We’ve known the Galaxy Note 8.0 was coming for a while now. Knowing it was coming didn’t really tamp down the excitement surrounding the latest tablet to hit the market
While the Galaxy Note line of tablets have had a bit of a mixed run when it comes to success, Samsung is hoping that the latest Galaxy Note can be the new standard bearer.
ABC News reports that Samsung is hoping the 8-inch screen on the new Galaxy Note will win over new customers who feel that the 10.1-inch screen is too big and the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note 2 is too small.
The new Android tablet is also clearly an attempt by Samsung to take on the Apple iPad Mini directly. One feature that is being touted by Samsung is that the tablet is wider than most 7-inch tablets out there.
That slightly wider casing makes it easier to operate with one hand, something that Samsung claims is a big draw. The other big draw for this particular tablet is the use of the S-pen.
The S-Pen is something that first starting shipping with the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Galaxy Note 2, but has been improved for the Galaxy Note 8.0.
Engadget points out there are plenty of other features that tablet lovers can get excited about. The 8-inch screen comes with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 TFT display. That means that the sharpness rivals that of the Galaxy Note 10.1 but it will have a better pixel density.
The tablet has a Exynos 4 Quad processor with speeds regularly hitting 1.6 GHz. The tablet has 2GB of RAM and if you get yourself a microSD card you can have as much as 32GB memory.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is shipping with the Android operating system, Jelly Bean 4.1.2, as most of the newer Android devices have included.
Samsung has said that the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be ready by the end of the second quarter of 2013. How much the device will cost hasn’t been announced yet.