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Samsung's newest addition to the Note series uses an 8-inch display. But don’t worry, it still comes with the same special S Pen stylus and apps that gave the original its name.
The device was announced just ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona on 24 February by the South Korean handset maker.
Under its glossy white exterior lies a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 processor and 2GB RAM that keeps the Note 8 ticking along nicely. In ZDNet's short hands-on testing the device showed no sign of lagging or stuttering that can ruin user experience in some devices.
However, as its name suggests, the Note 8.0's main focus is on its expansive 8-inch display, which puts it in direct competition with the likes of the iPad Mini as well as other 7 or 8-inch tablets like the Nexus 7.
The 8-inch display has a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution and a 189 PPI (pixels per inch) pixel density, edging out the iPad Mini's 163 PPI.
Clearly, part of the Note's appeal, whether earlier versions or the 8-inch full-size tablet option, is the ability to use the S Pen for handwriting and drawing.
The Note 8.0 character recognition is pretty decent, accurately picking up most of my scrawling that passes for handwriting (pictured).
Samsung's core apps designed around use of the S Pen are also present on the device, along with other features like multi-tasking apps such as Popup Note and Popup Video.
On the rear of the tablet there is a 5-megapixel camera, coupled with a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calling. Picture quality isn't at the top end of the spectrum but it is at least passable. Although quite why 8-inch tablets are used to take photos (or make phone calls, as you can also do with the Note 8 in some markets thanks to the ability to pop in a SIM card) is quite beyond me.