Samsung today announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 in India, mere days after unveiling the 8-inch Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Mobile World Congress. However, Samsung is not calling the tablet "Galaxy Note 8.0" in India, and is marketing the device as the Galaxy Note 510 instead. We have yet to receive word on pricing and availability of the device in India.
The newest addition to Samsung’s Note family brings an 8-inch TFT LCD with a not-so-spectacular 1280 x 800 pixel display. It is powered by an Exynos 4 Quad processor clocked at 1.6GHz, and has 2GB of RAM. The good news is this thing runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but with Samsung’s TouchWiz/Nature UX on top.
All of Samsung's Note devices come with S Pens and the Note 510 is no different. The stylus is accompanied by the usual suite of pen-optimised apps, and the Korean electronics giant has also updated the pen to work on the capacitive buttons sitting alongside the physical home button, so users don't have to make a transition from pen to finger when using the device.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to India
The Note 510 looks like an oversized Galaxy Note 2 and you can actually use this as your primary phone as it has voice-calling functionality out of the box. Besides the Wi-Fi connectivity option, the SIM slot has HSPA+ support for data and voice.
The body is made of plastic and has a glossy coating and round edges like most of Samsung’s recent smartphones. Even the design is reminiscent of Samsung's products. At 338gm, the Note 510 is in the same ballpark as the iPad mini and Samsung claims users won’t feel the strain on their wrists even with one-handed use. The tablet’s back is non-removable and covers a 4600mAh battery. The microSD and the micro-SIM slots have been placed under flaps on the left edge.
On the back is the 5-megapixel, autofocus primary camera that's capable of 1080p video recording. The front has a 1.3-megapixel camera, which should be enough for voice calls.
Samsung has partnered with Peel to bring a Smart Remote app to the Note 510, which may be an attempt to get a piece of the home entertainment market. The tablet has an infrared blaster on the right edge and Samsung has baked in a visual programming guide with remote control functions. Another feature that Samsung has added is a "reading mode", which adjusts the brightness and contrast of the LCD to make reading a more comfortable experience.
Here is a quick look at the key specs of the Note 510 once again:
- 8-inch TFT LCD with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution and a pixel density of 189 ppi
- HSPA, Class 12 GPRS/EDGE
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- Micro USB 2.0 with MHL-support and USB Host
- A-GPS support and GLONASS
- 5-megapixel primary camera with 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- 16/32GB internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD cards