Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0: A Larger-Than-Life Phablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung has become notorious for releasing larger-than-life smartphones and tablets, highlighted by the 5.55-inch Galaxy Note II handset released late last year. So, it’s unsurprising that the South Korean consumer electronics maker has an even larger Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet in the pipeline. But, what might come as a shocker, is that the device will actually be able to function as a cellular phone as well. 

Yes, the Galaxy Note 8.0 can officially be dubbed as a “phablet,” as Engadget confirms that it will have HSPA+ connectivity on the 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands under the hood. In theory, you could hold the slate up to your head and make phone calls. You might look like an idiot, quite frankly, but you still could. Plugging in a pair of headphones would probably be the more practical solution.

Samsung's Galaxy Note II smartphone, equipped with a large 5.55-inch display.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note II smartphone, equipped with a large 5.55-inch display.

Samsung has equipped the Galaxy Note 8.0 with a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 1,280 x 800 TFT display, HSPA+ and Wi-Fi, microSD and micro-SIM ports, a 4,600 mAh battery and S Pen functionality. The tablet is marginally heavier than the iPad mini, at 11.9 ounces versus 10.8 ounces, but has a subpar plastic shell design akin to other devices in the Galaxy lineup.

The tablet will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean software, with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz skin over top. Pricing and availability information is not yet known, although the device is said to ship in 16 GB and 32 GB models at some point in the second quarter. If you are looking to get a smaller Samsung tablet in the meantime, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 is already available on the market for $199.

Would you consider purchasing this 8-inch “phablet,” or do you prefer to keep your smartphone and tablet separated?


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