Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has arrived; this has come as the latest version amongst the Note 10.1 and Note II that is a convergence of a tablet and a Smartphone. The Note 8.0 too is capable of performing dual functions as tablet/ phone. It is enabled with Stylus for better communication and providing a good user experience. Let us find out what goes in favor and what is against it.
What is new?
Everyone seems pleased with the latest offering by Apple in iPad, the iPad mini, when we compare it against Galaxy Note 8.0, 3G model; this seems handy too weighing at 338g. the sleek body measures as thin as 8mm. the entire design is rounded at corners with smooth edges that seems to be somewhat similar to Note II. This tablet also includes an S pen that has a slot to hold it in place at the right hand corner.
The resolution of the screen is 1,280 x 800 pixels that goes pretty well with its 8-inch display and 189-ppi pixel density. As against other slates, it is not as impressive but when we compare it against iPad mini with 163ppi then it seems much better option.
Samsung sports a Exynos processor in its tablet, even though the version is not 8 core it is a quad-core clocked at 1.6GHz. It is more like other Samsung offerings that includes the S III and Note 2. However, you do get a decent RAM of 2GB. The inbuilt storage capacity offered is 32GB with an expandable memory option via microSD card slot.
Looking at what was offered last year by Samsung, the Note 10.1 seemed to lack some technological advancement. With the latest Note 8.0, it seems not only Samsung has improvised but also managed to tweak its technology and made other improvements that makes this tab desirable. For example, the inclusion of S pen is enabled with the technology to even control the buttons for typing. This way you need not swipe to switch between fingers and stylus functionality while using your device.
Air View, is yet another latest addition to the technology that allows you to get a preview. Hover your S pen on menus and third-party apps and see a short preview. Another addition is the Flipboard app that enables in displaying headlines that pop up as soon as you hover your S pen on the titles. Additionally Samsung offers you Awesome Note freely that was only available to iOS users after shelling out a significant fee.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a surprising tool the IR Blaster, this helps you in controlling your electronic devices. Now your Note 8.0 will act as a universal remote to control TV, music players and other media devices. You can control Samsung flagship product and other products as well.
Unlike its previous versions, this 8-inch Note is capable of making phone calls and even send SMS. You can surf internet and even receive a phone call simultaneously. The only drawback seems to be that the 3G model is not yet available to the U.S. public they will receive the Wi-Fi version.
Most of you might be expecting an Android tablet powered with the latest technology and loaded with the best OS by Google. However, all is not as it seems, the Galaxy Note 8.0 version is loaded with Android 4.1.2 OS. This might disappoint you if you were expecting 4.2.2 version as against the Google tab that already sports this. Comparatively Samsung is a bit behind in OS technology.
This new version is not much different from its predecessor but still a few tweaks makes it worthwhile. Feature like Photo Sphere still might be useful to some. Other things include proprietary apps by Samsung that might be a little difficult to use with Android system. Another thing that might annoy you is the overall glossy finish that attracts fingerprints.
The price is yet to be announced officially by the Samsung for Note 8.0, though it seems that this product will be placed in the premium range. You can easily expect it to be around US$329..
The best thing about this latest version is the S pen stylus and the added features with it.
The official global launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is slated for Q2.