Samsung presents Galaxy Note 8.0
Slated for Q2 launch; expected to compete with iPad mini
Samsung Electronics today unveiled its Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet as a direct challenge to arch rival Apple Inc's iPad mini, as the South Korean firm sought to reassert its growing dominance of the mobility segment.
While Samsung presented the device as a tablet, its ability to make phone calls may allow the company to gain some ground on its Cupertino-based competitor, which still rules the global tablet market. Samsung, however is the clear winner in smartphones and last year knocked Nokia off its market-leading spot in general mobile phone sales, an honour the Finnish manufacturer had held for some 14 years.
Regarded by some early reviewers as sitting between the Galaxy Note 2 and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 in Samsung's device spectrum, the Galaxy Note 8.0's 8-inch screen is a little larger than the iPad mini's and carries the S-Pen stylus that allows freehand drawing and writing on the capacitive touch-screen. It comes with two cameras: a 5-megapixel sensor on the rear, without flash, and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.
The device is expected to be available worldwide in the second quarter of this year. While no price has been announced, Samsung has promised the device will be "affordable".
Samsung's recent focus on the Note series played a significant role in spawning the term "phablet" (an amalgam of "phone" and "tablet").