It’s finally official: Say hello to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0, the definition of a phablet

February 23, 2013

note8 Image Credit: AnandTech

Yesterday we saw a photo of it at Samsung’s booth, and today the press release has finally gone live. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the newest member of the Galaxy family, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

Design wise, you’re looking at a jumbo Galaxy S3. Sure, the Note 8.0 has a stylus like all the other Note devices, but the bezels around this thing are way too wide for us to say the Note 8.0 looks like a Galaxy Note II.

You might like: The history of the phablet

As for what’s under the hood, the rumors were right: Exynos 4 quad clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, HSPA+ 21 megabit per second cellular radio, an incredibly large (non-removable) 4,600 mAh battery, and it runs Android 4.1.2. When will it get updated to 4.2? We don’t know.

The worst part about this thing, which we’re saving for last, is the screen. It pushes 1,280 x 800 pixels. That would have been fine in 2011, but come on now! Rumor has it that the sequel to the Nexus 7, which will also be made by ASUS, will have a full HD screen. Why then would anyone want the Note 8.0? Because it makes phone calls?

Yes, you read that right, you can hold the Note 8.0 up to your face to make a phone call. This writer used to think that talking on a tablet was ridiculous, but then he saw enough people doing just that in Asia that he no longer feels it’s “weird” or “out of place”.

Now for the two most important questions: How much is it and when can I buy it? Forget about the price tag, because we have no idea. As for timing, Samsung says Q2, but doesn’t specify which countries will get it first. As soon as we know something, we’ll let you know.

And make sure to come back here in a day or two for some hands-on coverage!

Further Reading: Anand Lal Shimpi’s hands-on with the Note 8.0.

Comments

  • zamir yusof

    my friend uses a tab 2 7 as his main phone. it looks crazy at first but after a while you’ll get used to it

    • sxs

      you friend must be a big troll, or he might have extra baggy pants to put the tab 2 7 in his pockets to use it as his main phone :o

  • lean6

    Wonder why the writers out there still can’t understand that Samsung has actually put together a brand. I remember my first AMOLED with the Samsung Captivate. I fell in love. There is someone who will find this configuration absolutely perfect. A for me, or still need to be able to put a phone in my pocket. Galaxy Note 2 dimensions is large enough.

  • Xoria7

    This is a phone? This thing will cause brain cancer if you hold it up to your head

    • MasterMuffin

      This will cause cancer just buy watching at that screen! :D

      • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

        Its called screen cancer ;)

  • http://TabletAndroidBR.com/ Humberto R.

    IMO It’s not critical more DPI than that for 2013 and you’ll get more battery life (maybe 10 + hours).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joshua-Martin/100000322308783 Joshua Martin

    It’s nice to have tablets of different sizes, I guess. But this thing is widely useless and irrelevant at this point.

  • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

    This would be great with google glass connected to this phablet i can sync take call record and use google now with this phablet , great experience

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Well, this is like a tablet with 3G connection that is able to make calls. It’s actually cool because if you don’t like to hold it to your ear, you could always use the loudspeakers. Heck, I do that with my S3 already – I love to talk with the speakers / headphones on.

    • sxs

      yeah very cool indeed! just that you have to attach extra baggy pockets to your jeans just to carry this “call-making” “phone”.
      very practical, isn’t it ?

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        Oh come oooon. This might actually appeal to people who already carry backpacks around :)

        • sxs

          oh bitte! who carries a phone in a backpack? and even if you do then do you carry backpack 24/7 ? but you do carry your phone 24/7!
          I’ve almost never seen people carrying phone in backpacks, except some old ants, who are definitely not gonna buy this note ;)

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            I don’t know; I worked in the morning, in the afternoon and went straight to college after work, so I needed to have everything for the day with me since the beginning – so yeah, I carried a bag “24/7″ (the bag was at home when I was at home, so yeah =D). But I see your point, of course I didn’t carry a bag when I went to a party or something. But like I said: this is a tablet with the added *bonus functionality* of making calls – and don’t forget sending text messages! I don’t think samsung should market it as a phablet, but it’s a nice tablet with this nice extra feature =)

  • Deniz

    Oh! No Flashlight!

  • lollicup04

    why no front facing stereo speakers? Any new galaxy players?

  • Garry DeWitt

    Wow. Exynos 4 and 800p in 2013. Granted, they probably wanted to go with exynos 5 but couldn’t have it ready in time, any I doubt the Mali 400 in the exynos 4 quad can push full hd smoothly. Shame they didn’t buckle down and grab a snapdragon 600 though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dander.mcsullivan D’Ander McSullivan

      About the 800p resolution, I readed some where Wacom technology doesn’t allow more than that.

  • Lara

    Holy bezel! Get that thing away from me, it’s hideous and similar in design to crapple’s iPads.

    • kascollet

      Sadly, it’s not anymore : iPad Mini has very thin lateral bezels (and specific tech to avoid unintended touches).

    • Benjo

      “Specs-wise, this is a shameless iPad mini copycat device. Where is the innovation, Samsung?”

      I guess that makes the Galaxy tab 7.7 released in 2011 a ipad mini copycat device then? Because this device is pretty much an updated version of that with a digitizer screen and the galaxy s3/note2 stylings. It’s more fair to say that the ipad mini was a copy of the 7.7 tab.

      Reducing the bezel size definitely improved the appearance and possibly reduced it’s overall size/weight. However that would require special coding to prevent accidental screen touches while holding the tablet, something I haven’t actually seen yet on an android tablet.

      • AverageUser

        If it was just a tablet I would agree, but since it is a phone too it places it in a different category.

