Feb 23 AT 9:00 PM Dustin Earley 18 Comments

Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 8, available Q2 ’13

Galaxy Note 8 featured

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.

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  • JC005

    I think I’ll get a note 10.1 instead of waiting for this one.

    • Oscar P, disabled murderer and blade gunner

      Man this phone looks hideous!

      • epps720

        Guess it’s a good thing this isn’t a phone

  • honourbound68

    drool… my htc view needs replacing soon :)

  • YMS123

    Shame the screen’s resolution is so low, the specs seem decent otherwise

  • Steve Barry

    I hope they offer this as a wifi only device, I’d buy that in a heartbeat. 8″ tablet with S Pen? Sign me up!!! 8″ phone? I think I’ll pass on that one.

    • honourbound68

      other sites are reporting that it likely won’t be offered as a phone in the US. Yes on wifi though.

  • Thomas Biard

    This is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. I wanted the Note 2, but still a little small for what I want it for. I wanted the Note 10.1, but a little expensive for what I was looking for. This has the perfect screen size, hardware, and hopefully *fingers crossed* price!

  • Richard Yarrell

    Omg omg omg once I collect enough beer cans for the recycle center I’ll buy one an never leave my moms basement!! please please come in pink

  • surethom

    Now this is one butt ugly tablet, Samsung is so obsessed with the S3 that they think it would look good this big, Wrong.

  • Bloomberg

    BREAKING. Only Canada and Germany remain rich, dominant and leading countries, UK downgraded from AAA – now joins the poor countries. A downfall of a once proud empire. United States went down the drain as they spent trillions on wars and military equipment and not a single dime on health care. Way to go.

    • MC_Android

      Not denying what you said, but how is it related to the article about an oversized cellphone?

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk artesea

    Wait, I could use this as my phone? As someone who makes no more than a couple of calls a week, and even then for short periods, it’s tempting. Although maybe a few more pixels needed in that screen.

    • Raptor

      Yes, you can Skype from multiple devised why not just calling from anything? There are barely any differences between phone, tablet or computer anymore

      Resolution of this screen though is totally unacceptable, what they are thinking when even 4+” phones become 1080p? Even their current AMOLED tech would work on 8″ 1080

  • donger

    I’ll wait til the next Nexus 7 from Google.

  • GE918

    Bring it on!

  • Rahul

    My friend has Samsung Note 2 and I liked its features a lot. Lately my sister has been planning to buy a new phone and she does not know much about technology and gadgets so it my responsibility to decide which phone to buy. After reading the whole blog I think I should suggest her to buy Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Still would you suggest me some other phones which can be taken in consideration? Also my friend has some really cool apps which interests me a lot. ONE Browser is one of my favourite. The speed of download he gets in it is mind blowing plus it is not expensive too. He downloads movies too through ONE Browser and that just amazes me. I hope my sister too enjoys it. Would you guys suggest some other apps which can be useful and cool? Also keep writing such awesome blogs which are so helpful.

  • impromark

    I still think I can get behind this. The 7-8inch form factor works for me (though I only have a 10-inch tab and, reluctantly, an iPhone) and though I don’t like wiping my face oils off of any screen, the real-estate is in the right sweet spot for me to consider it.