The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was announced in February 2013 and released on the market a couple of months later, bringing decent technical specifications. So far, Samsung’s firmware updates for Galaxy Note 8.0 stopped at Android 4.1.2 (we don’t know for sure whether Note 8.0 will get Android 4.2 or higher), but you can now get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your handset via CyanogenMod 10.2.
If you got bored by the multicoloured TouchWiz or if you simply want Android 4.3 on your Galaxy Note 8.0, you will be glad to hear that CyanogenMod 10.2 nighties are now available for download for the N5100 (WiFi+3G) and N5110 (WiFi-only) variants of the tablet.
Since we are talking about nightly builds you should expect a couple of stability issues, while some functions might not work at all, but the folks at CyanogenMod are fixing them as we speak and they will most likely get patched in later updates.
You can download CM 10.2 for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5100 from here, while CM 10.2 for Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N5110 can be downloaded from here. Both packages weigh between 160 – 170 MB.
Of course, you will first need to root your Galaxy Note 8 (you can find tutorials in the Root section of our website) then you will need to download the correct GApps package, and flash CM 10.2 like you would any other ROM. We are advising you to proceed with caution and perform the install only if you are an Advanced Android user, or else you might end up damaging your tablet.
In the end let’s talk Galaxy Note 8.0 technical specifications. Underneath the 8 mm body you will find an Exynos 4412 SoC with quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A9 CPU and Mali-400MP GPU, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB microSD-expandable storage, and a non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery.
The tablet comes with an 8-inch TFT screen with 800 x 1280 resolution, 5 MP camera on the back, and 1.3 MP shutter in the front. The connectivity features include HSDPA (only for N5100), WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, IR blaster, and microUSB 2.0.