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Galaxy Note 8.0 Tablet Arrives in USA This Week

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The 8-inch Android tablet will set you back $400 USD this Thursday.

Samsung Electronics America said on Tuesday that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will hit the North American market this Thursday, April 11. It will be offered through participating offline and online retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com. The price? A meaty $399.99.

Sporting an 8-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) screen, Samsung's new Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" tablet packs an Exynos 4412 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. Also thrown into the hardware mix is a 1.3MP camera on the front, a 5MP camera on the back, and a microSD card slot allowing up to 64 GB of extra storage. Dual-band Wireless N connectivity allows the tablet to access 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz network channels, if available.

"A mid-sized addition to the Galaxy Note family of products, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to enable multi-tasking at home, at work or on the go," the company said. "The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the perfect size for entertainment and productivity, with unrivaled multimedia performance in a compact format. The S Pen has evolved to improve everyday usability with Air View, and Multi Window now supports more apps to perform tasks simultaneously allowing users to do more."

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the first tablet to feature Samsung WatchON, a new search and recommendation service for finding TV shows and on-demand video content. The tablet also comes with a built-in IR blaster so that it can be used as a universal remote, and a Multi-Windows functionality so that apps like Facebook, Chrome and Polaris Office (20 supported apps total) can be open on the same screen, side-by-side.

The new 8-inch Samsung tablet also features a Reading Mode which adjusts color and brightness to an optimal level for reading. It also allows users to customize fonts and themes so that ebooks, magazines, documents and Web pages are easy to read. All of this is backed by a 4,600 mAh battery promising up to 9 days of usage time and up to 30 days of standby time.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available this Thursday in white for $399.99. Optional accessories sold separately in mid-April will 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.

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    slomo4sho , April 9, 2013 1:14 PM
    Its nice to see the dual band wireless incorporation into a tablet at this price point.
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    royalcrown , April 9, 2013 1:57 PM
    It better have a quad over here and not some crappy dual core like the US version of the S3. I'm looking at you Samsung !
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    Spooderman , April 9, 2013 1:59 PM
    This is actually REALLY cool and great for the price. If I had the money to spare I would totally pick one of these up.
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    soo-nah-mee , April 9, 2013 2:06 PM
    I thought they were going to undercut the iPad mini. That price is at least $100 too high. I may have paid that a year and a half ago, but in a world where you can get a refurbished Nexus 7 for $153 shipped, or Samsung's own Galaxy 2 7.0 (brand new) for $150, the cost seems out of line. I understand there are a lot of features on the Note 8.0 that the tabs I just mentioned do not have, but not enough to justify more than 2 and a half times the cost IMO.
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    royalcrown , April 9, 2013 2:09 PM
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    I thought they were going to undercut the iPad mini. That price is at least $100 too high. I may have paid that a year and a half ago, but in a world where you can get a refurbished Nexus 7 for $153 shipped, or Samsung's own Galaxy 2 7.0 (brand new) for $150, the cost seems out of line. I understand there are a lot of features on the Note 8.0 that the tabs I just mentioned do not have, but not enough to justify more than 2 and a half times the cost IMO.


    I think you are right, if it was 100 dollars less, they'd probably sell out forever...
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    g00fysmiley , April 9, 2013 2:56 PM
    really with is had the 3g and 4g antennas liek the eu edition. woudl love to buy even if it cost a hundred or even three hundred mroe to use as a phone replacement
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    STravis , April 9, 2013 3:08 PM
    4.1??? Isn't 4.2.x out and in use on the Nexus tablet?
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    sundragon , April 9, 2013 4:00 PM
    STravis4.1??? Isn't 4.2.x out and in use on the Nexus tablet?


    Good point!

    A couple of thoughts... The current Nexus 7 has 4.2.2 and Key Lime Pie is about to drop any time... I wonder how long Samsung will wait to get the Note to 4.2, much less 5.x

    The next Nexus 7 will be dropping in July (2-3 months away) for $200 or less if the rumors are true (unlikely) but at $200-$260 with much better hardware the the current model - It will spank the Note 8 that's $419 on PCConnection/NewEgg, to name few sites.

    The current and next Nexus 7 will have 3G/4G as an option - Why doesn't the Note include this as it's a killer feature for some people.

    Maybe Samsung can make the Galaxy 8 phone out of this form factor for people who need big screens to dial like the phones they sell to old people with bad eyes...

    Sent from my Nexus 7
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    STravis , April 9, 2013 4:36 PM
    sundragonGood point!A couple of thoughts... The current Nexus 7 has 4.2.2 and Key Lime Pie is about to drop any time... I wonder how long Samsung will wait to get the Note to 4.2, much less 5.xThe next Nexus 7 will be dropping in July (2-3 months away) for $200 or less if the rumors are true (unlikely) but at $200-$260 with much better hardware the the current model - It will spank the Note 8 that's $419 on PCConnection/NewEgg, to name few sites. The current and next Nexus 7 will have 3G/4G as an option - Why doesn't the Note include this as it's a killer feature for some people.Maybe Samsung can make the Galaxy 8 phone out of this form factor for people who need big screens to dial like the phones they sell to old people with bad eyes...Sent from my Nexus 7


    It seems like Samsung is starting to get 'fat'.. It's now getting in a mode where it's riding on it's name rather than providing cutting edge stuff. I'm actually looking forward to the price drop of the Nexus 7.
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    flybri , April 9, 2013 5:08 PM
    SpoodermanThis is actually REALLY cool and great for the price. If I had the money to spare I would totally pick one of these up.


    Great for the price? Really? No way in hell is this great for the price -- at the very, very least it's $50 too expensive -- but it's more like $100 too expensive. They need to compete with Apple solely on price, since Android tablets don't have the same tablet app ecosystem compared to Apple. Apple was already charging to much for their iPad mini, and while the iPad mini has a lower resolution screen and no Wacom support, it does have significantly better build quality, and IPS display instead of a TFT display in the Note 8.0 (which frankly is a huge shocker that they put such a crappy screen in for the price), and of course Apple's app store, which has much more in terms of tablet apps than Android at this point. As such, the Note 8.0 is just priced too high. Sad, as I was really looking to get one...
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    upgrade_1977 , April 9, 2013 5:20 PM
    IR blaster is a cool addition.. 9 "DAYS" OF "USAGE" TIME!!?? Thats crazy awesome. Is that 9 days while gaming? I might just buy one..
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    jcboyett , April 10, 2013 5:14 AM
    Way too much comparison to Apple by a bunch of fanboys on here
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    jcboyett , April 10, 2013 5:27 AM
    Way too much comparison to Apple by a bunch of fanboys on here
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    sundragon , April 10, 2013 7:41 AM
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    $399? and you people whine about Apple prices.


    $419 at PC Connetion and New Egg for features that will be trumped by Google's own Nexus 7 ($200-$260) in 2 months... Hi :) 

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    Way too much comparison to Apple by a bunch of fanboys on here


    What reality distortion bubble are you living in? Apple is Samsung's competitor - Just because you stick your head in the sand to ignore Apple doesn't mean it's going anywhere. Don't let your fanboy hate of Apple blind you to the fact that they are a competitor... Competition keeps everyone honest... If this is Samsung's idea of a great idea, I would predict a price drop as soon as the next Nexus 7 and next Ipad Mini drop... Actually, you're gonna see a huge price drop... ;) 

    Sent from my Nexus 7