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


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.


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.

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