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Topic # 116481 30-Apr-2013 16:39
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Samsung New Zealand has announced the all-new GALAXY Note 8.0 will be on sale locally from May 1.

Designed for people who require a device that can meet their demanding work and play needs, the GALAXY Note 8.0 features an eight-inch screen and comes packed with a range of innovative features designed to make multi-tasking a breeze.

The GALAXY Note 8.0 showcases enhanced portability. The 8 inch screen is an ideal canvas for a new generation of Samsung’s intelligent S Pen functions, a new suite of S Note templates and “reading mode” for the optimal e-book experience. In addition, users will have access to new, pre-loaded apps including the innovative Flipboard and Awesome Note.

Stefan Lecchi, Head of Telecommunications at Samsung New Zealand, says the GALAXY Note 8.0 provides unrivalled multimedia performance within a compact form.

“Back in 2010, the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7-inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector to meet the demands of modern life.

“Samsung has a broad range of tablets covering all consumer needs – from the entry level Tab 2 7.0 model to the premium Note 10.1 model – there’s a tablet for every Kiwi.  We’ve continued to drive innovation in tablet and smartphone categories with our Note products, and now, we are very excited to introduce the newest member of the Note family.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 brings together the best of portability and everyday productivity – the size may be compact, but the features and technology are not.  Consumers can now enjoy a great multimedia tablet experience that is enhanced by S Pen and S Note features; all in a handy diary size.” says Lecchi.

The GALAXY Note 8 will be available from May 1, 2013 and will retail at $599 RRP for the WiFi model.

Key features of the GALAXY Note 8 include:

A smart diary for life on the go
Slim and compact enough to become the perfect on-the-go work and play companion, the GALAXY Note 8.0 brings powerful performance and functionality to support even the most demanding of lifestyles. Practical S Note templates and S Planner calendar help to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. Content can be entered and updated with fine detail thanks to the intelligent Samsung S Pen. Enhanced precision is offered with Handwriting-to-Text conversion, and advanced Productivity Tools that support formula and shape recognition are available at the touch of your S Pen.

New content and services
GALAXY Note 8.0 is packed with pre-loaded apps specifically for the multimedia consumer.  The ChatOn app provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats, and allows sending of images, video, sound files, and contacts while chatting for simple, enjoyable communication. Awesome Note, an integrated application that is introduced in Android tablets for the first time with Note 8.0, is capable of a multitude of note-taking uses including Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists. With Flipboard, your news, social network and other feeds come together in one stylish, flippable format so you can enjoy your news and life’s great moments in one place. Flipboard developed a customised version of its application exclusively for Samsung that allows users to take the S Pen’s hover feature and preview article headers beneath Flipboard's main screen tiles. Finally, Smart Remote gives you a universal remote control and electronic programming guide allowing you to manage TV and video watching with ease.

A new age of S Pen intelligence
Engineered to aid personalised creativity, the Samsung S Pen has evolved to increase everyday usability and enhance creative expression. Embedded within the tablet, the S Pen is well integrated with the GALAXY Note 8.0. Removing the S Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus that it thinks you’ll need and Page Buddy, a feature that will intuitively activate your most recently adapted S Note home screen.

S Pen technology is now so advanced that it doesn’t even have to touch the screen. With Air View, the S Pen needs only to hover over the screen to see previews of videos, emails, photos and appointments on S Planner without opening the file or application in full. S Pen Gesture gives shortcuts for handy actions such as Pop Up Note, whilst familiar features such as Paper Artist and Photo Note allow photos to be artistically personalised.

In addition, for the very first time in GALAXY Note category, you can use the S Pen to control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with WACOM technology. 

Maximising multimedia consumption and creation
Creative multi-tasking with the GALAXY Note 8.0 is effortless due to the innovative Multi Window feature, that allows you to use 2 apps at once on the screen, such as opening S Note, and copying or dragging content into S Note from the web browser.

Multi-tasking is also extended to phone calls, handy for checking maps or emails without hanging up the call*. Pop Up Note allows you to access S Note at any time to keep track of key actions, and Pop Up Video ensures you can keep watching your video while using the Note 8.0 – the Video Player  window can be easily resized by pinching to enlarge or reduce.

Perfect info-tainment partner
Packed with features to engage, entertain and excite, the GALAXY Note 8.0 supports your practical everyday needs. Reading Mode transforms the GALAXY Note 8.0 into an e-Book reader, and provides enhanced reading conditions to ensure you can curl up and enjoy a good book in all environments. You can even turn it into a universal remote control with Smart Remote, to seamlessly manage TVs, set-top boxes, DVD & Blu-ray players. 

GALAXY Note 8.0 Product Specifications
  

Processor

1.6GHz  A9 quad-core processor (Exynos 4412)

Display

8” WXGA (1280x800,189 ppi) TFT

OS

Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera

Sub(Front): 1.3 Megapixel Camera

Video

Video Format:: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX (1080p Full HD video @ 30fps)

Audio

Audio Format : XMF,AAC,AMR,IMY,M4A,MP3,OGG,WAV,WMA,3GP,3GA, MP4,FLAC,MID,MXMF,RTTTL,RTX,OTA,ASF3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

S Pen Optimised Features

S Pen Experience 

- S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration

- Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist 
Air View
Popup Note, Popup Video
Shape Match, Formula Match, Idea Sketch

Sharing Features

Samsung AllShare Play 

Samsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension

Samsung AllShare Framework

Content Features 

&

Services **

Samsung Apps
Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
 Samsung Hub 

- Game Hub

- Learning Hub / Readers Hub
Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service (version 2.0)
Smart Stay, Direct Call
Page Buddy / Tag Buddy
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude

Google Play Store

Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads
Awesome Note
Flipboard

GPS

A-GPS + GLONASS (3G Version)

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB2.0

Sensor

Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity

Memory

2GB (RAM), 16GB

microSD (up to 64GB)

Dimension

210.8 X 135.9mm X 7.9mm, 340g (WiFi version)

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 4,600mAh







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  Reply # 808102 30-Apr-2013 16:42
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i had a play with this at the samsung showcase at sylvia park. it is quite a nice device.. good size actually. much better than 7 inch i think. the stylus probably has more use at this size than the note i reckon. but kinda disappointed that the processor is one of the older generation ones...

