Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note 8" Tablet [MERGED]

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by SeanR1, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
  2. apolloa, Feb 23, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2013

    macrumors 603


    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note 8" Tablet


    And a hands on:

    Now, this device is, I find, hilarious, because they have styled it after a phone and it even has an earpiece at the top! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....

    Seriously, are you REALLY going to hold an 8" TABLET to the side of your face??? Are you REALLY going to feel comfortable doing that? Because everyone will be laughing at you if you did do that! What are Samsung thinking??
    Although reading the reports they will be offering it as a WiFi only model which is just as well! But also 3G and LTE versions should you feel the need to look like a berk.

    Anyway apart from that it has quad core yadda yadda. Screen is 1280 by 800 so if the iPad 2 comes with retina it should easily beat that.
    On sale in Q2 with Jelly Bean out the box. It does have 2GB of ram however and if you watch the vid, the device does seem very fast and smooth.

    Think I'll stick with my Nexus 7, but I do know a LOT of you guy's have a Note or Note 2, do you like this new potential phablet?

    EDIT some more videos for you:

    A hardware comparison between the Nexus 7, iPad Mini and the Galaxy Note 8.0:
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jun 21, 2010
    They should have put a better screen in it. Other than that, it looks alright. I'm partial to iOS for tablets.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I'm all about phablets but this is just weird. I think the Note 2 is a great size for a phablet, but it's pushing the limits of what is pocket friendly.
  5. macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
    It's an 8-inch phone.


    8. INCH. PHONE.
  6. macrumors 603


    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Yeah, I'm guessing it's got something to do with the Wacom digitizer system as none of the Notes have great or very high resolution screens. And considering the Nexus 10 has the highest res screen at the moment (most likely not after this week!), then it's not like Samsung can't make them.
  7. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    It has an earpiece.

    Why does it have an earpiece?


  8. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
  9. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    I can't WAIT to see someone hold this to their ear in public.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    No tablet ui? And an earpiece!? This is just a massive phone.
  11. Guest

    Jul 29, 2007

    Time to sell my iPad Mini and Note 2.

    Hope this thing is going to be under $350. Hope Samsung doesn't get cocky and start selling these at $399 for the wifi model and $499 for the LTE model.

    Most logical price point for the wifi only model is $349.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    The Note 8 has the same problem as my iPad mini.

    It's too wide to hold comfortably in one hand. My preference is to hold my mini without a case. Apple failed to shape the edges so as to be rounded & comfortable. The back edge is rounded, but the display side is beveled & very uncomfortable. It's very slippery as well.

    On the other hand Google crafted a very comfortable shape on the edges of my Nexus 7. Plus instead of the slippery flat aluminum of the mini, there's a nice soft touch grippy rubberized back which makes the Nexus extremely comfortable and secure to hold. That plus being 15mm narrower makes it ideal.

    I'm eager to see what the ergonomics are like on the upcoming Galaxy S4, Google X phone, and the next iPhone if it includes a comparable sized display. I wonder how much longer it will take Apple to release theirs. Sounds like several of the Android phones may beat Apple to market by months.

    I'd sure like a competitive iPhone.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2003
    It's suddenly become clear to me, that Samsung's only interest in flexible screens, is to be able to ultimately create a gargantuan phablet that can be wrapped around your head like a turban. :p


    Another big fat stupid thing, with big fat stupid bezels.

    Why ,why, why ...
  15. macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    I have the Galaxy Note 2 and love it but this Note 8 is kind of lacking. Samsung should have used a 1080p resolution at that size and since it isn't AMOLED, I'm not sure if it will have the awesome blacks and vibrant colors AMOLED users love. The internal storage should have started at 32gb and 64 gb instead of 16 gb and 32 gb.

    And the bezel is way too big. It is not proprtionate to the Note 2.

    I am interested in seeing what the price is before making a final judgment. If the price is low enough, then I can see this as being very popular with students to take notes on because of the s pen, multitasking, file system, ability to plug usb drives into it, and the best size for classroom use when you have to go around campus. If the price is low enough, then my criticisms become moot.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2012
    It's a damn shame that Samsung will bend to the carriers wishes and strip the phone functionality from this on the U.S. version :(

    Plus this would need a Logitech Ultrahin keyboard (like the mini does) available for it before it can compete with the iPad mini.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    The S pen is way better than a portable keyboard.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    I tried watching this and took it seriously UNTIL he said 3g can be used as a phone. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T DO IT.
  19. macrumors 68040


    Eh, no interest in this. If I were to pick up a tablet, it'd be this years iPad or iPad mini or the Nexus.
  20. macrumors 603

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Can't wait to get it

    Wonder how much it would cost here

    If you can use it as 3G which carrier in the UK will have it?
  21. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2013
    You mean the same way Apple should have put a better screen on the iPad mini? :rolleyes:
  22. macrumors demi-goddess


    May 15, 2008
    I used to have fun using my original Galaxy Tab 7 as a phone. And just to annoy my brothers I would switch off my headset sometimes and hold it to my ear!

    (tho with headset having just the one device in my bag was much better). Still as I eventually decided to stick to one platform its not for me; but I do know several friends who will want one of these.
  23. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    International version = It's basically a note 2. Why would they sell it for $250-300 less than the note 2? Surely that just makes the note 2 & GS3 very overpriced if they do...
  24. Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    Because the galaxy note 10.1 sells for $499. You think the Galaxy Note 8" is going to cost more than the galaxy note 10.1?
  25. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    I get that Samsung's MO right now is just market saturation (apparently they're carpet bombing the Oscars eith commercials) but why would they release a new tablet with the S3 design language when the S4 most likely will have a different design? And what's the point of the Note and Tab? Why not just combine them into one product line? :confused:

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