Starting last year, Mobile World Congress is no longer Samsung’s main avenue for announcing new devices. But Samsung’s recently found love for own events doesn’t mean the company will completely ignore the biggest trade show in the business. It just means it’s not going to unveil its flagships over there, that’s all. Last year we saw a few new smartphones and tablets from the Koreans at MWC, and this time around they announced the first device even before the event got started.
Yes, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is finally an official thing. After starring in photo shoot after photo shoot, after having all possible details leaked many times, this strange tablet that looks like a huge phone and even has full phone capabilities is now revealed by Samsung.
Is the Galaxy Note 8.0 the world’s biggest phablet? One could certainly say so, given its design and the aforementioned phone capabilities. But maybe it’s just a mid-sized tablet.
Regardless of how you may want to define it, the Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with an 8-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, HSPA, GPS, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and a 4,600 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet comes with the S Pen stylus that so far has been the staple of the Note series in Samsung’s portfolio.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will become available worldwide sometime during the second quarter of the year, so between April and June. No more specific information is available at the moment, nor is any indication of official pricing.
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