MWC 2013: Samsung blinks first as the Galaxy Note 8.0 breaks cover

MWC 2013: Samsung blinks first as the Galaxy Note 8.0 breaks coverMobile World Congress 2013 only officially kicks off tomorrow, but as per usual there's already been plenty of action over the weekend as the world's mobile superpowers battle for an early share of the spotlight.

First up is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, the latest attempt by the smartphone market leader at translating some of that success to the tablet market.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 has been widely leaked over the past few weeks, and just days ago we reported the claim that the leaked mockup image that's been doing the rounds is “way off” the final design.

Well maybe we're smoking the wrong stuff, but the final design looks pretty much identical to the mockup, with a generous bezel around the 8in display that's substantial without quite being chunky. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is slender, however, a full 25% thinner than the Galaxy Note 10.1 (though being a generation on, and having a smaller display, that's hardly an earth-shattering claim).

The display itself is a 1,280 x 800 TFT, while on the inside there's a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage plus a microSDXC slot. Not bad.

Being a “Note” product, there's an S-Pen stylus included plus a suite of apps for getting the most out of it.

Two more significant points to be aware of: first, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a massive 4,600mAh of battery juice, and second, it's launching first in 3G form, with a Wi-Fi-only variant coming later – if anything it's normally the other way around.

Interestingly, Samsung's phone app is pre-installed to take advantage of the HSPA+21 support. That's right – the Galaxy Note 8.0 is in fact that ultimate “phablet”.

Samsung is making a big deal of the various software and services that are debuting with the Galaxy Note 8.0, and is pushing the stylus-equipped slate as being an ideal business tool as well as a consumer-friendly device.

The ability to run multiple apps in different windows on screen is one such utility, as is the inclusion of Samsung's SAFE security measures.

There's also Reader's Mode, which mimics your favourite eReader by tweaking the screen brightness and contrast to make the Galaxy Note 8.0 more suited to reading plain text, reducing battery consumption in the process.

It all adds up to a highly versatile product that seems very much a positive compromise between the full-size Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note II phablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be landing sometime in Q2 with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on board.

There's no indication yet on price, but considering the most popular Android tablets recently have also been significantly cheap, it'll be interesting to see how much of a premium Samsung thinks the Galaxy Note 8.0's versatility is worth.

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 24, 2013 at 19:34

It looks...cheap.

Wass  Feb. 24, 2013 at 20:53

Agree the plastic look does give it cheap look and feel. But I think Sammy could be on to the winner as it's very practical for a lot of business people. If you look at the features such as multiple-apps open in different windows, S-Pen, SAFE these will appeal to alot of people IMO.
Also some people may laugh at the fact you can make phone calls from Note 8 but again it will appeal to alot of businesses who have remote workers who are out an about.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 24, 2013 at 21:22

Agree the plastic look does give it cheap look and feel. But I think Sammy could be on to the winner as it's very practical for a lot of business people. If you look at the features such as multiple-apps open in different windows, S-Pen, SAFE these will appeal to alot of people IMO.
Also some people may laugh at the fact you can make phone calls from Note 8 but again it will appeal to alot of businesses who have remote workers who are out an about.


Well, the very first Galaxy tab let you make phone calls... that sold really well - only: NOT. And that was a few hundred million iPads ago.
But granted: right price, and the added stuff might make this a tad more appealing than your average 7-incher.

That aside: the design is baah; doesn't bode well for what else Samsung will come up with this year.

Stelph  Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:14

Annoying they didnt announce the price, I would imagine since the specs aren't "new" that it aiming directly for the iPad mini and if they could get it in for under £299 I think theyd be on for a winner here

socialjeebus  Feb. 25, 2013 at 13:25

Get ready for 2013's Samsung Tablet parade folks.

It's Samsung Mobile (and Samsung Electronics) big focus this year (that and driving down the costs of SSDs- far better choice imo).

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