The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has so far been the jewel of this year's Mobile World Congress which just got underway a few hours ago, and given the specs it's easy to see why. We've already seen some of what that 5 megapixel camera can do, as some photos taken with the device have hit the web. The big question is how it performs though, and everyone wants to get a test drive on what's hiding under that gorgeous 8-inch WXGA display, the 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor.
This processor is the same that's on the Galaxy S III while the graphics unit, the Mali 400, is shared with the Note 8.0's older brother the Note 10.1, so people should be familiar with what they are dealing with. One of the things that people really seem to want to see with any new device however are benchmarks, and the guys over at Phone Arena got to run some tests with a pre-release version of the Note 8.0 on the showroom floor. As you can see in the video posted below they got some average scores from this device running Quadrant Standard Edition and getting a number of 6,995.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks to be a great "device" and I'm putting the word device in quotes here because I'm not sure how this will be classified. We know that this thing will be able to make calls natively but it's obviously too big to be called a phone. Also given that it's a full two and a half inches bigger than the Note II it's also breaking the mold of what's being considered a phablet these days. Given that 7 inches is probably the most popular size for tablets then adding one more inch we would automatically call this a tablet right? But tablets don't make calls without the end user making adjustments. Confused yet?
We're entering new territory with the Note 8.0 but odds are this will be a great seller. Samsung is clearly aiming at the Ipad Mini with this device, and the quad-core Exynos 4412 beats the A5 that the Apple tablet is packing by a mile. Add to that the S Pen and a full suite of apps designed for that functionality and we should be looking at a winner by knockout.