Samsung has officially announced its 8-inch display clad Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet for India, soon after it was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week. The Note 8 in India is being sold as Note 510 and not as N5100 as was announced during at the MWC. Though company has said that price will be announced by mid March and will hit store shelves only by end of March or early April. The price is expected to be close to Rs 25,000 or less.
Galaxy Note 8.0 arrives with the S-Pen stylus and several features specially crafted to support it. Featuring a 720p HD display, the Galaxy Note 8.0 joins the club with Note, Note II and Note 10.1 tablets – all with voice calling facility. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a subtle take to compete with Apple iPad Mini tablet coming in similar form factor.
The new slim Galaxy Note 8.0 arrives with an 8-inch TFT LCD display supporting native 1280×800 pixel resolution. So the tablet is HD ready and will let you enjoy the high quality multimedia on it. The S-Pen has been embedded on the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. When the S-Pen is pulled out, the tablet automatically detects the stylus and actives the S-Pen supporting menus as well as apps.
Samsung has gone a step ahead on S-Pen with the new Air View where in the user can simply hover the stylus in front of the screen to see previews of different apps. There are several applications such as S Planner, Awesome Notes, Page Notes and multiple apps specially optimised to be used with the S-Pen.
Under the slim chassis, the Galaxy Note 8.0 integrates a quad-core 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 based mobile processor with 2 GB RAM. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will come in 16 GB and 32 GB models – both with a memory card slot supporting up to 64 GB micro SD card. Samsung will offer this tablet in WiFi Only and WiFi+3G model options.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 5 megapixel camera at the back with LED flash to click high quality images and also record HD videos. There is also a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chatting and self-portrait images.
Samsung has added a dual-band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n) support to have 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands compatibility on this tablet. Also there is WiFi Direct feature to connect the device with other smartphone/tablet. The WiFi+3G version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 will feature GPS module with A-GPS and GLONASS support for more accurate and quicker location locking profiles.
Along with amazing hardware, Samsung has added all its software technologies such as AllShareCast, Samsung ChatOn and even the recently introduced feature – Smart Stay. Multimedia content can be downloaded from the Samsung Hub that includes Learning Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Reader Hub and Video Hub.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a layer of TouchWiz and Live Panel user experience. With several pre-installed Premium Suite of S-Pen applications, the tablet is powerful productivity booster out of the box. To make the tablet run for long time, Samsung has packed a 4600 mAh battery and there is a micro USB 2.0 port to charge it.