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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is revealed, and it's gunning for the iPad mini
by James Gilmour 25/2/2013
Product: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Manufacturer: Samsung
Format: Android
At the Mobile World Congress event over in Barcelona, Samsung has just revealed the Galaxy Note 8.0, its latest mid-sized tablet.

As with the Galaxy Note 2 (the last addition to Samsung's Note 'phablet' range) and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, this new 8-inch Sammy tablet supports split-screen functionality and ships with the latest version of the S Pen stylus.

Specs-wise, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, contains 2GB of RAM, and rocks a 1280x800 8-inch display at 189ppi.

That 189ppi resolution means that the Galaxy Note 2.0's screen is sharper than the 163ppi display on the iPad mini, but not quite as sharp as the Nexus 7's 216ppi screen (though the latter's screen is a full inch smaller).



As you would expect, the Galaxy Note 8.0 runs Jelly Bean out of the box, and is available with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

At launch, Galaxy Note 8.0 users will be able to browse online over HSPA+ and wi-fi, though an LTE version is expected at a later date.

Interestingly, the tablet will also be able to make and receive calls, making it one of the heftiest mobile phone solutions on the market.

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In addition to the Galaxy Note 8.0's split-screen app functionality (or "Dual View", as Sammy calls it), the device's S Pen supports touch-free controls, which, for the first time, you can use to trigger the physical menu and back buttons.

"Awesome Note" has also been integrated into the tablet's app library, turning the device into a handwriting-recognition memo-making machine.

If you're interested in adding the Galaxy Note 8.0 to your mobile family, you'll be able to pick one up at some point in Q2 2013.
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