Samsung takes aim at iPad mini with new Galaxy Note 8.0

By , Feb 24, 2013

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It looks like the rumors were true. Samsung sent out a press release last night announcing the launch of its new Galaxy Note 8.0. The 8-inch tablet is clearly aimed right at the iPad mini, which has done very well thus far for Apple.

And it certainly came prepared to play. As expected, the slate features a 1280×800 (720p) display—just a hair better than the mini—a quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, and oh yeah, it makes phone calls. More details after the break…

Here’s an excerpt from the press release (via 9to5Google):

“Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the 8 inch tablet, the GALAXY Note 8.0; a new era of intelligent Note technology set to re-ignite the mid-size tablet category that Samsung established in 2010. Providing unrivalled multimedia performance within a compact one-hand-grip screen, the GALAXY Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to evolve the tablet experience and ensure you achieve new levels of efficient multi-tasking while benefitting from superb voice call functionality.”

In addition to the specs listed above, the Note 8.0 will also come with Samsung’s signature ‘S-Pen’ stylus, and a Micro-SD card slot for added storage. It won’t, however, support LTE—only HSPA+—and it’s running 5-month old software.

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Samsung hasn’t named a launch date for the new tablet yet, or a price tag. And that last detail is particularly important because it will tell us exactly what market it’s going after. From afar all signs point to an entry below the $300 mark.

And if that ends up being the case, it’ll be really interesting to see how it performs against the iPad mini. Will the Note’s S-Pen and (still not sure how I feel about this) phone capabilities be able to throw some cold water on Apple’s hot tablet?

I don’t think so. Though Android is getting better in the tablet space, I think the iPad still wins on ease-of-use and app selection, which are probably two of the most important factors for mainstream consumers, outside of what it costs.

What’s your take on Samsung’s new tablet? What do you think of its ability to make phone calls?

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  • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

    I love how silly Samsung makes a 8 inch tablet able to make phone calls. If you use headphones , that’s still look kinda okay. But if you place it on your ear , (joke)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

      Trolled by samsung? :P

    • Wassim Omais

      Oops I dropped my 8 inch piece of plastic while attempting to hold it on my ear. Lets take it to the garbage dump for repairs.

      • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

        Just recycle it. It’s plastic :)

  • http://twitter.com/Apple_iStu Sturt Grndin

    I’d never make a call on one of those! The Note and Note II look stupid enough!! It’ll be like the trigger happy TV Dom Joly Nokia phone soon! Pathetic!!

  • Dan

    If this thing is cheaper than the iPad mini, then maybe…

    I’d feel downright stupid putting this thing against my ear to make a phone call though, but the fact that it CAN make calls is a nice advantage over it’s Apple rival.

    Looking forward to seeing how well they integrate the S-Pen.

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      Sorry but can you tell me S pen uses other than drawing , not trolling but just want to know any great features of S pen , i have heard its good from my friend , they have note 2 (mostly for big screen) , but i have seen very few time using it mostly for like drawing or photo editing , than whats the point of having it .

      • Dan

        Well I’ve only had my Note 2 for a few days but I’m really liking it to take notes. Ie: You pull out the pen, the note widget pops up right away. You scribble down you note and it translates it to text. It has very good cursive writing detection, barely misses a word when I write.

        The quick commands are also pretty neat. You can set it up to do different tasks when you draw a symbol (send email, launch maps, text a specific person etc).

        Not saying anyone should get the Note 2 JUST for that, but it’s a nice tool :)

      • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

        Ohh ,ok, thanks for reply, but are there any third party apps that uses its features.

      • Dan

        I plan on finding out. Like I said, had it a few days :-) I mainly got it for screen size and battery, travel a lot.

      • Kurt

        In korea all phones besides iphone of course, come with two batteries. not sure where you live but did yours come with two also?

      • Dan

        I live in Canada. Only one battery for us. I usually finish the day with 40% though. Heavy use.

      • Kurt

        Yeah I heard you can use it a lot and it will last 2 days or almost 2 full days. It has a great battery.

      • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

        Ok, thanks again for reply , wanted to just know whats so special about S pen. Till than happy with my iphone and i am glad you are happy with your note 2 :)

  • Toni

    ugly

  • Stijn

    This is no tablet but a phone

    • http://twitter.com/iSamurai Kyle Cherry

      It’s a phablet! :)

      • Wassim Omais

        Even a phablet should not be 8 inches. It’s a joke. Complete garbage.

      • CollegiateLad

        Only apple can do it right! Think different FTW!!!

      • CollegiateLad

        Def it’s a phablet! Hehehe!

  • http://twitter.com/iSamurai Kyle Cherry

    Carriers? Looks like it won’t have LTE so probably not Verizon..Maybe ATT/TMobile

    • CollegiateLad

      Verizon is ok. But AT&T?

  • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

    How can Samsung aim this PHONE which is oversized and makes look twat when making a call at the iPad mini which is not a phone but a tablet..
    Sorry for the words but say it how it is

    • CollegiateLad

      Simple minded fuxk.

  • batongxue

    Shame!

    • CollegiateLad

      It’s not apple. Only can can do it right. Who needs features to slow your device down. F thatt

  • Liam Mulcahy

    Phone calls… WIERD

    • Kurt

      would it be better to have less features? Perhaps if it were just an app launcher? would you prefer that? real question. don’t get offended.

      • Liam Mulcahy

        I’m don’t know I properly won’t buy it instead I will get a iPad mini

  • felixtaf

    Cant imagine that Samung will sell this one for 300$(may be), while the Note 2 is 650-750$.

  • http://twitter.com/JailBreakFiles Jailbreak101

    2/24/13, 7:56 AM
    Samsung sucks plastic!

  • http://twitter.com/JailBreakFiles Jailbreak101

    Id use samsung tab for porn only! Like the cheap as she is!

    • CollegiateLad

      Gay porn? Yummy

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    Notes suck… Samsung sucks … Android sucks… I wish they didn’t so apple would have motivation to do more

    • TriguyRN

      Your opinion sucks

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        the truth sucks’ sometimes…

      • JamesR624

        Your opinion is the truth? Is that how this work now?

        No, it isn’t, dumbass.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        ji dont state opinions .. i state facts… android sucks..FACT…

      • Hyr3m

        Dickhead…

      • CollegiateLad

        Thinking of yours now

      • CollegiateLad

        Heehehehehehe again?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

      What a note sucks dude have you played with a galaxy note 2 it’s amazing! Screen decent, battety life superb performance absolutely outstanding I love my note 2 you should get one, now granted it should have iOS Android is good but not always stable

    • CollegiateLad

      Did you say suck?

  • waleed LA

    I dont wanna live on this planet ANYMORE

  • TonyVee73

    That’s crazy. I switched my iPhone 4S to a Samsung Galaxy S2 (on T-Mobile for 4G service) and I thought it was too big so I switched back to my iPhone 4S regardless of spotty 3G service. It will sell, though.

    • Kurt

      ill buy it…i want to get rid of my 4s and get a note 2 in white

      • alex

        best choice you’ll ever make….

      • Kurt

        Which phone do you have?

      • TonyVee73

        It’s a t-mobile Galaxy S2 in white.

      • Kurt

        ahhhhhhhhhh…I’m stupid. i thought you had the note 2. Sorry, I really want the note 2 as I don’t want to wait for the note 3. Sorry bud.

      • TonyVee73

        How much you wanna give me for it?

      • CollegiateLad

        Which color?

      • TonyVee73

        White.

  • Kurt

    the galaxy tab 7.0 from a few years ago made phone calls too. i saw one person holding up to his head. it looked ummm…well.

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    I knew Samsung was going to copy it!

    • TriguyRN

      Copy? They had a small tablet (Galaxy tab 7) before apple did.

      • http://twitter.com/Aniketman Aniket Bhatt

        I agree with you ^ but then again this one is 8 inches…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Cooper/100000164561256 Matthew Cooper

    That would be a steal if the $300 price tag is true. I think a tablet with a true stylus should be the norm. I use mine on my Note 2 alot. Its just an extra option I think tablets should have. Dont like it dont use it, but at least its there.

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    Phone calls on an 8 inch tablet, It better have signal all the time.

    • CollegiateLad

      Obviously!!!

  • macboy74

    Really? Why?