The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8-inch Android-based tablet computer produced and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It belongs to the second generation of the Samsung Galaxy Note series tablets, which also includes a 10.1-inch model, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. It was announced on 23 February 2013, and launched in the US on 11 April 2013. Unlike 10.1 inch tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a new size category in the Note series and making its debut at this generation of Note Tablets which like its phablet siblings, also sports Samsung’s S-Pen stylus. It is also Samsung’s first 8-inch tablet which was followed later on by the release of its lower-end sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
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The Galaxy Note 8.0 is released with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. An upgrade to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is available in some areas as an over-the-air update and through Samsung Kies. In February 2014, Samsung included the Galaxy Note 8.0 on their upgrade list for Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Samsung has customized the interface with its TouchWiz UX software. As well as apps from Google, including Google Play, Gmail and YouTube, it has access to Samsung apps such as ChatON, S Note, S Suggest, S Voice, S Translator, S Planner, Smart Remote (Peel), Smart Stay, Multi-Window, Group Play, and All Share Play.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is available in WiFi-only, 3G & WiFi, and 4G/LTE & WiFi variants. Storage ranges from 16 GB to 32 GB depending on the model, with a microSDXC card slot for expansion. It has a 8-inch WXGA TFT screen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It also features a 1.3 MP front camera without flash and 5.0 MP AF rear-facing camera. It also has the ability to record HD videos. The Note 8.0′s camera software falls short of the polish and comprehensiveness of, say, the Galaxy S 4, but it’s not entirely lacking, either.
The usual suspects are all here — scene and shooting modes, filters and toggles for ISO, exposure and white balance — but you won’t find much need for them. The Note 8.0′s default shooting mode does a superb job of capturing scenes, be they landscape, portrait or even macro. The same goes for the autofocus, which you can also tap-to-adjust, though we found little need to do so. On the whole, color reproduction seems balanced with just a slight loss of finer detail evident in shots with a greater depth of field. As you’d expect, fully zoomed-in shots yielded incredibly blurry images, but set the focus to macro and you should be pleased with extreme close-ups. Suffice to say, the Note 8.0′s camera should more than adequately service soccer moms sitting on the sidelines.