Samsung has added another new tablet to its already extensive range, and this time it’s the Galaxy Note 8.0. Those of you familiar with Samsung’s range will know the Note name means it will come with the S Pen stylus, and the screen size puts it in competition with the Apple iPad Mini.
It joins the other S Pen-equipped hardware, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone/tablet hybrid, and shares the same screen resolution as its bigger brother but on an 8-inch screen. Inside is a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor – which is the same type powering the Galaxy S3.
This isn’t the only similarity between Samsung’s flagship Android phone and its latest slate, as its design has been heavily influenced by the phone. It’s only available in white, and has the same plastic rear cover, top-centre camera lens and small (comparatively) screen bezel. The Galaxy Note 8 even comes with the option of 3G/4G connectivity, when it can be used as a massive phone.
Samsung has installed Android 4.1.2 with its TouchWiz user interface over the top, plus it has the S Pen stylus which now interacts with more applications, including a custom version of the news aggregator Flipboard, and even the standard Android keys below the screen.
Another new feature is the inclusion of an Infrared blaster, so the tablet can be used as a universal remote control, plus it also has a 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 16GB or 32GB of storage space and a microSD card slot.
Samsung hasn’t given the Galaxy Note 8 a price yet, but we would expect it to be less than £300 so it can compete with the iPad Mini. It’ll go on sale before the summer, with locations to be announced.