Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 Android tablet at MWC 2013 today. As expected, the mid-sized device, which fits nicely between the larger Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and smaller Galaxy Note II smartphone, houses an 8-inch WXGA (1280×800, 189 ppi) display, Exynos 1.6GHz A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage with microSD card slot, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, WiFi / HSPA+ connectivity, and a 4600mAh battery.
“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,” Said Samsung Mobile President JK Shin.
Along with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with all the usual suspects involving TouchWiz and S-Pen optimized enhancements. This includes popular software features like S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration, S Pen Gesture, Multi-Window view, Dual View split-screen, Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist, Air View, Popup Note, Popup Video, Shape Match, Formula Match, Idea Sketch, and Smart Remote. A new feature, called Awesome Note, offers unlimited note-taking uses including Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists. Furthermore, the S Pen can now control the physical menu and back buttons through WACOM technology.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the rest of SouthEast & SouthWest Asia, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America starting in Q2 of 2013. Pricing has not been revealed at this time.