The iPad Mini rival: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 launched
February 24, 2013, 5:57 pm
Samsung has announced the launch of its new, mid-size 8-inch tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0.
It's an S Pen enabled tablet that features an 8-inch WXGA TFT screen with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
Running Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean), the Galaxy Note 8.0 sports a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 has 2GB RAM.
It will come in two variants - 16GB and 32GB. Its memory is expandable up to 64 GB using a microSD card.
It's not the first time Samsung has made a tablet that's in the Mini's size range: it's very first iPad competitor had a 7-inch screen, and it still makes a tablet of that size, but without a pen.
It includes various S Pen optimised features including Air View, Popup Note, Popup Video, Shape Match, Formula Match and Idea Sketch.
The Note 8.0 fills a gap in Samsung's line-up of pen-equipped devices between the Galaxy Note II smartphone, with its 5.5-inch screen, and the Galaxy Note 10.1, a full-size tablet.
It will come packed with a 4,600mAh Li-ion battery. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available worldwide from the second quarter of 2013.
Samsung will start selling the new tablet in the April to June period, at an as yet undetermined price. It made the announcement ahead of Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry's annual trade show, which starts Monday in Barcelona, Spain.
According to Samsung, for the very first time in the Galaxy Note category, you can use S Pen to control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with WACOM technology.