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  Reply # 808222 30-Apr-2013 20:15
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I'm quite interested in this product - for me 8" is the sweet spot for a tablet. I currently use a cheap Chinese one which I bought as a tester, and it works well in that size (although frustratingly slow at times). I wonder if there will be 3G versions as well?




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  Reply # 809403 1-May-2013 10:36
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I had a play at JB yesterday. Great device. Love the look and feel - responsive and fast - and agree that the 8" does indeed hit the sweet spot for size. If it wasn't for the somewhat disappointing resolution (now that we live in a post-retina world), I would have bought it on the spot.

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  Reply # 809405 1-May-2013 10:39
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dafman: I had a play at JB yesterday. Great device. Love the look and feel - responsive and fast - and agree that the 8" does indeed hit the sweet spot for size. If it wasn't for the somewhat disappointing resolution (now that we live in a post-retina world), I would have bought it on the spot.


I think if it was even just full HD (doesnt have to be uber high res), it would be perfectly fine. 

But you are right that the size is actually quite nice. I liked the touch and feel of it as well - but do kinda prefer the feel of a nexus 10 more.

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  Reply # 811867 6-May-2013 09:04
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I ended up buying this from the Noel Leeming store inside St Lukes mall. They had it at 15% off this weekend - they had a managers special. I was going to be buying the new Nexus tab from USA when I go there this July. But this deal really appealed to me - also I was playing with it at the Samsung booth in Sylvia park earlier that day and this kinda made me lean towards it. Totally impulsive buy though. I went with my mate to get a haircut...

From my first thoughts of the device - i really like the form factor of it. Prefer it a lot more to the nexus 7. I like the screen of it. The S Pen is awesome as well. have just had it since last night. So far so good. Planning to get a 32gb card for it to store some movies on it while on the go.

There was a bit of bloatware from Samsung - but you can always hide these apps. I will try to write up a mini review so others can check it out for themselves.


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  Reply # 811868 6-May-2013 09:07
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dafman: I had a play at JB yesterday. Great device. Love the look and feel - responsive and fast - and agree that the 8" does indeed hit the sweet spot for size. If it wasn't for the somewhat disappointing resolution (now that we live in a post-retina world), I would have bought it on the spot.


I see your point about the resolution - yes it would have been good if it were retina or more. But I think it isnt totally that bad - I could live with such a display. The texts, photos and videos are nice and crisp and only when i bring the display close to my face can i see the jagged edges of the text - but I view the device at arms length.

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  Reply # 812066 6-May-2013 14:34
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With respect to the 3G/LTE version:

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=TABSAM8520&name=Samsung-Galaxy--Note-8.0-3G-LTE-16GB--White--Quad-

Priced at $900 - only question is when will it get stocked/launched in NZ?




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  Reply # 812067 6-May-2013 14:37
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i feel kinda good now getting my tablet for 510.. considering i will have LTE on my phone, i can always be tethering. Never saw the need to get a tablet device in the 3G/LTE flavour

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  Reply # 812096 6-May-2013 15:23
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Krishant007: i feel kinda good now getting my tablet for 510.. considering i will have LTE on my phone, i can always be tethering. Never saw the need to get a tablet device in the 3G/LTE flavour


How long was that price valid for? I was in NL on the Shore this weekend and it was not discounted there.




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  Reply # 812098 6-May-2013 15:26
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n4:
Krishant007: i feel kinda good now getting my tablet for 510.. considering i will have LTE on my phone, i can always be tethering. Never saw the need to get a tablet device in the 3G/LTE flavour


How long was that price valid for? I was in NL on the Shore this weekend and it was not discounted there.


It was a managers special in St Lukes store. As far as I am aware, these sales vary from store to store. Not all stores will have this "manager specials". 

The guy said they are selling below cost. Which I can actually believe since they just got released last week.

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Do you have to use the pen with it, or can you still use a finger or 2?




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Shindig: Do you have to use the pen with it, or can you still use a finger or 2?


I can use pen, i can use finger...both works..the handwriting recognition is quite accurate...provided you dont have horrible handwriting. 

so far i have been mostly just using my thumbs to operate it.. but have used the pen on the odd occasion..

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  Reply # 812522 7-May-2013 09:42
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I was quite impressed with the handwriting recognition, it was pretty good even when I was scrawling quickly. I imagine you would still want to write carefully to make the recognition reliable though. I remain to be convinced that it's faster than Swype though :-)




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  Reply # 817633 14-May-2013 19:32
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How is the battery life on the Note 8.

Ive read some reviews saying its like 5 hours and some say its almost as good as Ipad mini.

I currently have Ipad mini and love the long battery life but hate how plain IOS looks now. So keen to swap if battery seems ok.

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  Reply # 817684 14-May-2013 20:25
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Hmm.. i have only gone through a couple of power cycles - so its still quite early to say what the stable battery life is...

But from the looks of it, I dont think it will be as good as iPad - I had the 3rd gen iPad and it had better battery.

Having said that, I can go about a day of really heavy usage - meaning about 4-5 hours screen on time...constantly doing something on it, web browsing, facebook, movie, music.. etc...

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