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Galaxy Note 8.0, Samsung’s answer to the Apple’s iPad mini


Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has finally made its official appearance, a few hours after the start of the Mobile World Congress. Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with the same design lines that consumers have already seen in the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 10.1.

The tablet features an 8-inch WXGA display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 189ppi, which can be operated not only at your fingertips but also by means of an enclosed stylus named S Pen. It has an Exynos quad-core 1.6 GHz SoC processor, 2 GB of RAM and a whopping 4600 mAh battery. The tablet comes with two different storage options, 16 GB and 32 GB which is further expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card.

None of the camera seems especially remarkable, though it has 5-megapixel camera on the back side and an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera on the front side. The 7.96mm thick tablet weighs just 340 grams, a little heavier than the iPad mini. Furthermore, the Note 8.0 will be available in two versions, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular connectivity.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is provided with Samsung’s own user interface Touchwiz. In addition, several apps that are designed to take advantage of the improved S Pen. These includes S Note, S Planner, email integration with handwriting, Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note and Paper Artist.

In addition, the tablet will have special features, like the ability to have multiple applications on screen at the same time, a reading mode that optimizes the resolution of the screen when reading an e-book or the option to be used as a remote control.

With Galaxy Note 8.0, Samsung aims to expand its successful Note series. It fits in with the existing portfolio between Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1. Note 8.0 size also reflects it as a competitor to Apple’s iPad mini which also has a nearly 8-inch display.

So far, Samsung has not revealed pricing or a specific launch date of the device yet.

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