Samsung launches Galaxy Note 8.0 in UAE
Tablet range gets tune-up, new S Pen
South Korean manufacturer Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its 8-inch tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0 in the UAE, describing the device as "a new era of intelligent Note technology set to re-ignite the mid-size tablet category that Samsung established in 2010".
Samsung designed the Note 8.0 to be a one-hand-grip screen and is marketing the device as "evolutionary", citing power, performance, multi-tasking and voice call functionality.
The company also highlighted the "re-engineered, intelligent" S Pen, which is said to deliver a traditional pen and paper experience.
"The Galaxy Note 8.0 heralds the next stage in evolution for the category, as we have continued to build upon the success of its predecessors to deliver the best Note device yet," said Denzil D'Souza, head, Business Planning Divison, IT Group, Samsung Gulf Electronics.
"In 2010 we launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab, introducing a new chapter in the mobile industry. Three years on we are continuing to innovate and evolve this sector to meet the ever-changing demands of the modern consumer. Delivering the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution for every situation, whether at work or for play," he added.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 includes multi-window options to split the 8-inch screen for access to a number of applications at one time; access to a suite of S Note templates and tools designed for the creation, editing, management and sharing of documents; the Samsung "reading mode" technology for e-books; and preloaded content and services such as Flipboard and Awesome Note.
The S Note and S Planner features help to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and personal diary entries. Content entry is said to be easier with the updated S Pen.
The Note 8.0 comes with a collection of pre-loaded content and apps. Upgraded Chat-On provides instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats: images, video, voice, contacts. The Awesome Note application makes an appearance in an Android tablet for the first time, allowing "unlimited" note-taking using Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists.
With the Flipboard application, news, social network and other feeds come together in a unified format and a single location. In addition, a customised Flipboard version is exclusively developed for Samsung, enabling users to use the S Pen's hover feature to preview article headers beneath Flipboard's main screen tiles. Finally, Smart Remote gives a universal remote control and electronic programming guide allowing the management of TV and video content.
Check out our gallery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
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. S Pen Gesture allows images and content to be edited and cropped, while Paper Artist and Photo Note allow photos to be personalised. In addition, for the first time in the Galaxy Note category, the S Pen can be used to control the physical menu/back buttons on the device with WACOM technology.
Removing the S Pen from the Galaxy Note 8.0 will automatically launch features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus and Page Buddy, a feature that will intuitively activate the most recently adapted S Note home screen.
The Dual View feature allows two multi-window options that seamlessly allow you to facilitate multi-screen usage. Dual View's split screen is designed for optimal operation of different apps, such as launching the S Note on the Web browser screen and allowing content to be resized, dragged and dropped as required. Additionally, multi-tasking is extended to phone calls. Pop Up Note allows users to access S Note at any time to keep track of key actions and Pop Up Video allows continual surfing of the Web whilst chatting.
Reading Mode transforms the device into an e-Book reader, designed to provide optimal reading conditions.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is currently available in retail stores across the UAE. The Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi version retails for AED1,699 and the Galaxy Note 8.0 3G/WiFi model will cost AED1,999.