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Video: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Unboxing

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Samsung’s newest addition to the Galaxy family arrived at our doorstep this morning, so what better way to introduce you than with an unboxing. The Galaxy Note 8.0 features an 8″ WXGA 1280 x 800 LCD display, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, a 5MP back-facing camera, and a 4,600 mAh battery.

The deal breaker, at least in my eyes, is that the U.S. variant of this device does not come will cell radios inside. So no, this is not a massively over-sized phone. Maybe I am the only one who is disappointed by this. The device is already on sale here in America and can be picked up for $399.

Catch the full hands-on unboxing below. 

  • 8-inch Display is right for me. I love to read eBooks everyday before sleep and jot down everything that come across my mind.
    So, I wanted something more portable than the Note 10.1 and this seemed to solve my problem. I love it.


  • Dominick_7

    Only the european version has a phone in it as he said in the unboxing.

  • LLcdPH

    Deal breaker for me are physical buttons. I too am hoping for nice refresh on the Nexus 7. Is a Nexus 8 to much to ask for?

  • von flue choke

    If it took sim cards like the european model I would buy it day one.

  • Sporttster

    One thing I hate immensely about Sammy tabs are they take FOREVER to charge. It’s so ridiculously long I’m considering getting rid of my GT 8.9 just because of that one factor. All day to charge a tablet is ridiculous!

    • Dude, are you charging it in a USB port in a computer? That’s the only reason I could think of for a tablet to take all day to charge, and that will happen with any tablet. B If you’re using the charging brick in a wall outlet, it should only take a few hours at most.

  • chilltech

    I’ve heard before that it’s not worth getting an android tablet, because there are very few apps that are meant for the tablet yet and users have a hard time finding them. Is this still true or has this changed?

  • I think they (like the nexus 7) do that on purpose because it’s so big, if it had small bezels you’d always be touching the screen accidentally when holding it.

  • My girlfriend and I played with this thing for quite some time at Best Buy. I’m sure people were annoyed we were hogging it.

    Size is perfect for portability and usability. Easy to palm in one hand and write with other!
    Screen resolution is fine the small screen size.
    Wacom pen works just like any wacom pen I’ve used on my convertible tablet PCs.
    Seemed Snappy.

    Build quality is horrendous! I have a Lumia 920 so plastic doesn’t bother me.
    The packaging and assembly is awful. Soft, malleable sections all over the device.. and especially the worst spot, the screen! I just noticed it when we were done using it. I had been using the S-pen the whole time but at the very end I just tapped an icon with my finger and caught a glimpse of screen ripple.. I was like wtf? The screen on it is super flimsy. Is this Gorilla Glass 2 or something else? Maybe not a wise choice to go with such a flimsy screen on a touch device. I was barely pushing and an LCD ripple would form around my finger anywhere I touched on the screen. Just to make sure I wasn’t being crazy I asked my gf to test it and she confirmed and thought it sucked. They had a Note 10.1 next to it and the screen was solid. No ripples. Same as the Tab 7 and every other tablet in the area, solid screens.

    Such a disappointment cause I wanted a lower cost, portable, pen enabled device for working on the go. I was waiting for this and wanted to like it, despite the overpricing (it’s definitely not worth $400 USD). I went home, sacrificed portability slightly and ended up purchasing a more expensive Latitude 10. Will probably get the 2nd gen N7 or X-Tablet whenever they’re released instead.

    • Dominick_7

      I went through 7 or 8 Droid Xs before I found one without problems. Same with the Note 2. Think it’s likely a problem with assembly quality control or problems via shipping and packaging from the service providers or otherwise. I haven’t heard this complaint about it till you posted this.

  • Feed Jake

    I love my Tab 8.9. I think I’m the only one who owns one though. When I heard the note was coming out in 8 inches I was psyched. Then I saw it…BEZEL!!!!

  • Juvenall

    I’m loving the crap out of mine at the moment and it’s easily replaced my Nexus 7 as a daily driver. Combine that with my crumbling faith in the Nexus brand (poor launches, missing accessories), I’m a kid in a candy store with this.

    My only real complaint at the moment is that there doesn’t seem to be much developer involvement yet. We have a root method, but no recovery or Roms (I can’t get Paranoid Android on this fast enough). As such, I assume, XDA has yet to give the device a forum yet. I really hope that chances soon as I’m rather confident TouchWiz is going to give me cancer.

  • holy lag, batman.

  • Kernschatten

    Waiting for it to come out in black.

  • Wazzifer

    I really dig the new tip of the new S Pen, wonder if it is more comfortable and accurate than the S Pen I have with my GN 10.1.

  • jamie stevens

    no ear piece?

  • jnt

    If it’s on 4.1.2, then what was the software update?

    • Wazzifer

      Stability improvement? Bug fixes? Could be anything.

  • ha nice Superman joke……..

    • Bionic

      Someone got the joke Yay

  • real talk

    The nexus 7 has more bezel, guys. This should not cost so much. Device will flop. Why charge more than what an overpriced iPad mini costs?

    • Juvenall

      For starters, the iPad Mini doesn’t have the S Pen. Among the tablets I’ve used, the ability to take notes has never never been something I’ve been impressed with. The Note 2 is too small for me, and the 10.1 is far too large. The 7-8 inch range is just right. For someone who spends a solid portion of their day in meetings like me, that alone is worth the extra $100 over the Mini (or $75 if you count the included $25 Google Play credit it comes with).

