The folks at Samsung have taken it upon themselves to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The tablet is a continuation of the original tablet side of this line which started with a 10 inch variant. It’s quite the perfect intermediate device to go between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 — a phone — and the aforementioned larger slate. So what, exactly, can we expect from this bad boy?
It obviously has an 8 inch 1280×800 Wacom-enabled display that can take input from Samsung’s S Pen, a 1.6GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, between 16 and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion up to 64GB, a 5 megapixel camera sensor on the rear accompanied by a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front, a 4,600mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz, and more.
The usual Samsung bits will be injected, including multi-view for using two different apps at once, Samsung’s AllShare media software, Samsung’s various hubs for entertainment and education, and more. The S Pen will enable the use of AirView, a technology that allows you to hover the pen over the display to get a quick preview of what’s inside certain menu items, list items, notifications, or galleries. S Note, S Planner, Paper Artist, Page Buddy and more all round out the experience.
It’s not the most groundbreaking release by now, but Samsung’s Note strategy has been working quite nicely since 2012 and this new 8-inch variant will only help by giving users a more portable option over the 10-inch slate. The device is expected to launch starting Q2 in Europe, Korea, North America, China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, and Latin America, and there will be a cellular model available.
Samsung also announced Samsung HomeSync, the Android-powered media box that has an insane 1TB of storage. HomeSync comes with Jelly Bean and can handle mostly all of your media playback needs with ease. The box is DLNA-compliant and compatible with Samsung’s AllShare media streaming feature on the company’s phones and tablets.
The hardware features a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI 1.4, 8GB of flash memory (for OS and apps), an ethernet jack and more. Users will be able to control HomeSync using wireless controls on their phones and tablets, too. It’s not Google TV, but it is rather significant as it’s the first sign of Android wanting to enable televisions — even those not under its banner — with smart TV functionality. Read on for full press details.
INTRODUCING THE GALAXY NOTE 8.0,
A NEW ERA OF PORTABILITY AND EVERYDAY PRODUCTIVITY
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
“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
For further information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com.
For ChatOn Vr 2.0, please visit http://youtu.be/jjRmbglgUWA
Notes to Editors
The GALAXY Note 8.0 will be available from 2Q of 2013 worldwide (EUR, KOR, NA, SEA, SWA, MEA, CHN,
GALAXY Note 8.0 Product Specifications
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor
8” WXGA (1280×800, 189 ppi) TFT
Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean)
Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera
Sub(Front): 1.3 Megapixel Camera
S Pen Optimized
Content Features &
Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX, (1080p Full HD video @
Codec: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3, FLAC3.5mm Ear Jack,
S Pen Experience
– S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration
– Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist
Popup Note, Popup Video
Shape Match, Formula Match, Idea Sketch
Samsung AllShare Play
Samsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension
Samsung AllShare Framework
Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
– Game Hub
-Learning Hub / Readers Hub / Music Hub / Video Hub/ Media Hub(US
Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service (version 2.0)
Smart Stay, Direct Call
Page Buddy/ Tag Buddy/ Word Buddy
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads
A-GPS + GLONASS (3G Version)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0,
Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
2GB (RAM), 16/32GB
microSD (up to 64GB)
210.8 X 135.9mm, 338g (3G Version)
Standard battery, Li-ion 4,600mAh
*The availability of voice call function may differ by country
*The availability of each Samsung Hubs and Google service may differ by country.
*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the
benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or
*Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books,
Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, and Google Downloads are trademarks
of Google Inc.
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.
Samsung HomeSync creates connected media experience for the whole family
Provides home cloud for storing, sharing and streaming content
across multiple devices
Barcelona, February 24, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced Samsung HomeSync, a home hub solution that a shared storage fit for a family, the best entertainment experience on a big screen TV, and a new way of enjoying your HDTV through a familiar and smarter Android user experience.
Shared Storage for a Family
HomeSync’s 1TB drive can help you sync to multiple devices, providing shared or private storage for all your content. It supports eight separate accounts to cover a whole family, and allows each user to upload and download content from multiple devices and instantly share with other family members. File encryption and user-specific ID and password ensure content in a user’s private area remains separate from the shared area in HomeSync.
Entertainment on a Big Screen
The HomeSync brings the best of Android gaming, movies, TV shows and streaming content direct into your living room. It allows you to stream content from your Galaxy device wirelessly to the TV – letting you watch, see and use all your home videos, photos and apps, and all at a full HD 1080p.
Giving any HDTV new Smarts
Users can enjoy the full and familiar Android experience with HomeSync’s Jelly Bean media player and access to Play Store and all of your apps. HomeSync also enables new ways to interact with your content via the control modes enabled wirelessly on the phone.
HomeSync will be available from April 2013 in select countries and continue to expand globally.
CPU 1.7GHz Dual Core
Memory 1GB DDR3 + 8GB eMMC + 1TB HDD
Connectivity LAN Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz & a/n 5GHz HT40 2×2 MIMO Channel Bonding
Interface USB 3.0 External USB I/F Connection (x2)
Micro USB PC Connection 11pin mUSB (x1)
HDMI out Support (HDMI1.4)
Optical Audio Audio Amp. Connection
Codec Video H.264, H.263, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, WMV7/8, MP43, VP8, DivX
Audio MP3, AAC LC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA 9std/10pro/Lossless, FLAC, Vorbis, AMR-NB/WB, Wav, Mid, AC-3
DRM HDCP 1.3/2.1, Playready, Widevide, Trustzone
*All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
*Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, and Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.
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.