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Feb
GALAXY Note 8.0_2

We've seen it leaked a few times, but Samsung has beaten the Mobile World Congress rush and officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 8.0. The device is basically a super-sized version of the Note 2 smartphone, right down to the physical home button (a first for Samsung's post-Android 3.0 tablets), call capability, and vertical orientation.

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The screen is an 8-inch 1280x800 panel, and it's unfortunately a TFT LCD - I had been hoping that they would make it Super AMOLED, and create a spiritual successor to the sadly underutilized Galaxy Tab 7.7. Naturally, you get the S-Pen and all of Samsung's custom TouchWiz applications on top of Android 4.1.2. Underneath the hood you get a beefy 1.6Ghz Exynos A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and an open MicroSD card slot. The rear camera is a serviceable 5 megapixels, with a typical 1.3MP front shooter. The 4600mAh battery should provide plenty of runtime.

The smartphone-style hardware has proven divisive - the thing looks like someone took a rolling pin to the later generation of Galaxy smartphones. Samsung isn't saying exactly how thin the Galaxy Note 8.0 is, but at 210.8x135.9x7.95mm, it's not much bigger than existing 7-inch tablets. At the moment an HSPA+ version is confirmed for an international release with phone capabilities in some territories, but a WiFi version should be coming at launch or soon after.

A worldwide release is scheduled for the second quarter of this year, though Samsung informs us that distribution in the United States has not been finalized. At the time of writing, there is no price information available.

Update: you can get a few fleeting glances of the Note 8.0 in Samsung's ChatOn 2.0 commercial (featuring 100% more Camille Saint-Saens than ChatOn 1.0!), below.

SEOUL, Korea [February 24, 2011] – 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*. Furthermore, the intelligent S Pen brings together the latest innovation and the ease of using a traditional pen and paper; creating a sophisticated mobile experience that will enhance life on the go.

“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life.” said JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics.

“The GALAXY Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity - the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play,” added Shin.

At the core of the GALAXY Note 8.0’s innovative solutions are beneficial functions, including multi-window options to split the portable 8inch screen and allow optimal access to a number of live applications; a new generation of Samsung’s intelligent S Pen with advanced usability; access to a suite of S Note templates and tools that allow you to create, edit, manage and share everyday documents; the Samsung “reading mode” technology to enjoy e books with optimized resolution, video and voice calls*. In addition, a suite of exciting new content and services are pre-loaded for users at no additional cost including, for the very first time on Samsung GALAXY tablet, the innovative Flipboard, and Awesome Note.

A smart diary for life on the go

Slim and compact enough to become the perfect on-the-go work and play companion, the GALAXY Note 8.0 brings powerful performance and functionality to support even the most demanding of lifestyles. Designed to store and manage your personal and professional data efficiently, the new era device gives users the perfect pocket-sized hands-on organizational tool. Practical S Note templates and S Planner feature help to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. All content can be entered and updated with the finest of detail thanks to the evolution of the intelligent Samsung S Pen. Enhanced precision is offered with Handwriting-to-Text conversion and advanced Productivity Tools that support formula and shape recognition are now available at the touch of your S Pen.

New content and services

GALAXY Note 8.0 is packed with pre-loaded content and apps specifically for the value maximizing, mass multimedia consumer. Upgraded Chat-On provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats – images, video, voice, contacts – for simple, enjoyable communication. Awesome Note, an integrated application that is introduced in android tablet for the first time with NOTE 8.0, is capable of unlimited note-taking uses including Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists. With Flipboard, your news, social network and other feeds come together in one stylish, flippable format so you can enjoy all your news and life’s great moments in one place. Flipboard developed a customized version of its application exclusively for Samsung that allows users to take the S Pen’s hover feature and preview article headers beneath Flipboard's main screen tiles. Finally, Smart Remote, gives you a universal remote control and electronic programming guide allowing you to manage TV and video watching seamlessly.

A new age of S Pen intelligence

Optimized to aid personalized creativity, the Samsung S Pen has evolved to increase everyday usability and enhance creation expression. Embedded within the tablet, the S Pen is an extension of the GALAXY Note 8.0. Removing the S Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus that it thinks you’ll need and Page Buddy, a feature that will intuitively activate your most recently adapted S Note home screen.