      Against the likes of say, the Nexus 7 (which is what the Note 8 is replacing as my daily driver), the form factor is a big one. The thickness doesn’t seem like much on paper, but in practice, it’s fantastic. For me, it simply feels better in my hand than the rather chunky N7.

      The size of the screen is great, too. Coming from the 7 (and a Xoom, a Nook Color, an iPad, a Asus Transformer, etc) 8 inches really does strike a good balance between.

      All that said, to claim the device will flop ignores the strategy Samsung is taking. If you pit this single device against another, yes, it won’t likely sell as many, but that’s their plan. They’re trying to provide an option to every niche on what can only be a market saturation attempt. So it’s not about selling more units than another, it’s about getting a Samsung branded device into every hand possible by providing a device for as many needs as possible.

    • Ken

      While I agree that the Note 8 is a little overpriced, I don’t think it’s as much of a ripoff as people make it out to be. I’d say $350 is a fair price and I’ll probably pick one up at that price when a sale/price drop comes around. You can’t compare it to a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. The screen technology just isn’t the same. There’s a reason you can’t just use an S-Pen on a Nexus 7 and call it a day. The dual digitizer in the screen isn’t cheap, but it also isn’t meant for everyone. This is a NICHE PRODUCT and I don’t think Samsung expects to sell as many of these. Expect the Galaxy Tab 8.0 to be much more popular and competitively priced.

  • JoeJ

    why doesn’t it have a 1080p display?

    • They needed to keep the price down.

      • JoeJ

        Likely a deal breaker for me. I have been eyeing tablets lately but going from an 5 inch FHD phone to lower res 8 inch tablet seems not worth it.

        • digitalicecream

          The folks I know that own one have raved about the display quality. Have you seen one yourself?

  • gabravo2005

    I will wait to see what Google does with the new version of Nexus 7 before finally replacing my Xoom…..

    • gabravo2005

      Also, no 802.11ac, no thanks…..

      • JetBlue

        Don’t downvote me to death but how much of a difference is the 802.11ac compared to what most people are using now a days?

        • Kane Stapler

          ‘n’ can get around 300mb/s, while ac could get up to 1000mb/s

        • Doug Wing

          ac is designed for mobile applications. The data channel is twice as large as n. Netgear is touting 3x the speed of n for their first generation ac router.

          • michael arazan

            I would love a Tablet with a dedicated phone for carriers, since text and emails are more common than phone calls. Plus I like to watch video media from all sites, and movies and like big screens. Then I don’t need a phone and a tablet

        • digitalicecream

          AC is significantly better than N, however like all things you need to upgrade your router, as well as all NIC’s and devices. It’s a significant upgrade with significant investment costs. The routers are in the neighborhood of $180, and cards for pc’s are up in the $80 mark. But if you live in an area where connectiivity is a must and you want to be in your yard at full speed, AC will be one of the best options.

          All of that, and you will still be throttled by your ISP (or whichever ISP you connect to on wifi, because we are talking wifi here).

    • I sold my Xoom even though I was still under contract to Verizon in order to finance my Nexus 10. Going from a 4G-enabled tablet to a WiFi-only tablet ended up being so annyoing for me that I ended up buying another 4G Xoom (found a great deal on eBay). Enabling and disabling the WiFi hotspot feature on my phone when I was out got really annoying because I’d always forget about it, check my phone 2 hours later and have an almost dead battery. Since I got the Xoom back, my Nexus 10 has never left the house. haha The Xoom only costs me $10/mo to have on my VZW Share Everything plan so it’s worth it to have a good data connection anywhere I go without having to destroy my phone’s battery life. haha

  • Austin Warren

    I thought they were closing down YouTube.

  • Rodeojones000

    Wow. What a hideous looking device. And that’s not even including the TouchWiz I assume it is running.

  • Austin Warren

    Not in the market for a tablet. Looks like a beast though.

    • Bionic

      im sure it performs well but its too expensive. The 2nd Generation Nexus 7 will probably out-perform it and be a lot less money.

  • A WiFi hotspot called Government Access Point? That’s almost as good as Bill Wi the Science Fi. haha

    • ImmaDroid

      I like the “Pretty Fly for a WiFi” better!

      • That made my day! LMAO!

    • JetBlue

      Marijuana Grow House was also my favorite

  • Bionic

    @Tim-o-tato, can i do the unboxing video of the x phone?

  • Eric Soriano

    If only it was $50-75 less!

    • Ken

      I agree. I’d say $350 would be perfect. I’ve got $38 in eBay bucks and Newegg has a Buy it now for $399…so tempting

      • digitalicecream

        I bookmarked it on camelegg. When it hits $299 I’m going to consider it.

  • XphoneTroll

    I was at best buy the other day messing with this and I must say I was impressed …

  • Thomas

    I picked this device up on launch day & absolutely love it. If you are a Note 2 fanboy/cult member this is the tablet for you.

    • Are the S-Pens the same in each… same size, swappable, etc? I have the Note 2, which is Awesome btw

      • Thomas

        Yes Sir.