Samsung Announces GALAXY Note 8.0

Apr 30, 2013

Innovative new features and inch 8-screen offer increased functionality for people on the go

29th April 2013

Auckland, New Zealand – 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

S Pen Optimised FeaturesS Pen Experience - S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing integration- Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist Air ViewPopup Note, Popup VideoShape Match, Formula Match, Idea Sketch

1.6GHz  A9 quad-core processor (Exynos 4412)

Display 8” WXGA (1280x800,189 ppi) TFT

Android 4.1.2 (Jellybean)


Main(Rear): 5 Megapixel Camera
Sub(Front): 1.3 Megapixel Camera


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


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

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



A-GPS + GLONASS (3G Version)


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


Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity


2GB (RAM), 16GB
microSD (up to 64GB)


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


Standard battery, Li-ion 4,600mAh

* Voice calling over 3G/4G only available on 3G/4G model.

** The availability of Samsung Hubs and Google service may differ by country.

All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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