S Pen technology is now so advanced that it doesn’t even have to touch the screen. With Air View, the S Pen needs only to hover over the screen to see previews of videos, emails, photos and appointments on SPlanner without opening the file or application in full. S Pen Gesture allows images and content to be easily edited and cropped, whilst Paper Artist and Photo Note allow photos to be artistically personalized.

In addition, for the very first time in GALAXY NOTE category, you can use S Pen to control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with WACOM technology.

Maximizing mass multimedia consumption

Creative multi-tasking with the GALAXY Note 8.0 is effortless due to innovative Dual View feature, two multi window options that seamlessly allow you to facilitate multi-screen usage. Dual View’s split screen accommodates optimal operation of different apps, such as launching the S Note on the web browser screen and allowing content to be resized, dragged and dropped as required.

Multi-tasking is extended to phone calls*. Pop Up Note allows you to access S Note at any time to keep track of key actions and Pop Up Video ensures you can keep surfing the web whilst chatting – content windows can be easily resized by pinching to enlarge or reduce.

Perfect info-tainment partner

Packed with features to engage, entertain and excite, the GALAXY Note 8.0 supports your practical everyday needs. Reading Mode transforms the GALAXY Note 8.0 into an e-Book reader, provides the optimal reading conditions to ensure you can curl up and enjoy a good book. You can even turn it into a universal remote control with Smart Remote, to seamlessly manage TVs, set-up boxes, DVD & Blu-ray players.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Jared

    direct competitor to the ipad mini i see, samsung isnt letting up lol

    • Jason Banich

      Not really. It makes calls, it is meant to be a phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

        I don't think so. It's to be used for a tablet.. The phone thing is just an extra. Use it or not.

      • AceStar

        The Galaxy Note 10.1 also makes calls. Are you saying it's meant to be a phone?

        No, this is clearly a tablet just like the Note 10.1. The fact it makes calls is just a reflection of it being their flagship product. Should you want to, you can make a call. Using a headset or the built-in speakerphone (you didn't think you'd actually hold this up to your head, did you?)

  • troph

    Am I the only one who thinks there is no aesthetic appeal to this device? I know looks aren't everything, but come on. To me it looks plastic and cheap.

    • Freak4Dell

      "Looks plastic and cheap" is Samsung Mobile's way of life these days.

      • Tom

        I don't get this bashing of Samsung products' look. I think they look really nice, sleek and shiny, and feel well-built (am the owner of a Galaxy S2 and a Galaxy Note 10.1). How can something look "cheap" anyway? I just don't understand.

        • Freak4Dell

          Have you never looked at or held pretty much any device from any of the other major phone manufacturers? Samsung uses this plastic that's designed to look like brushed aluminum, but if you've actually seen real brushed aluminum, you instantly know Samsung's is fake. Also, shiny is no longer in. Shiny is how companies in the 90s tried to get their products to look better than they really were. Shiny plastic almost always equals crappy plastic. The plastic has this weird shine to it that rubs off way too easily, so a couple months later, the phone looks like a cow with spots of dull and spots of shine. I think the white plastic they use amplifies this issue, but then they don't use a real black on their black devices...it's always some weird shade of gray or blue. Their devices feel just as cheap as they look. I sold my HTC Flyer and got a Galaxy Tab 2 and then a Galaxy Tab Plus. I love that they have better specs than the Flyer, but man, their build quality is a joke compared to the Flyer. You pick the Flyer up and you know that thing is built like a tank. You pick the Galaxy Tabs up, and yeah, it's not going to disintegrate in your hand, but the flexing of the plastic back sure has you a bit worried. The same is true of their phones. I've owned a lot of Samsung devices, and have at least held pretty much all of them. My RAZR i blows them all away in the build quality department.

          The S2 isn't all that bad, but with the S3 era, Samsung just absolutely stopped caring about quality. This, along with things like Touchwiz and the fact that their strategy is to put out as many products as possible and flood the market are major reasons why I'm completely turned off from Samsung.

          • Anfronie

            I wish HTC would make the next Nexus Tablets :/

          • shabbypenguin

            Hands down the most solid device ive ever owned was my HTC g2, the galaxy nexus a close second. while my sgs3 is plasticy it feels very sleek and smooth, something i havent felt from an htc device in a while :/

  • Jason Banich

    Odd of them to make an 8 inch phone... lol. Wish the resolution was better, 1280x800 isn't really that high for that screen size.

