Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, slated for Q3 2013 release, can either be the most ingenious or the most confusing gadget you'll see in your life (or at least this year).

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If you think Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 from 2012 was already too big to be considered a legit phablet and that Samsung can't possibly (or won't even dare to) produce a smartphone any bigger than that, think again.

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With an astounding 8-inch 800 x 1280 pixels Super Clear LCD display, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - which comes with three variants namely WiFi Only, WiFi + 3G, and WiFi + 3G + LTE, each having 16GB and 32GB internal storage options - could easily pass off as the Korean company's official answer to Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini. But it comes replete with at least two features that the Cupertino company's best-selling slate could only dream of having.

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Well, first, as a true member of Samsung's Note line of devices, it comes S-Pen stylus support and that slew of drawing, photo manipulation, and note-taking features that the more creative ones among us would surely enjoy playing with. And second, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (specifically the N5100 variant) can make and receive regular GSM phone calls and send text messages. I'm just not sure if you'd be too keen to put it against your cheek when ringing your mates. Obviously, unlike other phablets in the market (e.g. LG Optimus Vu, Samsung Galaxy Note) the size of this one is hardly reminiscent of a smartphone.

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Anyway. Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS with its Quad Core 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 based Exynos 4412 chipset and handling multitasking with 2GB of RAM - flaunts two cameras (just like the iPad Mini); a 5 MegaPixel shooter at the back and a 1.2 MegaPixel one in front. Likewise, you get Full HD video recording capability, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a microUSB port, all wrapped in an undeniably wide yet unbelievably slim enclosure.

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According to Samsung Mobile, this phablet should become available worldwide by the start of Q2 2013. The Philippines is one of the first countries to get fresh releases from the Korean company so I guess we can expect Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to land here by late March or early April this year. Check out this table for the device's complete technical specifications as well as our TP Guesstimate for its retail price.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), N5100 variant is a Phablet
Price Category High End
Dimensions210.8 x 135.9 x 8 mm
Weight 338 grams
Available Colors White, Black
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display 8.0 inches (~189 ppi pixel density), 800 x 1280 pixels, Super Clear LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Exynos 4412 chipset
RAM 2 GB RAM
Internal Storage 16 and 32 GB options, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 64GB
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, 1.3 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, TBD for front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/Xvid/FLV/MKV/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac
Ports microUSB v2.0, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Variant: Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE (depending on model)
SIM Card Type microSIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 4600 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features S Note, S-Pen Stylus Support, Latest Version of TouchWiz
Announcement February 2013
Availability TP Guesstimate: Q2 2013
Price TP Guesstimate (based on European price): Starts at ~
WiFi Only: Php 19,000 to Php 20,000
WiFi + 3G, GSM Phone Functionality: Php 24,000 to Php 25,000
WiFi + LTE, GSM Phone Functionality: Php 30,000 to Php 31,000