Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet is coming to the U.S. market on April 11, available in stores and online at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com
A mid-sized addition to the Galaxy Note family of products, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has the power and technology to enable multi-tasking, entertainment and productivity. The S Pen has evolved to improve everyday usability with Air View; and Multi Window now supports more apps to perform tasks simultaneously.
The Galaxy Note 8.0, conceived as a direct competitor to the iPad, will be the first product to feature Samsung WatchON, a new search and recommendation service that alleviates the chore of channel surfing and makes finding TV shows and on-demand video content faster. Samsung WatchON simplifies the process of discovering new content to watch by searching across multiple content sources, such as live TV, YouTube, and streaming video-on-demand sources such as Blockbuster and Samsung's Media Hub, to recommend movies and TV shows. It also provides complementary content including actor bios, reviews and related information.
With the built-in IR blaster, the Galaxy Note 8.0 acts as a universal remote. Users can browse for content then change the channel on the TV or cable box directly from the search window.
The tablet features an 8-inch WXGA (1280x800) screen along with the Reading Mode, which adjusts color and brightness to an optimal level for reading. It provides the ability to customize fonts and themes so select books, magazines, documents and Web pages are easier to read. Smart Stay also keeps the screen awake while you are reading.
Multi-tasking and productivity features include Multi Window, which allows users to use two apps side-by-side. Multi-Window now supports 20 apps, including Polaris Office, Google Chrome and Facebook.
The S Pen held above the screen allows users to preview pictures in the Gallery, open menus on Web sites, and preview a message or an attachment in an email.
With AllShare Play, users can pass content to the TV or remotely access files on their desktop computer.
Polaris Office allows users yo view, create, and edit Microsoft Office Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations right on the tablet.
A note-taking application and to do list manager, Awesome Note enables users to customize folder icons, colors, fonts and backgrounds for quick reference and visual organization.
With the Group Play, users can share and collaborate on content, including documents.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and 2GB of RAM. Wi-Fi technology with dual-channel bonding offers more efficient connectivity for faster loading of webpages and video streaming.
With a large, 4,600 mAh battery, the Galaxy Note 8.0 offers long battery life to work and play all day. Beyond the 16GB of internal memory, the Note 8.0 can handle microSD cards up to 64GB, for a combined possible 80GB of storage. The 5-megapixel camera on the back can shoot 1080p video, and the 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera can handle video chats at 720p resolution.
Samsung is offering buyers pre-loaded content and services valued at over $200, including 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, 1 month free of unlimited music streaming in Samsung's Music Hub, Samsung's Smart Remote, Awesome Note, and more. For a limited time, they will also receive a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Galaxy Note 8.0, when they register their device.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in white for $399.99 MSRP. Accessories will be available beginning mid-April. These include Book Covers in white, grey, pink or green, as well as USB and HDMI adapters, and a travel charger that connect via the device?s microUSB port.