Introduction and Specifications
The Galaxy Note 8.0 was first introduced at Mobile World Congress as a multifaceted device; it was part tablet, part mobile phone. Indeed, the global variant of the Note 8.0 is equipped with a cellular radio that can handle both data and voice transmissions. But the Note 8.0 that shipped in the U.S. market is a simpler device, because there's no voice capability--it's just a tablet. Well, "just" is a complicated term in this case. You see, the Note 8.0 is one of the only 8-inch tablets on the market. It's positioned between a glut of 7-inch tablets (including a few from Samsung itself), and a raft of 10-inch tablets.
|Exynos 4412 (1.6GHz; quad-core)
Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
8-inch Touch-Enabled Display with 1280 x 800 resolution
16GB Flash Memory (microSD expansion slot is available as well)
1.3MP front camera; 5MP rear camera
Stereo Speakers, microphone / headphone combo jack
802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
micro-USB, USB 2.0, MicroSD, headphone/mic, dock connector
8.3" X 5.35" x 0.31"
Samsung Traditional UI; Widgets; TouchWiz; Smart Unlock; Accelerometer
If you aren't familiar with the Note line, it's Samsung's way of advancing the tablet. Due to the inclusion of the S Pen (a sophisticated stylus) as well as a unique mix of TouchWiz applications atop Android, the Note line can do more than your average slate. Samsung's proposal here is a unique set of software components, as well as a uniquely sized device. But are those extras worth the $400 asking price, particularly in a world full of 7-inch tablets that perform quite admirably available for under half of that? Join us as we find out...