    • Freak4Dell

      Yeah, I don't understand why people complain about low resolution on phones, yet something like this is acceptable. I hold my phone and my tablet about the same distance away from my face, so the argument that is used for computer monitors doesn't work. Considering tablets are actually designed to be media consumption devices, I would have expected high resolutions to hit them before phones.

      • Bleakvision

        I guess it's more about font size. Fonts are tiny when viewing a full website on a phone, but relatively large and compfortable when viewed on a tablet. Therefor it's easy to read even at a low ppi.

        The distance argument makes no sense, but arrives at the same (correct) conclusion.

      • GraveUypo

        my computer screen has 69ppi (full hd 32 inch screen) and i can't complain about it's quality. that's because i'm always at least 2 feet away from it. now people can't seem to do without 400+ ppi for some reason.

        • Freak4Dell

          Well, that's what I meant. On computers, the low PPI is fine, because the screen is so far away from your face that you don't notice the pixels. I hold my tablet about the same distance away from my face that I hold my phone, so it would make more sense for a tablet to be higher resolution. The screen is bigger, and it's still the same distance away, so you would notice the pixelation more. Personally, resolution has never been a big deal for me, but I constantly see people bitch and moan when their phones don't have uber-high resolution. Yet I never really see people complaining about tablets, even though they're only just now starting to come with high resolutions.

    • hamboy

      It isn't a phone.

    • Tom

      The Galaxy Note 10.0 is also 1280x800. So this being 8 inches is at least a decent step up in resolution from that, even though it may not match very high resolution phones.

      I have the Galaxy Note 10.0 and I don't find myself wanting greater resolution. I don't hold it two inches from my face. That's just me.

      • Anfronie

        if you read a lot on a tablet then a resolution screen is very nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruno-Stocovick/1726136794 Bruno Stocovick

    Technology is getting boring....

  • GazaIan

    Just what in the ugly fuck is this...

    • Tom

      Not a fan of the protruding rear camera but I can't see how someone could go so far as to call this "ugly".

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Well, I know at least one guy who may be excited about this: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/01/05/an-experiment-my-life-with-a-nexus-7-as-my-phone/

  • andy_o

    I'd buy it with a 250+ ppi screen. What bothers me the most about Notes though is that the S-pen apps don't work with custom roms,

  • Faiz Abideen

    Samsung needs a new design department.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

      I'm pretty sure they are going to change the design when the galaxy s4 comes around.

      • Faiz Abideen

        Hopefully they change for the better. I hated the looks of the S3. At least give it soft touch plastic for a more grippy feel...

  • L boogie

    A supersized Note 2?! wouldn't it have been easier for Samsung to keep the 7.7 tab up to date or launch a true successor to the tab considering Samsung's arsenal to build next gen HD tablets of various sizes. This new Note is interesting and if Samsung's current record is any indication, it would be successful but I'll rather wait for the Note 3 and/or full HD tablets from Samsung.

    • Tom

      This is more of a shrunken Note 10.1 than a bigger Note 2. Note 10.1 does phone calls too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000372600312 Joseph Pojunis

    This awkward device gives me the same feeling I had when the first iPad was announced. "Who the hell thought this looks good?"

  • Ommar A

    more like note 3 lol ugly!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691943709 Jonne Backhaus

    The Finnish pricing is overthe top 644€ for the 4G and 499€ for the Wi-Fi

  • http://twitter.com/Konahamarue ElementalXTC

    I read an article that said mobile technology is nearing it's saturation point... maybe this is a sign. I don't think it is a bad product or even boring, but Samsung is truly following Apple in the design department. Maybe internal specs and software upgrades are all that is left. Just pondering... HTC, Sony, Nokia, and LG, you're up next!!!

    • PCSievers

      How can you say it is following Apple in the design department? It is nothing like any Apple design.

      • Mikael Guggenheim

        I think he meant that they don't really change much. Iphone really haven't changed much since its first release and Samsung ha reached the same spot in its life... Kinda.

        • PCSievers

          Aah. Makes sense that way.

          Not sure I like or hate the look of it, I really like the Note 2 that I own, but the Note 8 just doesnt seem right.

          • Mikael Guggenheim

            The Note 8 Is to much "in-between" I think they should have made it a tablet you could use as a phone. One that run the tablet version of Android. Not the other way around.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

      It's just the current generation looking like this. It's the s3 generation... They are gonna change it by year end, I'm sure

      • Mikael Guggenheim

        The S4 should be next gen if you look at it like that, right? ;) (we can hope, I like change)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000779020091 Dushyant Chogle

    It looks like galaxy note slept with amazon kindle, that ugly it is.

