Still there are few hours left for the Mobile World Congress getting underway in Barcelona, and already one manufacturer has stepped up the plate with a new device announcement. Samsung has its latest and greatest mid-size tablet, the Galaxy Note 8, an 8-inch tablet under the Note brand already known for its widely popular phablets. The tablet focuses on offering easier and faster than ever note-taking through new software and updated S-Pen technology.
The Galaxy Note 8 is a spectacularly slim tablet, clad in typical white Samsung plastic, measuring 5.3 by 8.3 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and weighing 11.9 ounces. Just like the iPad mini, it's a little too wide to hold comfortably in one hand, which is especially comical here because the international version of the Galaxy Note 8 will be usable as a phone. Yes, you can hold it up to your head, in theory, although that's really silly.
Bigger than the Galaxy Note II, but smaller than a Galaxy Note 10.1, The Galaxy Note 8 is looking to find that special middle ground that devices like the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 have been dominating since the end of last year. It succeeds the Galaxy Tab 27.0, a 7-inch tablet Samsung released back in April, and does so with not only a bigger screen, but with more powerful software and hardware to match the experience.
The Galaxy Note 8 features a 8-inch WXGA display with a resolution of 1280×800, marking a departure from the Super AMOLED displays on the Galaxy Note II. Besides the display there is a 1.6GHZ quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for added space,) and Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean.) The device also includes a 1.3-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear camera, as well as HSPA+ connectivity with your favorite GSM carrier.
Samsung is also bragging that the Galaxy Note 8 will also be featuring new S-Pen technology to allow you to more easily write and track notes, as well as interact with your device through the S-Pen. To top it off, Samsung is also throwing in a powerful notes application called Awesome Note, and the multi-window mode seen in the Galaxy Note II, allowing you to view two applications simultaneously.
The Galaxy Note 8 has yet to get a price tag by Samsung, but if it is expected that it will take on the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini, a good guess would be somewhere between $300 and $500 for this tablet. With plenty of new and powerful hardware, as well as multi-window mode, The Galaxy Note 8 is a great taste of what’s to come for MWC.