After spending months making speculations on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, it is good to see that the tablet is finally official. Sporting an 8” (1280 x 800) display, its pixel density is a tad higher than the iPad Mini’s at 189ppi. It is driven by the reasonably powerful 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Exynos 4 Quad processor.

The 2GB of RAM ensures acceptable multitasking performance, while the microSD card slot offers additional option for the 16/32GB of internal storage. There are also a 1.3Mp snapper on the front for quick video chat session and a 5Mp rear-facing camera. Samsung also generously add a 4,600mAh battery under the tablet’s back cover. The S Pen stylus adds a real value to the Galaxy Note 8.0 compared to other tablets in the market.

Tucked neatly in a special slot, the active stylus is useful for cropping, handwriting and other tasks. Software-wise, users would be glad to know that the Note 8.0 comes with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) preinstalled, which includes a number of trademark features including the Page Buddy, Smart Stay, Pop Up Play and Dual View.

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