  • Meh

    Ok. That's it.

    I don't care how much you love Android, this is probably the worst device ever launched. Yes, worst than the Chinese $50 turdlets.

    This is why Apple users laugh at Android. Seriously. Who the hell needs an 8" phone (for that matter, why do people need a 5" one)?

    We have larger phones than Apple, quad core processors, more RAM. But we have the same iffy camera, same really bad battery life, same iffy app experiences due to software changes from OEMs and custom ROMs.

    We need to stop the dickwaving about phone size and start focusing on what needs fixing. We don't need a (completely rumored) Motorola X-Phone. We need to work on that Nexus 5 or whatever and get it ready for November. We need to make sure that thing has a better battery than the 4. We need to make sure it has better quality control. Hell, let's make sure people can actually buy the thing this time and the Play Store doesn't piss itself again.

    Apple and their fanboys don't need to bash us anymore. We're pretty much doing it ourselves. I bet no one will notice how awful it's getting.

    I've used iOS for two years. I liked it at first, hated Android with a passion. Once I used Android, I loved the customization and control I had over my (read: my carrier's) device. Then I got a Nexus 4 and it was finally my phone. Now we have an 8" phone which will no doubt have horrible battery among other problems from the OS itself that Samsung has shitted up. This is the kind of stuff I laughed at in the past and thought would happen. I didn't think it'd actually happen.

    TL;DR: Goddamnit, Samsung. 8" phones are an insanely stupid idea and no one should go buy one.

    • Freak4Dell

      I'd give you a million upvotes if I could, but it still wouldn't cancel out the barrage of downvotes you'll get from the people who think their Notes, DNAs, or whatever other absurdly large phones they have are the best things since sliced bread.

      • http://www.facebook.com/deepMS Deep Singh

        well those who like watch a lot of videos and surf internet it is a boon for then if yoU dont want larger phones go get the iphone with its outdated screen size

      • AceStar

        Did you miss the part where this is an 8 inch tablet? It's not a phone. Is the only reason you're calling it a phone because it can make calls? Because the Note 10.1 can also make calls and nobody called it a phone.

        • Meh

          Did you miss the part where this is clearly a giant Note II and Samsung is just calling it a tablet?

          Did you also miss the part where "phone" and "tablet" are ceasing to be separate thanks to Samsung being so stupid with sizes?

          • AceStar

            Why are people saying this?

            By the same token, an iPad is "just a giant iPhone".

            What makes this tablet any more a "giant Galaxy Note II" than a "slightly smaller Galaxy Note 10.1"?

            Do you call other 7" or 8" tablets "phones"?

        • Freak4Dell

          I never called it a phone. Unbunch your panties and go play elsewhere.

          • TylerChappell

            I don't know why he cares so much when he is not going to be buying one and plenty of tens of thousands people will be buying it regardless of his opinion. It's not like it's going to be a bad device. It has good specs, and if it takes away marketshare from the iPads, then that's a great thing.

          • Meh

            Dude, this isn't taking market from anything except other Android tablets and that's only because Samsung is all people know now when they get an Android tablet.

            I work in customer service selling Android tablets. We've had Coby, we've had other turdlets, we've had the Nexus 7, we've had Kindle Fires. No one buys them. They all want Galaxy [Number or Fancy Name Here].

            This is a big deal because it's gotten to the point that Nexus isn't the flagship brand of Android anymore, it's Samsung and the Galaxy line. If Samsung does stupid shit like this, everyone will try to compete.

            We don't need that.

          • AceStar

            Sorry what is your point? Samsung is bad because they are so successful "Galaxy" is now a household name? Samsung is bad because they are doing things that are trying to compete with others?

          • AceStar

            People seem to be upset that this Android tablet can do something that the iPad can't.

            And can't quite seem to grasp that a tablet might be able to make calls, but you don't hold it up to your head, it uses speakerphone mode (by default, or you can use an external headset).

      • Meh

        It's good to see that someone actually realizes how bad Android is getting.

        We're allowing the OEMs to shit up the OS we use daily with crap software, bloatware, and even change how Google wants the OS to run. All the while getting in dickwaving contests with each other about how big a phone should be or how fast the processor is or how bright the colors should be on the screen.

