Starting 24 April 2013, Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) has announced the launch and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 – the latest 8″ Android tablet, with included S-Pen, a part of the Note series for stylus and touch usage.
As with the Note series, every device in this category comes with the S-Pen stylus, which gives allows you to use it for Samsung apps like S-Note (draw/write notes), S Planner (using Air View to hover for more details), Quick Command (swipe gesture with the S Pen to launch shortcut functions) and so much more.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the functions and feature for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is similar, just with a bigger 8″ screen that’s not too big for a tablet but just portable enough to fit into your (larger) jeans pocket or handbag for the ladies.
Yes, 7″ – 8″ tablets are becoming very popular these days. This includes Apple backtracking on their words and even releasing the iPad mini, Nexus 7 being one of the most popular Android tablet at 7″ screen size and more manufacturers releasing 7″ tablets. Personally, I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 for over a year now, and I absolutely love this size for its portability.
Just in case you’re not familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, here’s a quick overview of the specs:-
- 8″ WXGA TFT display (1280 X 800)(189 ppi)
- 1.6 GHz quad core Exynos processor
- 16 GB internal storage (expandable up to 64 GB microSD slot) + 2 GB RAM
- Powered by Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 OS (with Samsung TouchWiz interface)
- 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
- 7.95 mm thin, weighing only 345 grams
- 4,600 mAH non-removable battery
- Connectivity : HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB port (charge/sync)
- Available in Pearl White only
For your pleasure, here are some official product images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 :-
Pricing and Availability
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is available on sale now at the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM 1,699 at Samsung retail stores, with mobile telco plans or other retailers.
Celcom – Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 from RM 1.088
Currently, only Celcom has published a telco plan for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. No news on the other telcos, if they’re offering any plans for this device.
Celcom offers the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 from RM 1.088 with their telco plans at https://www.celcom.com.my/personal/devices/tablets/overview/samsung-galaxy-note-8.0
Other Offline and Online retailer with discounts
You can also purchase them online at SenHeng at http://www.senheng.com.my/tablets/12530-samsung-galaxy-note-80-16gb-wifi-3g-sam-gt-n5100zwaxme.html
There’s also other retailers offering the device at cheaper prices online:-
- SenQ started pre-orders on 22 Apr 2013, which means it’s already on sale now
- IP Mart is selling the device for RM 1,543 in White HERE and Black HERE (I didn’t know Black existed?? Although it’s listed as “Pre-Order”)
- Lazada Malaysia is selling it for
RM 1,499(Update : Promo ended) RM 1,688 in White HERE
Reviews Around The InterWebz
I’m trying to sell my one year old Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (Update : It’s SOLD) and upgrading to this Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Personally, I much prefer the screen size of a 8″ device, than the 7″ version. It’s slightly bigger but works much better as a tablet, compared to other 5.5″ phablets.
Having reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note II, there are some great features that I find useful in a tablet form factor, which includes:-
- Air View – use the S Pen to hover over pictures, calendar etc to view more details without tapping to open
- Multi window – Multi task by opening 2 apps in separate windows
- S Note – Handwriting recognition, clipped images, draw images, record meetings and audio notes, etc. This is something handy for a regular scribbler like me.
- Quick Command – Swipe gesture on screen with the S Pen to launch Quick Command for shortcuts for Google Search, send email, call contact, etc
See Also : Samsung Galaxy Note II User Review
Since I don’t have a review unit of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with me (which is why I’ll likely buy one with my own money), here are some interesting reads on reviews from other major tech sites.
- CNET Asia : Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (Quad-core Processor 1.6GHz, 8-inch Display)
- TechRadar : Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review
- Engadget : Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review
- The Verge : Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Review
Did anyone of you get the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0? Are you looking forward to get one? Are you waiting for me to review one? *wink*