Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review: first look

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review: first look

The South Korean company is trying to capture all niches in the mobile device market, so the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet was no surprise. The compact gadget complies with the same design rules as other high-end devices of the Korean manufacturer. The novelty received an S-Pen and a large number of exclusive programs.

Below we provide the main features of the tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: The backSamsung Galaxy Note 8.0 smartphone: side view

Galaxy Note 8.0 specification:

  • general: optional works on 2G / 3G / 4G networks;
  • form factor: tablet;
  • dimensions: 210.8×135.9×8 mm, weight – 338 grams;
  • display: 8 inches, 16 million colors, TFT capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels (189 ppi);
  • Style: S-Pen, 1024 pressure levels;
  • chipset: Exynos 4412 Quad;
  • processor: ARM Cortex-A9 processor with four quad-core cores;
  • GPU: Mali-400MP;
  • RAM: 2 GB;
  • operating system: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean;
  • memory: 16/32 GB, microSD card slot;
  • camera: 5 megapixels with autofocus, face recognition, tactile focus and image stabilization, 1.3 megapixel front camera;
  • camcorder: Full HD video recording (30 frames per second);
  • Communications: Wi-Fi a / b / g / n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port with MHL (TV output, USB-host), GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5-audio jack mm, NFC;
  • Battery: 4600 mAh.

All of these are very well known, aren't they? Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is more than just a converted Galaxy Note II. Or maybe it's a shortened version of Galaxy Note 10.1? The only difference is the new S-Pen style features that are built into Android 4.1.2 and the latest TouchWiz interface.

Features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 smartphone

The screen is made using TFT PLS technology and has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. This is more like last year's devices. The pixel density is 189 ppi. We were hoping to see, of course, the Super AMOLED matrix and we were a little disappointed. In principle, the screen is not bad, but with medium contrast, so it cannot be called a premium display.

As for the camera, this 5 megapixel matrix can shoot Full HD video at 30 frames per second and is also equipped with an LED flash.

In the design, the South Korean company did not take risks, respecting the style of Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. The finish of the tablet makes it look like a flagship smartphone.

Note that Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 supports phone calls (at least in 3G / 4G versions).

The weight of the device is 338 grams, is comfortable in the hand, but remains slightly heavier than the iPad Mini.

The Jelly Bean Android 4.1.2 operating system, along with the TouchWiz Nature UX user interface, have a number of exciting features, such as Smart Stay, multi-window mode for increased multitasking, Air View and Popup Play capabilities. AllShare Play and Cast are also present.

S-Pen remains as useful as ever, indispensable for selecting, highlighting and editing text and images. He is also capable of performing the same tricks as in note 10.1.

There is also an IR transmitter that allows you to use the device as a remote control.

Inside the tablet is a battery that cannot be detached with a capacity of 4600 mAh, which is not so bad for a device of this size.

Now let's see the performance of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The tablet runs on the Exynos 4412 Quad chipset with a 4-core Cortex-A9 processor. This, of course, is not the last word in mobile technology, but we decided to test it.

Benchmark Pi test for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

LinPack test for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

It was surprising that in the AnTuTu and Quadrant tests, our test subject was significant before the Galaxy Note II.

Quadrant for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Sunspider for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Browsermark 2 for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Vellamo for Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Overall, the results were quite expected. Galaxy Note 8.0 uses last year's hardware, so it's not able to compete with the new flagships. Despite all this, the chipset is free to attract modern software.

We'll find out more about the tablet in the coming months, as Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 should be appearing on store shelves around the world. We will also be preparing a more in-depth review of the gadget soon.

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