        Meanwhile, the battery life remains subpar, the app experience remains subpar (on tablets, it's non existent almost).

        Something needs to be done and it's good to see that someone else is paying attention.

    • andrew__des_moines

      To each his own. There are certainly good alternatives like the Nexus 7. This is the advantage of Android -- a fugly beast like this can be ignored, hidden in shame, and the ecosystem cruises right along.

      • AHWH

        Except that this is a Galaxy and its Samsung, people will all be hyped over it to get it. Android is becoming a Samsung's product than Google...

        • Meh

          Exactly.

          This is nothing more than a giant phone Samsung is billing as a tablet. People are just eating it up that it is a "tablet" because Samsung pretty much owns Android at this point.

          Ask anyone that's not a frequent goer to this site or other Android-based sites about who owns Android (aka "the general public"). I guarantee you they'll say "Samsung" as it's all people know.

          Samsung is going to end up ruining this brand more than they help it if Google doesn't grow some balls and take more control.

    • hamboy

      It isn't a phone you moron.

      • Meh

        Did you miss the part where it has a phone app that allows you to make phone calls? I don't care what Samsung claims, this is pretty much a phone.

        Even if you DO call it a tablet, it's STILL retarded to put a phone app there.

        • hamboy

          Giving consumers more choice is 'retarded'? Don't be silly.

          • Meh

            It is when that "choice" is "let's put a phone app on a tablet, then claim it's NOT a phone then shit up the OS with something WE like and fuck up basic things like copy and paste".

            So yeah...

            It'd be different if Samsung didn't pretty much control Android at this point. But they do, so they need work.

            Also, the phone (I refuse to call this a tablet) is ugly because of Apple suing the hell out of Samsung unfairly and most consumers are too dumb to realize the differences between an iPad and an Android tablet.

          • TylerChappell

            It's still not a phone. I can use Google Voice + GrooveIP (which is essentially just a dialer app) on my Nexus 7, but that doesn't mean my N7 is a phone. I can do skype calls on my computer, that doesn't make it a phone.

          • Meh

            No, it's still a phone. It has a phone app. Neither the Nexus 7 or your computer have apps SPECIFICALLY created to make a phone call and nothing else.

            Skype isn't for phone calls, it's for voice chatting and Instant Messaging. The phone part was added in after that.

    • AceStar

      Why are people calling this a phone? It's a tablet.

      Are you not aware that people can make phone calls on tablets? The Note 10.1 is a 10" tablet, and it can make phone calls. And just like this device, you can do that with the built-in speakerphone, or a headset if you prefer.

      You didn't think you'd actually hold an 8" tablet up to your ear to make a call, did you???

      • Meh

        People call it a phone because it's pretty much a giant Note II which is a phone.

        This is quite obviously a giant Note II. Yes, you can claim it's a tablet, but considering that the line of "tablet" and "phone" is so blurred, it no longer matters.

        As I said above, even if you don't call it a phone, there's no reason a tablet needs a phone app. That's just stupid.

        I don't care if you don't hold it to your ear, you don't need a PHONE app on it.

        • andy_o

          YOU don't need a phone app. I don't need one either, but I also would be happy to have one.

        • AceStar

          Why is it "stupid" that a tablet can make phone calls? If you don't want to make calls on it, nobody's forcing you to.

          You're not assuming you'd hold it up to your ear like a phone are you?

          • Meh

            Considering the reports mention that there is a mic and a headset part just like a phone would have, yes. Yes you would be able to hold it to your ear.

            It's stupid because it's just Samsung capitalizing on the idiocy of some Android users who think their tablet should make phone calls instead of buying an actual phone.

            Again, Android is pretty much trolling itself at this point.

          • AceStar

            This is what the headset part for the Note 10.1 looks like:

            http://i.imgur.com/CJLmJ68.jpg

            There is a microphone on that headset. There is also a built-in microphone on the tablet itself, just like all tablets, and that could be used for speakerphone operation in this case.

            I can't believe that you or anybody else think that an 8" tablet is designed to be held up to your ear to make calls.

      • andy_o

        You didn't think you'd actually hold an 8" tablet up to your ear to make a call, did you???

        I was gonna say the same thing, but then I saw the phone speaker up top. You don't have to use it, but they at least are expecting a significant amount of people to.

