In a world full of Galaxy devices, some are great, some are good, and some make you scratch your head as to why they even exist in the first place. Among those considered by most to be good (or even great), we have the Note series. It all started with an oversized phone set to change the way people use their mobile devices. And it did just that – soon after it was followed by a bigger, better successor and a 10-inch tablet wearing the same name.

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While there's no shortage of other 10-inch Android tablets to choose from, there is one space that has yet to really be covered by a high-end Android device: eight inches. For those who think seven is too small and ten is too big, eight is likely the perfect size (mind out of the gutter guys – we're talking about tablets). The first real contestant to enter this market is the Galaxy Note 8.0. Announced back at Mobile World Congress in February, this medium-sized powerhouse packs some impressive specs under its eight-inch hood:

  • 1280x800 TFT LCD
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • 210.8x135.9x7.95mm
  • Android 4.1.2

Note: The US version of the Note 8.0 is Wi-Fi Only, and thus doesn't have a telephony option like that of its international counterpart.

And it has all the features that you'd expect in a Note device: S Pen, S Planner, Multi-Window, Air View, AllShare Play, Awesome Note, and more.

Of course, that's just a recap of what we already know. The only bit of information that we didn't yet know was a release date and pricing info, and now we have that – for the US, anyway. Beginning just two days from now, on April 11th, you'll be able to hit up Amazon, Best Buy, NewEgg, Tiger Direct, and several others and grab yourself the newest flagship in the eight-inch range for a solid $400. That puts the device slightly above the $330 iPad Mini, which should be its primary competitor.

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announces that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the U.S. market on April 11. Unveiled globally at Mobile World Congress in February, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in stores and online at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com.

A mid-sized addition to the Galaxy Note family of products, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to enable multi-tasking at home, at work or on the go. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the perfect size for entertainment and productivity, with unrivaled multimedia performance in a compact format. The S Pen has evolved to improve everyday usability with Air View, and Multi Window now supports more apps to perform tasks simultaneously allowing users to do more.

“The Galaxy Note defined an entirely new smartphone category and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet redefined the tablet experience for consumers,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “With the Galaxy Note 8.0, we fully expect to ignite the mid-size tablet market Samsung pioneered with the first Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and packs the power needed for full mobile entertainment and productivity.”

Galaxy Note 8.0 at Play

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be the first product to feature Samsung WatchON, a new search and recommendation service that alleviates the chore of channel surfing and makes finding TV shows and on-demand video content faster and easier. Samsung WatchON simplifies the process of discovering new content to watch by searching across multiple content sources, such as live TV and streaming video-on-demand sources such as Samsung’s Media Hub*, to recommend movies and TV shows. It also provides complementary content including actor bios, reviews and related information.

With the built-in IR blaster, the Galaxy Note 8.0 acts as a powerful universal remote, eliminating the need for multiple remotes to control the TV viewing experience. Users can browse for content then change the channel on the TV or cable box directly from the search window.

For entertainment on the go, the Galaxy Note 8.0’s screen is great for everything from content viewing to reading. With its dazzling 8-inch WXGA screen, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is perfect for watching HD content, packing 1280 by 800 pixels. The Galaxy Note 8.0 also has Reading Mode, which adjusts color and brightness to an optimal level for reading. It provides the ability to customize fonts and themes so select books, magazines, documents and Web pages are easier to read. Combined with Smart Stay, which keeps the screen awake while you are reading, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is customized to ensure the best reading experience.

Galaxy Note 8.0 at Work

The tablet is quickly becoming a primary computing device for employees. The Galaxy Note 8.0 offers multi-tasking and productivity features, making users more efficient at everyday tasks, whether working at the office or on the go:

  • Multi Window: The Galaxy Note 8.0 offers true PC-like multitasking, so you can use two apps side-by-side. Multi-Window now supports 20 apps, including Polaris Office, Google Chrome and Facebook.
  • Air View: Conveniently preview your content without opening files or folders. The S Pen held above the screen allows you to preview pictures in the Gallery, open menus on Web sites, and preview a message or an attachment in an email.
  • AllShare® Play: Pass content to the TV or remotely access files on your desktop computer.
  • Polaris Office: View, create, and edit Microsoft® Office Word® documents, Excel® spreadsheets and PowerPoint® presentations right on your tablet. With the Galaxy Note 8.0, you can add handwritten notes and drawings to your documents.
  • Awesome Note: A note-taking application and to do list manager, Awesome Note enables you to customize folder icons, colors, fonts and backgrounds for quick reference and visual organization.
  • Group Play: Share and collaborate on content, including documents, which allows users to work together.

For those using tablets for work, Samsung offers improved security levels for IT managers and employees. SAFE, or Samsung for Enterprise, is the security standard to provide enterprise- and consumer-friendly devices to businesses and their employees. With SAFE, the Galaxy Note 8.0 supports the needs of IT managers while providing businesses with the functionality needed to enhance productivity.

Powerful Performance

The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a powerful 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB of RAM to ensure optimum performance. Wi-Fi technology with dual-channel bonding offers more efficient connectivity for faster loading of Web pages and video streaming.

