Africa: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with TV features soon in Africa

Technology & Convergence

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note 8 tablet with an 8-inch display, adding a new screen size to its expanding lineup of Note products.

The Note 8 will be available in the second quarter in North America, Europe, South Korea, the Middle East, Africa, China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and some other regions. Pricing will be revealed at a later date, Samsung said.

The tablet runs Google's Android 4.1 operating system, known as "Jelly Bean," and has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. The chip is based on ARM's Cortex A9 processor design, as opposed to the newer Cortex-A15 design used in Samsung's Chromebook and Google's Nexus 10 tablet, which is also made by Samsung.

The tablet is 25 percent lighter and thinner than the company's Galaxy Tab 2 tablets, said Shoneel Kolhatkar, director of product planning at Samsung. It can display images at 1,280-by-800-pixel resolution, and comes with optional 3G connectivity for making calls and using mobile broadband networks. It will connect to HSPA+ networks.

The device was announced before the start of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next week. Samsung is expected to discuss its tablet and smartphone strategy further at the show, including its plans for the enterprise.

The company will announce more tablets this year, said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president and general manager. "2013 is the year of tablets for Samsung," he said. Samsung was the world's second-largest tablet vendor behind Apple in the fourth quarter last year, according to IDC.

The Note 8 will also be able to beam movies directly to a Samsung Smart TV through the AllShare feature, much like existing Galaxy smartphones and tablets. It will also function as a remote control for a wide range of TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes.

Other features include a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. The device will come with 16GB or 32GB of storage, expandable to 64GB through an SD card slot. It has 2GB of built-in memory.