Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 8 tablet looks to take on iPad Mini with stylus and ability to make calls

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Two days ahead of Mobile World Congress 2013, Samsung has announced the newest member of their successful Galaxy Note family. the Galaxy Note 8.0 – a tablet that can make phone calls.

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The 8 inch tablet looks to put real heat on the iPad Mini, coming with an 8-inch WXGA (1280×800, 189 ppi) resolution display, backed by a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM.

The Note’s display is noticeably superior to the iPad mini’s 1,024×768-pixel resolution (163 ppi).

The Note is available in 16GB or 32GB flavours, with up to 64GB extra storage available via a microSD expansion card slot.

Powered by Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has two cameras, a rear facing 5-megapixel camera and front loaded 1.3-megapixel camera.

 

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8 tablet packs stylus, can make calls

There’s a large 4600 mAh battery onboard, and the tablet comes with an S Pen stylus and a slew of Samsung supporting apps, including S Note, S Planner, email (with hand-writing integration), Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, and Paper Artist.

Interestingly the tablet can make calls. although we think the idea is that you make the calls via a Bluetooth headset rather than walk about with a mahoosive tablet slammed on the side of your noggin.

The Galaxy features 3G with speeds up to 21Mbps, and there’ll also be 4G and wi-fi only versions.

There’s no news on availability or pricing yet, but we expect more info shortly.

Here’s a quick hands on video showing some neat features like the ‘air view’ and multi-tasking.