With a large, 4,600 mAh battery, the Galaxy Note 8.0 offers long battery life to work and play all day. Beyond the 16GB** of internal memory, the Note 8.0 can handle microSD cards up to 64GB, for a combined possible 80GB of storage. The 5-megapixel camera on the back can shoot 1080p video, and the 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera can handle video chats at 720p resolution.

Preloaded with Content and Services

Buyers will enjoy preloaded content and services valued at over $200, including 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years***, 1 month free of unlimited music streaming in Samsung’s Music Hub, Samsung’s Smart Remote, Awesome Note, and more. For a limited time, they will also receive a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Galaxy Note 8.0, when they register their device.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in white for $399.99 MSRP. Accessories will be available beginning mid-April. These include Book Covers in white, grey, pink or green, as well as USB and HDMI adapters, and a travel charger that connect via the device’s microUSB port.

For multimedia content and more information, please visit www.samsung.com/us/note8.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    $400 for Wi-Fi only? I like this thing, but at this price, it's going to be yet another Samsung tablet destined to die on the shelf.

    • wheineman

      Agreed 100%. Its the same price (or more than) as many great 10" tablets! I could get a TF700 for $350-$400 with the keyboard dock at Best Buy right now.

      I had high hopes for the Note 8.0, but I was also hoping for it to be closer to a $300 price point.

    • NexusKoolaid

      Yeah that's nuts - for only $30 more you can get the 10-inch Wi-Fi Galaxy Note Tab from CostCo.

      • Psmith720

        Walmart has the 10 inch Note for $329 they have had that for a couple of weeks here in Colorado.... Its in store only not online

        • NexusKoolaid

          No they do not. They're selling the Galaxy Tab 10 for $329, but the 10 inch Galaxy Tab NOTE is a different animal, and is more closely related to the 8 inch note than the unit you're referring to. Walmart does sell the 10 inch note for $379, but that's a refurbished model.

    • Jason Hanford-Smith

      I'd rather get a Nook HD+ for $269! 9" and with a true HD screen

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

      Pricing is partly dictated by it's position in the market, think of it as $100 cheaper than a comparable iPad. I have the feeling that many potential customers will be seeing it this way and Samsung knows it.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        And if you think of an iPad Mini as $70 cheaper than that, I have a feeling many potential customers will it see it that way, and Apple knows it.

    • Freak4Dell

      I think $400 is fair for this, actually. Remember, it has the advanced digitizer and stylus support. That stuff costs money. Yeah, if it didn't have that, anything over $300 would be ridiculous, but with those features, I think $400 is okay. Then again, I'm not buying it, and if everyone else thinks $400 is too much, you're right in that it will just sit on the shelf.

    • Matthew Fry

      If it were 1080p and Exynos 5 Octa it'd be worth 400.

    • Gadgetguy

      I recently purchased this tablet and granted it was pricier than some of the other tablets but the smaller size works better for me while commuting to work.

      The stylus and S note function is also a leg up over what's currently available.

      Read my take on it here.

  • Dlongb13

    I have told myself for a while now that I was interested in the Note 8. If they make one with HPSA+ or LTE I could see myself getting one. I love the idea of the Note, but the phone is just to big for me.

  • At

    If they think this will be a contender against the iPad mini they will be highly disappointed. Especially with the retina iPad mini soon to be released with a price tag $100 less.

  • Brian Parkerson

    I want this tablet for it's 8 inch form factor and the S-pen functionality but to have that I'd have to compromise screen resolution, internal memory (only 16g now compared to 32g option that apparently is no longer available), color ( only white because apparently black is no longer available), and it's outdated, overly repetitive look of every other Samsung device, all for almost twice as much as the Nexus 7. I could really use this for my work but man, I just can't justify it even if it is tax deductable!!!

  • Quryous


    I agree, for that price it should have 4G LTE. Otherwise it looks fine.

  • Goldenpins

    You know what Google needs to do. A Nexus Note! id kill for that. I'm too use to Stock Android I cant imagine leaving it for TouchWiz...Honestly Id rather not root and ROM the thing.

  • http://twitter.com/MysteryMannnnn Mystery Man

    um that's more than the iPad mini.... Samsung is becoming just as bad as Apple

  • WHO?

    I might get it..... But i prefer if it has cellular 4g chip for $400 vs $799 i am sure the cost will be when it makes its way to carriers.

  • brutalpanther

    Everything looked sweet until the price was shown.I thought sony was the only overpriced electronics outfit.Think ill wait for the new nexus 7

  • John Prosise

    Okay. I need some advice from a good chorus like this. Yes, I'm sitting down. I've used a trusty (rusty) Palm TX since it came out, because I love the stylus. In the other pocket I've carried a Droid Incredible2. So I saw the Galaxy Note II and thought it would let me carry one device instead of two. And keep my wifi Tab 8.9 on the footstool. The NoteII is good, but it's got problems. I can still sell it. Not sure what to do. Suggestions? Thanks.