Samsung hasn’t been stingy for their first Mobile World Congress announcement in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is the second “Note” edition tablet — that is, a Samsung device to include an S Pen stylus. This bad boy is no different from any of the other high-end gizmos that Samsung churns out: a 8-inch 1280 x 800-pixel TFT display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, a 4,600 mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, HSPA+ 21 support for mobile internet, and a body that’s 25% thinner that the Galaxy Note 10.1 from last year.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is supposedly produced for people looking for a small tablet that can double as a media consumption device. “Readers Mode” dims the screen and processor usage to turn the Note 8.0 into a full-fledged eReader, while other features such as Smart Remote stretch its prowess in the living room by using the built-in IR blaster to control your TV. LTE and Wi-Fi versions are also in line for production; the latter is coming to the United States — and yes, offering cellular options in Europe technically makes the Note 8.0 an 8-inch phone.
A Q2 global launch is pegged without an exact release date or price from Samsung. Expect to hear more about a U.S. launch in the coming weeks or months. Press release after the cut.