Samsung has taken the world by storm over the last several years, with a big helping hand from their unique brand of Galaxy Note products. Utilizing Wacom technology to create the most advanced touchscreen pen-enabled experience available, every device to bear the name “Note” so far has been a smash success. Today, Samsung has announced the next product in the Galaxy Note family, sitting in between the Note 10.1 and Note II, the Galaxy Note 8.
Running on Android 4.1.2 and coming in with an 8-inch 1280×800 TFT display, the Note 8 falls right in line with what’s largely considered the ideal size for portable mid-range tablets. Of course where the Note 8 will stand out from other tablets in this category is S Pen compatibility. Not only is the Note 8 equipped with the next generation of S Pen technology, but there’s been enhancements to all the software designed by Samsung to take full advantage of the S Pen.
When initially removing the S Pen from the Galaxy Note 8, special S Pen optimized apps will be at the ready, including Awesome Note, a new version of Samsung’s Chat On messaging service, and a special version of Flipboard with Note specific features like Air View compatibility. Air View is available on several other apps as well, allowing users to simply hover the S Pen over certain areas for expanded information. The Note 8 also reformats certain menu elements to take advantage of the S Pen, and has new physical buttons that are S Pen compatible as well.
As far as the rest of the hardware is concerned, the Note 8 is powered by a 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor, and comes with HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 radios on board (the Note 8 is able to be used a cellphone in certain regions), a 5 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of on-board memory with microSD expansion of up to 64GB, Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BlueTooth 4.0 and a 4,600mAh battery.
Release details for the US version of the Galaxy Note 8 were not revealed at this time, but the global variant will be available in Q2 of this year. Be on the lookout for more Galaxy Note 8 coverage as Mobile World Congress kicks off this week.