Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0/Galaxy Note 510: Best of MWC 2013

Samsung has officially announced its 8-inch display clad Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet for India, soon after it was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week. The Note 8 in India is being sold as Note 510 and not as N5100 as was announced during at the MWC.

Galaxy Note 8.0 arrives with the S-Pen stylus and several features specially crafted to support it. Featuring a 720p HD display, the Galaxy Note 8.0 joins the club with Note, Note II and Note 10.1 tablets - all with voice calling facility. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a subtle take to compete with Apple iPad Mini tablet coming in similar form factor.

The new slim Galaxy Note 8.0 arrives with an 8-inch TFT LCD display supporting native 1280x800 pixel resolution. So the tablet is HD ready and will let you enjoy the high quality multimedia on it. The S-Pen has been embedded on the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. When the S-Pen is pulled out, the tablet automatically detects the stylus and actives the S-Pen supporting menus as well as apps.

Samsung has gone a step ahead on S-Pen with the new Air View where in the user can simply hover the stylus in front of the screen to see previews of different apps. There are several applications such as S Planner, Awesome Notes, Page Notes and multiple apps specially optimised to be used with the S-Pen.

Under the slim chassis, the Galaxy Note 8.0 integrates a quad-core 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 based mobile processor with 2 GB RAM. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will come in 16 GB and 32 GB models - both with a memory card slot supporting up to 64 GB micro SD card. Samsung will offer this tablet in WiFi Only and WiFiƱG model options.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 5 megapixel camera at the back with LED flash to click high quality images and also record HD videos. There is also a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video chatting and self-portrait images.

Samsung has added a dual-band WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n) support to have 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands compatibility on this tablet. Also there is WiFi Direct feature to connect the device with other smartphone/tablet. The WiFiƱG version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 will feature GPS module with A-GPS and GLONASS support for more accurate and quicker location locking profiles.

It is powered by an Exynos 4 Quad processor clocked at 1.6GHz and has 2GB of RAM. The good news is this device runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but with Samsung’s TouchWiz/Nature UX on top.
Samsung's Note series has a new member, the Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung's Note series has a new member, the Galaxy Note 8.0

All of Samsung's Note devices come with S Pens and the Note 510 is no different. The stylus is accompanied by the usual suite of pen-optimised apps. At 338 grams, the Note 8.0 is in the same ballpark as the iPad mini. Just like Apple’s smaller tablet, this one’s back panel is non-removable and contains a 4600 mAh battery. microSD for memory expansion and the micro-SIM slots have been placed under flaps on the left edge.

Here is a quick look at the key specs of the Note 8.0 once again:

  • 8-inch TFT LCD with a 1280 x 800 resolution and a pixel density of 189 ppi
  • HSPA, Class 12 GPRS/EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direc, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • Micro USB 2.0 with MHL-support and USB Host
  • A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • 5 megapixel primary camera with 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16/32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • Also look at Best Of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013

Despite its large size, you can actually use the Note 510 as your primary phone as it has voice-calling functionality out of the box. Besides the Wi-Fi connectivity option, the SIM slot has HSPA+ support for data and voice.

Along with amazing hardware, Samsung has added all its software technologies such as AllShareCast, Samsung ChatOn and even the recently introduced feature - Smart Stay. Multimedia content can be downloaded from the Samsung Hub that includes Learning Hub, Game Hub, Music Hub, Reader Hub and Video Hub.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with a layer of TouchWiz and Live Panel user experience. With several pre-installed Premium Suite of S-Pen applications, the tablet is powerful productivity booster out of the box. To make the tablet run for long time, Samsung has packed a 4600 mAh battery and there is a micro USB 2.0 port to charge it.

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