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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in the flesh

Officially announced just 3 days ago, Samsung showed us their new Galaxy Note 8.0 in a regional event here in Jakarta, Indonesia. Check out our hands-on impressions after the break.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 fills the gap left by the Galaxy Note 2 at 5.5 inches and the Galaxy Note 10.1 at 10 inches. The obvious gap is filled by the Note 8.0 and is also probably a response to the popular iPad Mini.

The shape and feel of the tablet is actually closer to the Note 2 than the Note 10.1 with all that curves and glossy finish. The tapered edges gives it a perception that it’s very thin but we couldn’t shake the fact that it’s just 7.95mm only (feels a bit thicker to me).

The TouchWiz UI is very familiar and instead of just 4 icons per row, the Note .80 was able to squeeze in 6 icons so they look more proportionate to the size of the tablet.

Here’s a quick YouTube video demo we took earlier.

The Note 8.0 has pretty good hardware specifications although we felt they cut some corners here like the HD display. We suspect that Samsung is going to pit this against the iPad Mini so the slightly controlled maneuver on the specs will still beat the latter on paper and manage to inch pretty close to same the retail price.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 specs:
8-inch TFT WXGA display @ 800×1280 pixel, 189ppi
Samsung Exynos 4 1.6GHz quad-core processor
16GB, 32GB internal memory
micro SD up to 64GB
5 megapixel camera (no flash)
1080p @ 30fps video recording
1.3 megapixel front camera
WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0
Android 4.1 Jellybean
Li-Ion 4,600mAh battery
210.8 X 135.9 x 7.9mm (dimensions)
338g (weight)

Samsung did not indicate when they will release the Galaxy Note 8.0 in the Philippines nor its retail price but our earlier reports point it to around Php16k to Php17k.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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27 Responses

  1. anOnymous says:

    Please update when and where

  2. ren says:

    What makes a note II expensive?

  3. lolwut says:

    I think this is not going to sell here in Ph. I mean it’s a fail attempt to compete with the iPad. Don’t get me wrong, I like Samsung and I have some of their products, but making a product so as to counter an Apple device to me equates to attention whoring. Besides there are several other brands that are cheaper.

    • Grumphus says:

      Attention whoring as in competition? The Galaxy Note 8.0 will definitely sell here. Samsung Philippines recently promoted it on their Facebook page.

      I have a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and is a pretty good device for the price. Definitely not interested with the Note 8.0 since it has a disappointing screen.

      But the Note 8.0 has a nice stylus and has plenty of good TouchWiz features like the multiwindow and Samsung Dive. That combined with the Exynos processor are enough premiums that make it worth the cheaper brands.

    • garz says:

      Your logic failed you, Mr. lolwut.

    • Thor says:

      If Samsung would price this at between P12k & P14k, it would be a huge hit in the Philippines, bcoz that would then become affordable to many students — this device’s biggest target market.

      As for the Ipad Mini, I own one at the moment and I barely use it. I have problems with compatibility and it’s very frustrating. I think the Note 8.0 will be quite useful bcoz of the S Pen, which seems user friendly. I just hope this comes out before classes would end this month.

  4. Dan_md says:

    In spite of the ridiculous childish design, it will still sell because it’s still quite a steal compared to the iPad mini due to the higher resolution and mobile connecticity (3G/HSDPA) at a lower price. The design is the real letdown here.

  5. benchmark says:

    tama ba? may phone capabilities itong note 8?

    if may capabilities ito na phone and the price is just around 16k…this is a big steal…and I might prefer this over ipad mini.

  6. Smokescreen says:

    Might be a minor thing to some, but I was disappointed that the camera doesn’t have an LED flash. The Note 10.1 has a flash. So I’m wondering why Samsung sacrificed the flash on the Note 8.0

    • lolwut says:

      Why? Are you one of those people that takes pictures with their tablet in public? I hope you know how stupid that looks.

    • Smokescreen says:

      lolwut – Why? Are you one of those people who are judgmental of those whose opinions run contrary to yours? I hope you know how idiotic that looks.

      And you didn’t even get the context of the post. Point is you are marketing this as a different size/version of a previous model. So why not port over all specs as well to the note 8.0.

    • Justin says:

      @lolwut: Agree! Those people who take pictures with their tablet in public look ridiculous.

      @Smokescreen: I also agree with you, bro. Iba talaga ang quality ng photos pag may flash.

    • Kilroy says:

      Its the consumers discretion to take pictures in public using tablet, btw ano pang silbi ng tablet bakit ito may camera. Lahat naman ata ng tablet especially yung malalaki may camera, yung iilang 7 inch models pa nga ang walang camera. Yung regarding sa flash, baka di nilagyan para maka compete sa price, kung sa bagay wala din namang flash ang ipad mini.

  7. Gen says:

    thick bezels….. bleh!

  8. Justin says:

    Black!!! Black!!! Black!!! … I hate white!

  9. Anti_kimchi says:

    It does look odd seeing ppl taking pics with a big tab, but if enough ppl did it it wouldn’t be strange any longer. It would be the norm. Kind-a-like the morons watching the STOOPID Korean asshole psy. Anti_kimchi=anti_koreans. Ahhhh. The Philippines. No hate crimes here.

    Why is the note 2 so ex

  10. Anti_kimchi says:

    Why is the note 2 so expensive?

    Because they can. Because dummies will pay the high price for shinny, crappy plastic!

  11. Star_mobile_user says:

    @Anti_Kimchi: hahahaha you are entertaining.. I know what you mean abt koreans. They are buying up Cebu and then making the shops exclusively for koreans. No Cebuanos allowed..

  12. Ivan says:

    Why is the note 2 expensive? Because it is a cellphone. It has mobile connection. This tablet has no mobile connection. That is why!

    Anyway, this tablet’s resolution is another disappointment. Only 189 ppi.

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  14. lllbenjolll says:

    Yuck to all apple products. If you own an apple product, then i bet one way or the other you would wish your gadget could do simple things and make life easier but they just don’t. Note 8 will definitely sell in the philippines. Ipad mini is a nice looking piece of crap. Kung alam nyo lang talaga, ang hirap kaya gamitin ng ipads and iphones which are so pc dependent. May pa iphone 5 iphone 5 pa, wala namang desktop o laptop hahhaha saan kaya sila nagsisync ng itunes to update their playlist? Sa piso piso internet cafe? Hahahhaha

    • Ryan says:

      troll, look at the price of the piece of junk 24k? with thousand of apps not compatible to 8 inches. yeah buy one then slam it to your head.

    • lllbenjolll says:

      24k only for this gadget? I expected 30k. im not trolling about apple products especially the ipad and the iphones. they are just useless. note 8 shouldn’t even be compared to ipad mini coz note 8 is a phablet. ipad mini is just a tablet.

  15. suizcide says:

    Basta samsung mahal.. ung SG Grand ko nga po, akala ko 8Gb talaga phone memory un pla ung 4Gb nun OS nya. Ayun nabili na e la na magagawa : ( sighs

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