Samsung Galaxy Note 8 unveiled

Samsung's 8in tablet, unveiled at MWC 2013, will have S Pen and the ability to make phone calls

Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy Note 8, the first 8in Android tablet to also boast the ability to make and receive phone calls.

The tablet has long been rumoured, and is expected to be the main focus for Samsung at MWC 2013 in Barcelona this week.

As with other Note products, the Galaxy Note 8 includes Samsung's S Pen active stylus technology, for jotting down notes and sketches directly on-screen. It can also run multiple apps - an ability it inherits from other Note devices - so users can make notes while viewing other apps.

Samsung's iPad mini rival measures 135 x 76 x 211mm (WDH), weighs a feather-light 337g, and sports a 1,280 x 800, standard TFT display. Inside, there's a quad-core 1.6GHz Samsung Exynos CPU, 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

The Note 8 runs Android 4.1.2, and other specifications include HSPA+ support, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 4 and a huge 4,600mAh battery. The cameras don't look terribly impressive though, with only a 5-megapixel snapper on the rear and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing unit for video-conferencing calls.

Samsung has not yet announced pricing for the Galaxy Note 8 or a specific release date. However, with the ability to make calls and that active stylus tech, don't expect it to compete at the cheaper end of the compact tablet market with tablets such as the Nexus 7.

We'll be grabbing some hands-on time with the device just as soon as the show opens its doors, so watch this space for our first-look review.

Key specs:

  • 1,280 x 800, 8in TFT screen
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of storage
  • Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • 4,600mAh battery
  • microSD slot
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front camera

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