The iPad Mini was met with a fair bit of skepticism.  But yet despite naysayers the almost 8-inch device sold out time and time again during the holidays, or so Apple would have us all believe.  Needless to say, the 7 to 8-inch tablet category is on fire thanks to their size, or lack there of, and increased usability over a smartphone.

Last year – August to be exact – Samsung finally launched the Note 10.1, a 10-inched tablet that featured the company’s S-Pen technology, State Side.  And now after a few short months, they’ve already unveiled the tablet’s 8-inch variant, the Note 8.0.

The Samsung S Pen technology continues in the Galaxy Note 8.0.  Yet according to The Verge the tablet’s hardware keys can now be activated using the stylus and third-party apps are compatible with the S Pen’s hover feature.  Unfortunately, the Note 8.0 will ship with Android 4.1.2 – hardly the latest Android OS – but it will include Samsung’s newest TouchWiz software.

OS shortcomings aside, the Note 8.0 features a 1200×800 touch display, a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage with a microSD card, a 1.2MP front facing camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a very svelte build of just 7.95mm and 338g.  Despite the Note 8.0 dimensions (210.8mm x 135.9mm) there is an included earpiece and microphone for making phone calls, and as ridiculous as that might look it’s not a feature that hurts to have.

Shipping with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a new piece of software called TV Discovery.  And that pairs perfectly with the Note 8.0′s built-in IR blaster for changing channels on your TV.  According to The Verge it’s powered by Peel, the same company powering the HTC One‘s TV guide.

Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t said when or how much, and if we’ll see it in the US.  That being said, you can expect WiFi, HSPA, and LTE variants.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."