Samsung finally announced the most talked about tablet (or phablet?) in a press release prior to Mobile World Congress 2013. Most of the rumors were actually right and the official statement just made it formal. Check out the specs of Galaxy Note 8.0 after the jump.

A month ago, we posted about the leaked specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 which was reported by Sammobile. And yes, the specs they revealed were surprisingly spot on apart from the supposed Super Clear LCD but it turned out it be a Samsung PLS display.

The display of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is nothing to get excited about. The 1280×800 pixel resolution is decent but there are already rumors that the successor of the Nexus 7 will sport a full HD (1920×1080) resolution so that means that it will face a tough competitor when that gets announced in this year’s Google I/O.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad (4412) SoC that has 4 ARM Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.6GHz and a now flagship standard 2GB of RAM. Also, the GPU used is the same as on the Galaxy Note 10.1 which is the Mali 400MP4 GPU so we can expect this tablet to be a heavy duty gaming machine.


Since it’s a Galaxy Note, that means the integrated S-Pen on its siblings will also ship with this device. It’s what separates it from other Galaxy devices, after all. The Galaxy Tab line was mainly intended for media consumption while the Note line was more geared towards productivity through the use of the S-Pen and the awesome multiwindow feature. An interesting feature that’ll make a debut on the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the special reading mode which looks like a modification on the settings of white balance/color calibration to help reduce eyestrain when reading. Together with Smart Stay, which lets the front camera to detect whether you’re looking at the tablet or not, it makes it quite a nifty reading gadget. Indeed, it’s a great advantage against other tablets in its class, specifically on  Apple’s iPad Mini.

Galaxy Note 8.0 Philippines

Galaxy Note 8.0 Specs

  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (upgradeable to 4.2)
  • 8-inch Samsung PLS  Display, 1280×800 pixel resolution, 189 ppi
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage
  • microSD support (up to 64GB via microSD)
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HSPA+21.1Mbps (3G version)
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • microUSB v2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS (3G version)
  • Weight: 338 grams
  • Dimensions: 210.8×135.9mm (3G version)
  • 4600 mAh battery

Samsung didn’t announced the price of Galaxy Note 8.0 yet but the release date of Q2 this 2013 is already certain. However, it’s still unclear where it will go on sale first. If we will base this on previous releases, the Philippines should be one of the first countries who’ll get treated with this new phablet. If Samsung will pit this to the iPad Mini, we’re guessing a price of $299 or below which translates to roughly Php12,000. What do you think?

[Image Credit: AnandTech, TheVerge]

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  1. I’m more than excited getting one for myself. I’m hoping it will have a GSM so it can be used for texting and calling. Then I can throw my CPs away and carry just one device wherever I’ll go.

  2. I wonder why Samsung opted for a non removable battery for this. In any case, I’m not too hot with it looking like a blown up Note 2. Great specs, though.