 8’s competition in that field being that they are very similar tablets and those are options a consumer would weigh when going to buy something in the smaller tablet department.

          What would I buy…a Note 8 for $399 or a Nexus 7 for $199? Obviously there is a clear choice. Nexus 7. Which emphasizes the main point of our friend’s post here : the price for the Note 8 is fail.

          • Austin Warren

            You’re talking about a 8in tablet with a style and micro sd compared to a 7in tablet with no micros d and no stylus.

          • Rodeojones000

            I see you’re drinking the Samsung Kool Aid again.

          • Austin Warren

            I see you have nothing better to do. I also own a Nexus 7. So please shut the fuc* up about me being a samsung fanboy. I’m just explaining differences.

          • Rodeojones000

            How’s that saying go…Pot calling the kettle black.

          • Those minor differences doesn’t mean that they aren’t in the same market and that you can’t compare them to each other. A consumer is definitely going to weight both those options against each other and IMO will pick the Nexus 7 because of the price difference, so once again we’re back to the main point that the price for the Note 8 is fail.

            Saying minor screen size difference, having a stylus, and having SD storage separates a Nexus 7 and the Note 8 into two different categories is ridiculous to me.

          • Austin Warren

            Nexus 7 is for android enthusiasts. Note is for people who do note taking, drawing, etc. They are completely different products.

          • Completely different products lol! You’re trying to make it sound like they have no relation at all and like people won’t compare the two when wanting to buy a smaller tablet. I mean, it’s evident by all the postings in here that people are already comparing the two. No matter how you try and sell it what I’m saying is just the plain truth and you’re reaching to make your point. The price is fail and most will buy a Nexus 7 or something similar to it over this overpriced 8in tablet.

          • Muji Samovar

            I can tell you the exact use/consumer case where the two are considered non-competitors.

            For my wife’s birthday (a doctor), one of her gifts was a tablet. I offered her the choice of an N10, an N7, and the as-yet unreleased Note 8.0. Or I’d take her shopping for clothes.

            I was almost sure she’d go for the clothes. I was surprised to hear her say she would prefer the tablet, but “not a mammoth one like yours” (an Asus TF700).

            She was initially interested in the N7, but her eyes lit up when she heard about the stylus and SD card slots. She immediately began rattling off uses in the clinic to annotate photos (she hates typing on soft keyboards, and could circle/highlight certain aspects of a photo), and given the perceived unsecure nature of photo syncing to the cloud, she would want to transfer patient photos and records via SD card. (Yes, I hear you saying you could simply plug the N7 in via USB cable, but this is her speaking, not me).

            So go ahead and believe the Samsung and N7 are direct competitors. For mobile nerds like us, they clearly are (although I openly wonder how great it would be to have multi-tasking apps on my TF700, or a stylus). But for less informed consumers, and for specific professional cases, they are absolutely not competitive in the least.

          • I like your answer Muji but to many they are direct competitors when it’s all said and done. I imagine even Samsung looks at Nexus as a direct competitor in the tablet market. A person might chose one mini tablet over another because of minor hardware differences but they are still in the same market, sold in the same section, and people will compare and chose one based on what they like about it. In no way are they totally different. One can use it for this and another will use it for that but it’s still a mini Android tablet.

    • dvigs

      agreed…Hummmm i can buy this for 399 or keep my nexus 10 for the same price…hummmmm

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        You’re obviously not the market for this if you already have an N10

        • dvigs

          atually i am. i have a nexus 7 also for the size..if this was like 299 i would jump on it..