Samsung announced today its Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet will land in the United States this Thursday. The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model will cost $399 and is slated to be available at major retail outlets like Staples and Best Buy, as well as Internet stores including Newegg, TigerDirect and Amazon.
The Jelly Bean-based tablet, which has already seen its United Kingdom debut, is likely Samsung's response to the popularity of Apple's iPad Mini and Google's Nexus 7 which run $329 and $199, respectively. The device isn't cheap by comparison, but the tablet does promise an extra inch of real-estate without fully encroaching on its bigger brother's terrority: the Galaxy Note 10.1.
The new Note's specs include an 8-inch WXGA screen (1280 x 800), a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 APU partnered with 2GB of system memory and 16GB of internal storage. The tablet also features a microSD card slot which can accommodate high-capacity 64GB cards. Additionally, the device boasts a generous 4,600 mAh battery, although Samsung skimped on both the rear and front-facing cameras a bit: they weigh in at 5MP and 1.3MP, respectively.
One interesting feature found on the Galaxy Note 8.0 is an integrated infrared transmitter. With this built-in IR transmitter, the tablet can act as a universal touchscreen remote for televisions, Blu-ray players and more.
Samsung is also bundling a number of special offers with its Galaxy Note 8.0, including 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years and a $25 Google Play store credit. For some, this may help offset the tablet's otherwise steep entry price.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is the latest tablet from Samsung's Note family. It runs Android 4.1.2 and packs an 8-inch display with 1,280 by 800 pixels. The Note is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip and 2GB of RAM, it also includes a 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 4,600mAh battery.
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