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Galaxy Note 8.0 Shown Off At MWC, Includes Phone Capabilities!

Posted In News, Reviews - By AndroidPress on Monday, February 25th, 2013 With No Comments »


We’ve been hearing over and over that 2013 is going to be the year of the phablet, with large devices from various OEMs coming to the market, thanks to the success and consumer demand for Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Note 2.

A phablet I would suppose runs anywhere between 5″ to 5.5″, a device that maxes out what’s physically capable of fitting in one’s hand. If it doesn’t fit in a normal hand, I guess this is the benchmark for when the device needs to be considered a tablet. As such, the Nexus 7 is tablet. The Galaxy Note is a phablet.

What’s more, if something is considered a tablet because it cannot fit in your hand, it does not come with phone capabilities simply because it cannot be held up to your ear. Make sense?

The above logic is what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from device manufacturers in the past two to three years. Samsung, on the other hand, never seems to be on-board with the status quo. Someone over at Samsung thinks it’s fun to break the rules, something that the company can afford to do given their size and reach in consumer markets. Although Samsung may have copied a few of Apple’s ideas a few years ago, I think everyone can agree Samsung has clearly taken the lead in the innovation department the past couple of years.

As such, this weekend at MWC in Barcelona, over at the Samsung booth, the Galaxy Note 8.0 was officially unveiled. The device has been the subject of many Internet discussion forums for the past few months, with leaked specs and pictures in the past few weeks pretty much being spot-on with what Samsung presented.

Of course, the device has an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and a pixel density of 189ppi, slightly higher that what see on an iPad Mini’s 163ppi (suck it Apple). Inside, we find Samsung’s 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and the option of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Standing apart from other tablet offerings from manufactures, the Note 8.0 comes with the company’s S Pen stylus, optimized for some of the Note’s TouchWiz apps, like Samsung’s S Note and handwritten email software.

What’s really interesting about the device is that although an LTE variant is still in the works, the Note 8.0 offers cellular connectivity via HSPA+. Yes, this tablet (phablet?) includes phone capabilities. Let me say that again, or rather, say that another way. One can attempt to hold the 8-inch up to their ear to take and make calls. Hope you have really, really big hands.

So, let’s think about this for a second. Samsung wants us to take our sim cards out of our pocket-friendly phones and put them in this thing? How are we supposed to carry this thing around all day? I suppose we could throw this into a bag and live our lives permanently with a bluetooth headset. I don’t know, it just seems rather goofy.

Am I missing or overlooking something here? The Note 8.0 definitely seems like a decent tablet compared to what else is out there at present. But, does anyone out there realistically see a way to use this as their phone? I simply don’t get it.

Pricing was not revealed at MWC, but expect the Galaxy Note 8.0 to be in stores in the second quarter of this year.

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[Android Central]

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