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MWC: Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 8.0 with call making functionality

Takes the world 'phablet' to a whole new level
Sun Feb 24 2013, 16:49
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

BARCELONA: KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung unveiled the 8in Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress on Sunday, a device which takes the word 'phablet' to a whole new level.

Despite measuring in at 8in, Samsung's latest tablet device will be available in a HSPA+ version which will come with call-making functionality, making this arguable the largest 'phone' available on the market today. While we're not sure who would fancy holding an 8in device to their face to make calls, Samsung seems pretty chuffed with the idea.

Past that, the device echoes the features found on its larger screened Galaxy Note 10.1 sibling. It comes with an included S Pen stylus, for example, enabling users to noodle and note make on its screen, while there's an equally nippy 1.6GHz quad-core processor lurking under the hood of the tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 also arrives running Google's Android 4.1.2 operating system skinned in Samsung's Touchwiz user interface, equipping it with features such as Samsung's S Note application. There's also 2GB RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 4,600mAh battery.

JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile division said, "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.

"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."

There's no word on UK availability or pricing yet, but Samsung has said that the device will make its debut in the second quarter. Check back soon for our hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. µ


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