  • mohdamr1

    1,280 x 800 resolution and still buy it ? How about no . No more low resolution tablets, even some laptops have higher resolution than this. Samsung stop making low quality tablets.

  • mohdamr1

    1,280 x 800 resolution and still buy it ? How about no . No more low resolution tablets, even some laptops have higher resolution than this. Samsung stop making low quality tablets.

    • ijks5291987

      Then go for the Nexus 10. Samsung is giving you choices. If you want high-res tablets, then get the highest res tablet out on the market which is made by Samsung. Also, the reason they are going 1280×800 res is because the Wacom Stylus compatibility issues.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dacha.liceknjiga Dacha LiceKnjiga

    $300 top

  • http://www.facebook.com/itsirfandude Irfan Sheriff

    i want damn phone calls on my nexus 7 3G :@ !!!

  • kascollet

    So here is Samsung answer to iPad Mini’s success :
    – same overall performance (better CPU/worse GPU as usual)
    – same overall screen quality (2011 level)
    – same versions (minus 64GB but with SD slot)
    – same battery capacity
    – same colours ?

    How audacious …

    • cycad007

      This isn’t a iPad killer. Its something Samsung threw out just to get a few dollars from uninformed customers. I’m sticking with my Nexus 7 until ASUS/Google comes out with the Nexus 7 successor.

  • Greg

    Specs-wise, this is a shameless iPad mini copycat device. Where is the innovation, Samsung?

    • AverageUser

      The fact it is a Phablet and not a tablet

  • Benjo

    “The worst part about this thing, which we’re saving for last, is the screen. It pushes 1,280 x 800 pixels. That would have been fine in 2011, but come on now! Rumor has it that the sequel to the Nexus 7, which will also be made by ASUS, will have a full HD screen. Why then would anyone want the Note 8.0? Because it makes phone calls?”

    The resolution is a limitation of the digitizer technology being used in the screen. It is the same reason Note 10.1 also used the same resolution. While a larger tablet may benefit from a full HD screen, 1280×800 is much more suitable for the 7-8″ and smaller screens. Higher res screens put more strain on the processor and battery which leads to poorer performance overall for little overall benefit. Unless informed of the specs beforehand, few people can actually recognize the difference on a screen that small anyway.

    Full HD is more of a marketing ploy than anything else/ It’s much like the 2011-2012 arguments about dual core cpus vs quad core; a lot of people fall for the belief of bigger numbers automatically meaning better when in fact the dual cores were often better. The Note 8.0 won’t be the best spec’d tablet of 2013 but the screen and cpu choices should allow it to be more reasonably priced than it’s predecessors and it will be among the top performers until the next-gen tablets start coming out later in the year.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ichuck7 Charles Chambers

      Totally agree with you on the screen resolution. 720p is where we should max out. Anything else is just a needless drain on the processor and thus the battery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ichuck7 Charles Chambers

    I really don’t like that Samsung has hardware buttons instead of software buttons.

  • Roberto Tomás

    so much a disappointment I don’t want to see it again. luckily it will flop so badly, I doubt I will 3 months from now.

    What I wanted:
    1080p, OLED, A15 cores, LPDDR3 ram, large replaceable battery, wirelessHD, usb 3, sd card, pen

    what I got:
    1200×800, LCD, A9 cores, LPDDR2 ram, junkable battery, no wireless HD, usb 2, no sd card
    but yes, it has a pen

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Pardon me, what is wirelessHD?

      • Roberto Tomás

        WiDi is Intel’s version of wirelessHD — it is using wifi-like communications to drive a monitor .. you might think of it as “wireless hdmi”.

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          Hmmm. What about Miracast?

  • http://www.facebook.com/atessono Allritch Tessono

    Well the new feaure I like about this device is that now you can use the S-Pen to control the capacitive buttons on the bottom. Hopefully this feature will come as an update for the Galaxy Note 2.

  • steve blow jobs

    can’t wait

  • QuanahHarjo

    Until you guys figure out that there is a market for a tablet with a digitizer, you’ll always have the “durrr why anyone want this” line somewhere in the story. There are a lot of people that will put up with slightly lower specs for a digitizer. Hell, there are people who will put up with *Windows 8* for a digitizer. For people that have been using Wacom tabs for their digital art work for years, having a tablet that we can tote around with us that doesn’t weigh 8 pounds and that we can draw on directly with precision is just *way too cool*.

    Also consider that with more devices sporting digitizers, the app writers are more likely to integrate that support into Android’s digital art programs. I’d rather not wait until Tim Cook finally caves and sticks an iStylus on the iPad Newestest for the digitizer-equipped tablet to be relevant.

    Is there some disappointment with the Note 8? Yeah, it’s somewhat ugly and the processor a bit old. As much as there was with the craptacular Note 10? No, unless this thing is literally made of jelly and creaks when you look at it crossly. From the looks of it, it will be a perfectly decent productivity-focused tablet with way-above-average digital art ability, which is seemingly it’s entire purview.

  • AverageUser

    Just give me a full tablet phone that has a wireless earpiece that the phone charges. Then allow it to allow my watch to send and receive text for me. I love a big screen, but don’t need it 100% of the time.

  • aCe manayan

    jumo?you mean jumbo right? :D

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Thanks! Fixed!

  • Benedict Tan

    Asian from Asia chiming in; No. It’s still weird!

  • Benedict Tan

    We Asian Asians still find tablet calling redonkulous.

    I believe you saw a tiny Asian with what counts for a normal sized phone these days. If you saw the same person making a call with a tablet it would look like someone clutching a television to their head.