Kona Dynamic 4After many rumors the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is officially real. The first thing you notice about the Note 8 is how noticeably wider it is than the regular 7-inch tablet such as the Nexus 7. It is a simple design and has the new smooth edges and corners that Samsung has recently taken a liking to. The tablet is very thin and weighs 0.74 pounds, only slightly heavier than the iPad Mini.

Let’s talk a little about what the device looks like. There are three buttons on the bottom bezel: from left to right, menu, home button, back button. By the way Samsung has added the ability to use the S-Pen with all three of the buttons. On the back of the device is a 5-megapixel camera located at the top middle which means your fingers aren’t going to get in the way when taking pictures. The front camera is located at the top right of the device and on the bottom edge are dual speaker grills, a micro USB port, and of course the S-Pen slot. On the right edge there is a SIM card slot and just under that is a microSD card slot. On the left edge sits an IR blaster which supports Peel’s Smart Remote software. Also on the left edge there is a volume rocker and a power/sleep button.

Now that we’ve gone over the external of the device let’s go over what’s inside the device. The Galaxy Note 8 comes preloaded with Android 4.1.2 with TouchWiz layered on top of it. The Note 8 will include 3G (HSPA+) capability, but in the US it will be strictly WiFi only. The Note 8 will include GPS support and the 3G version will have support for the GLONASS satellite navigation system.

Well that’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in a nutshell. Tell us in the comments if you are excited to get your hands on the Note 8 and what you think of it based of what you’ve heard so far.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry