The madness has begun and Samsung has made the first move. Not with the galaxy S4, but with another device we have expected for quite some time. The South Korean company has announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 at a press release.
In terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 looks very familiar having an appearance similar to the Galaxy S3, but bigger of course. The device comes with an S-Pen stylus like the other handsets of the note series, but the bezels are more wider than the ones of the Galaxy Note 2. It seems that the previous reports were right about the specs of the Galaxy Note 8, the handheld sporting a “home-made” Exynos 4 quad CPU which is clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2GB of RAM, HSPA+ 21 megabit per second cellular radio, a huge 4600 mAh battery (which can’t be removed). As for the operating system, the Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which we don’t know if it will be updated to Android 4.2.
Everything sounds nice and the Galaxy Note 8 seemed a great tablet, but there is one big drawback. The display of the device has a pixel resolution that reminds me of the devices from two years ago. Ladies and gentlemen, the awesome new handset coming from Samsung has a resolution of 1280 x 800. Say what? The rest of the technical specs are more than decent, but to come and trow this screen into our faces, why Samsung?
There are rumors that the successor of the Nexus 7 (which will be also manufactured by ASUS) will come with a full HD display. So, with that in mind, why should I buy the Galaxy Note 8? The only feature that stands out is the ability to make phone calls.
It’s true, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 allows you to make phone calls. This may be the real definition of a “phablet”. Even though lots of users talk at their tablets, this still sounds pretty weird for me. You’re supposed to make calls using a phone, not a device that you usually hold with both hands. I know that this extra functionality can be actually useful, but I’m not going to give up my phone and buy one of these.
Unfortunately, the company didn’t mention the price of the Galaxy Note 8, but it did specify some vague information about its availability. Samsung said that the tablet will be released in the second quarter of 2013. As for the regions where it will be available, we don’t know yet, but when we’ll find out we’ll make sure that you’ll know too.