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Galaxy Note family grows

Samsung is expanding its Galaxy Note family this week with a fresh entry: the Galaxy Note 8.0. As its name implies, this new member features an 8" TFT display (sorry, no AMOLED here) with a screen resolution of 1280x800.
Inside, you'll find a 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD expansion slot (supports up to 32GB) and a 4600 mAh battery. The tablet/smartphone will run Android 4.1.2 with a dash of TouchWiz.
Models being shown at MWC 2013 are equipped with HSPA+, but models destined for the U.S. in Q2 will feature LTE capability.

Source: Samsung

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RE: Imagine...
By FITCamaro on 2/24/2013 7:37:26 PM , Rating: 3
1280x800 is just fine in my Nexus 7 to me. Everything is very crisp.

RE: Imagine...
By retrospooty on 2/24/2013 8:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, it's okay for me to but it is last year's product. This 1 is an inch bigger and is the same Res and its a year later. if it's 199 I guess that's okay but it will still need to compete with a full HD Nexus 7 in a few months and I'll bet my left nut the Nexus 7 will be cheaper.

RE: Imagine...
By StevoLincolnite on 2/24/2013 9:29:49 PM , Rating: 3
It will all come down to price.
I believe there isn't any bad/horrible tablets, just wrongly priced ones.

RE: Imagine...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/25/2013 9:08:09 AM , Rating: 2
Yes last years resolution. You speak of resolution as something that must increase every year, like CPU or memory. But obviously that isn't feasible. So in two years any mobile device that doesn't sport-oh lets say 4k resolution- sucks? If 720p+ for small screens isn't "enough" resolution, what is?

Samsung is walking a tightrope now for sure. They somehow have to make the Note line and Nexus line equally viable and attractive, without one completely displacing the other. They aren't always going to get things right.

RE: Imagine...
By retrospooty on 2/25/2013 10:31:55 AM , Rating: 2
"you speak of resolution as something that must increase every year"

No, not every year, I suspect it will stay where it is now ("now" being better than 1280x800 for 7-10 inch devices) but products released last year in this size range had it. This years products have better res, (except for Samsungs products) That's all I am saying. I was let down, because I would REALLY love to have an 8 inch phablet with better res. The 7 inch is a bit small, and 10 inch makes me just want a laptop. For ereaders, and browsing, an 8 inch tablet with 1920x1200, or even 1680x1050 if it existed would be absolutely perfect. I would buy it in a second. This one? Not even getting a second look due to the res.

RE: Imagine...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/25/2013 10:43:00 AM , Rating: 2
I was let down, because I would REALLY love to have an 8 inch phablet with better res.

I hear ya. And I'm sure that's coming, knowing Samsung and how fast they release stuff.

This years products have better res, (except for Samsungs products)

Someone has an 8 inch 'Phablet with better res than this?

RE: Imagine...
By retrospooty on 2/25/2013 10:53:40 AM , Rating: 2
I am not aware of anyone else with an 8 inch anything O= ...

I wouldnt want a phone, I would just be getting a Wifi version. At that, there are 7's, and 8.9's and 10's. Even the Note 10 has 1280x800. The fire and Nook 8.9's have 1920x1200 and are cheap as hell, the Nexus 10 has an amazing 2560x1600 (ironically made by Sammy). Any decent new phones and phablets I have seen announced or released has 5-6 inch screens and 1920x1080.

I like a good cheap product, thus why I bought a Nexus 7 for $199, but I am looking to upgrade. Whatever, obviously this one is not for me.

RE: Imagine...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/25/2013 11:21:15 AM , Rating: 3
Wait I'm confused, I don't believe there WILL be a Wifi version of this device. As far as I know, anything designated as a "Note" will be a phablet only.

I see your point, I just feel we aren't fairly comparing similar devices. This isn't a tablet. And obviously Samsung can't compete with the FireHD, which is sold at a near loss by Amazon, hoping to make it up on the back-end with media sales.

RE: Imagine...
By retrospooty on 2/25/2013 12:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
"Wait I'm confused, I don't believe there WILL be a Wifi version of this device"

One Says LTE and Wifi, the other says Wifi only for us, but both do say Wifi

"LTE and WiFi-only models are currently in the works, with that latter variant headed to US shores."

" While in most international markets the Note 8 will include 3G (HSPA+ 21) capability, in the U.S. it'll strictly be a Wi-fi-only tablet"

RE: Imagine...
By NellyFromMA on 2/24/2013 10:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
Some people insist if it isn't cutting edge its no good.

That was ok in the PC era because they were very upgradable but in the "post-PC" era, I have no real appetite for buying expensive devices for marginal improvements.

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