Samsung extended the Note brand from phablets to tablets last night with an eight-inch slate unveiled on the eve of Mobile World Congress (MWC).
Showcased at a separate Samsung press event not far from the tech expo in Barcelona, the Note 8.0 features an eight-inch screen that puts it in direct competition with the 7.9-inch display-toting iPad mini. With ppi of 189, however, the new addition to the Note family’s display outperforms Apple’s micro tablet.
Unlike Samsung’s existing Tab range of tablets, the Note 8.0 offers support for the S-Pen stylus that has become Note phablets’ USP and packs a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor and a 1.3-megapixel, front-facing camera.
In a further blurring of phone and tablet functionality and form factors, the Note 8.0 also makes and takes calls.
The slate will be available in 32GB and 64GB variants from launch in Q2, both of which will offer HSPA+ and Wi-Fi support. LTE 4G editions are expected to land at a later date.
JK Shin, President of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said: "The Galaxy Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play.”
The new tablet-shaped addition to Samsung’s 2013 product portfolio comes as the tech giant all-but confirmed that its fourth-generation Galaxy S handset will be unveiled next month in New York.