Right in time for summer, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has finally hit our shores. The 8-inch device is the Korean electronics giant’s latest iteration of its Galaxy Note tablet/phone combo. Clad in the usual glossy, plastic shell, it looks like a larger Galaxy Note II albeit a tad slimmer.
Inside, the Galaxy Note 8 sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, with expandable through the microSD card slot up to 64GB. The 8-inch display has a 800 x 1280 resolution, runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and has a 4600mAh battery. The phablet has a rear 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera.
The Galaxy Note 8 is definitely a handy device for consuming media and great for productivity with the included S-Pen. It has a built-in reading mode that calibrates itself to provide optimum conditions for prolonged reading, while also sporting Samsung’s eye-tracking that keeps the screen live while it senses you looking at the screen. The S-Pen is quite handy for jotting down quick notes and also has hover to preview capabilities. It also comes with an IR blaster so you can use it to control your television.
Samsung’s latest phablet is also a full-featured phone that can be used to make and receive calls and texts. Though you might have to get a headset when making calls, lifting the 8-inch device to your ear might garner a few strange looks.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 arrives in Philippine stores on April 13th, retailing for Php 23,900. As a special treat for early adopters, Samsung is giving out a few special deals for new owners at a first-day selling event at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. Every Note 8.0 buyer will receive a free Samsung Book Cover worth Php 1,699, while those who line up from 10AM to 12NN will have the chance to get a free Samsung phone via a raffle draw for every purchase of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. To be raffled off are a Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy Grand, Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy Y Reloaded and an E1200.