        • AceStar

          That's a front-facing speaker. Just like the Galaxy Tab range and the Galaxy Note 10.1, except this one does not appear to be stereo. You don't hold an 8" tablet up to your face to make a call, that would be absurd.

    • GraveUypo

      i need a 5" phone. no bigger, but not much smaller than that either.
      i use it a lot at my farms to watch movies and play games in my idle time when i'm not willing to set up the laptop + projector and just want to lay on a hammock to rest a bit.

      any smaller than 4.3" gets unconfortable, but it can go as big as 5" without ruining it as a phone for me, so yeah.

      it's also the perfect size for the dashboard on my car.

      oh, i don't have a tablet, and i have a sixaxis "clip" for my phone to play games. that should be made clear.

  • Jeremiah Rice

    There seems to be a lot of bashing going on in these here comments, so I'll say this: I am genuinely excited about the Note 8.0. Yes, it's ugly. Yes, the idea of using it as a phone is laughable (though I'm sure a tiny minority is ecstatic at the idea). And yes, it's got Samsung's decidedly platicky design sensibility.

    But I'm of the firm opinion that 8-9" is the perfect size for a tablet. A 10" tablet is too bulky (and I own one) and I'd rather bring my laptop. A 7" tablet is too small (and I own one of those too) and I'll make do with my phone. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 was and is my favorite Android tablet ever, and if it could keep pace with my Nexus 7, I'd still be using it.

    Add to that the undeniably cool features of the Note line, and the solid battery performance of Samsung's later chipsets, and I'm in - it's the perfect device for notation without sacrificing portability or turning a smartphone into a hulking beast. My current daily driver is a DROID RAZR M, by the way.

    If the WiFi Note 8.0 comes in at $350 or less, I will almost certainly be buying one for myself, warts and all.

    • Fabian

      I've never understood why calling and sms ability shouldn't be included with devices that have cellular chips, radios, and sim-slots anyway.
      Yes, holding an 8" tablet to your ear looks hilarious, but then again, I often wear my Bluetooth headphones when I'm out and about.
      And if I don't - well, deal with it. People holding up iPads to take photos look just as ridiculous!

    • Tom

      I agree with you almost completely. I have the Note 10.0, and having owned that for many months now I'm now firmly of the opinion that this Note 8.0 would suit my needs even better. I just will never be able to justify the purchase price (I'd want 3G+wifi).

    • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

      I have to go look at a 8-9 inch tablet because I just sold my nexus 7 because its too small so never wanted to use it. I had a galaxy tab 10.1 and loved it and I regret selling it to this day.

    • TylerChappell

      I would rather have a device that can actually fit in my pockets (as the Nexus 7 does), especially if it has the same screen resolution. Pocketability = portability.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    BIGGER PHONE is a BETTER PHONE, ooh ooh.
    Unfortunately, this thing is NOT a BIGGER PHONE, it's just a tablet that can make calls, one of the many, because Samsung have skimped on spec. This thing should have had 1920x1080 SAmoled screen, with good outdoor visibility, much thinner bezel at the sides (more screen, less plastic), mandatory 3G/4G, and a 6500 mAh battery.
    Why 6500? S3 has 4.8" screen and 2100mAh battery, Note 2 has 5.5" screen and 3100mAh battery, with a simple calculations you'll get 6500mAh for 8" screen. Now you'll tell me it the actual device life on a single charge doesn't scale linearly with battery size - YES IT DOES, I'M AN ENGINEER haha!

    • TylerChappell

      Tell that to the 6300mAh ZeroLemon battery for the Galaxy S3, which is no bigger than the 4200mAh ones.

  • Karel

    See Google. This is what happens when you use a phone UI as a tablet UI. You will get f***ed up tablets.

  • mauric

    ChatOn, Designed for animals.

  • user33

    Maybe Samsung is sending out a message..
    to consumers and the competitors:
    "You damn right we ugly, but we killin it btch!"

  • GraveUypo

    why do tablets have to get such tick bezels? i never got that...

    • GreenyO

      To avoid your thumbs touching the screen by mistake ?

  • Sootie

    Called it!

    You posted a comment in Leaked Photos Show Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, With Galaxy S III-Style Physical Buttons ·a month ago "I really think you can use it as a phone, the original note was an experiment and I suspect this one might be the same but bigger, its a phone I tells ya a gigantic phone!!!!"