Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 [VIDEO]

Samsung announced their latest Note just in time for MWC, and we went hands-on with what might be considered the biggest phablet yet. Yes, let’s get it out of the way. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has full phone functionality (the international model, at least).

It’s not just the biggest phone you have ever held to your face, though. This 8-inch slate features a full compliment of S Pen-driven apps and brings the Note experience to a new form factor. More portable than the Note 10.1 and providing more screen real estate than the Note 2, the Note 8.0 hits a sweet spot between form and function.

In terms of hardware and software, the tablet tweaks the hardware of the Galaxy Note 2 and sticks it in a slightly bigger frame. You get the same ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor (though clocked slightly higher at 1.6GHz), 2GB RAM, a 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing shooter, and Android 4.1.2. The Note 8.0 features a a 4,600mAh battery and will ship in 16GB and 32GB storage options. There isn’t much new with the S Pen, but fans of the stylus will be happy to learn that it can now operate the tablet’s capacitive ‘menu’ and ‘back’ buttons.

You don’t get much in the way of an altered software experience, with the Note 8.0 being based on the same version of TouchWiz as the Note 10.1 and Note 2. This means you get such features as AirView, multi-window apps, Smart Stay. A few new apps are packaged within, including Awesome Note (exclusively available on the slate), an updated FlipBoard app with AirView capabilities for quick previewing of articles, and a smart remote suite that pairs with the slate’s built-in IR blaster.

The Note 8.0 will be launching later this year globally. A North American version is planned, though exact details on its release have not been revealed.

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  • Elijah1013

    But will it blend?

  • Layman76

    Sweet! I wonder why they didn’t allow using the stylus on capacitive buttons on the Note II though…

  • Michael Lee

    Wait, is this a phone???

    • simpleas

      You can call it what you want but I’d say it’s a tablet with phone capabilities.

  • wickets

    lame!!! come to showoff product and put 20th century tech out….they can keep their 4.1.2 dinasours :)

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Chris, why do you say that the external SDXC slot only takes “up to 64GB”? It’ll actually take up to 2TB; cards that large just haven’t been released yet. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Spencer-Mead/508355625 John Spencer Mead

      Usually the software (can be hardware too though) limits the amount of external storage it can handle. You may be correct, but i doubt they would design this to be able to read 2TB memory cards, seeing as we’re a long time away from those being readily available to the market

  • NoneyaBitness

    The Note 2 has a 1.6Ghz A9 Quad Core processor too, so the note 8.0 isn’t “clocked slightly higher”. The GS3 is 1.4Ghz, maybe that is what you are thinking off?

  • redspear2

    Chris,

    The original Galaxy Tab (7 in)version was able to make phone calls if you got the AT&T 3G Version and loaded the international firmware which was able to make phone calls on the stock software.

    Also the international Galaxy Note 10.1 is capable of making phone calls if it is enabled. As for the practicality just swap SIM cards when its convenient. Use speaker mode and use BT headset the rest of the time.
    Samsung has made several tablets between 7 and 8.9 in. Verizon carries a Galaxy tab 7.7.