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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 review

7.5/10 AVG.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 29 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Large, high-definition screen
  • Comes with typical phone functions
  • Long-lasting battery

What's bad

  • Too big to be used as a main phone
  • High price tag

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is not a tablet. It's a phone-tablet hybrid, and according to Kob Monney of What Hi-Fi, it’s one that "showed promise when it was released.” Since that time, however, it has already been supplanted by newer rivals, which either use more compact designs or simply offer more in terms of performance.

Some of the Note 8.0’s main features include a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, up to 32GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and a 4,600mAh battery.

The headline feature is its screen: a 8-inch LCD TFT panel that has a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels, rated by Know Your Mobile’s Dean Quinn as “impressive.” The operating system comes in the form of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Overall, the Note 8.0 really is quite the performer. And it should be right on the money for stylus enthusiasts, because as Fone Arena’s Bharadwaj mentions, it offers “the comfort of a huge screen coupled with basic mobile functions.” Unfortunately, “there's one main problem with the Galaxy Note 8.0,” says The Inquirer’s Carly Page. “And that's its high price tag.”

In the end, it looks like Samsung might not have done enough to make this product truly stand out from a crowded marketplace of phablet competitors. When you consider how easy it is to find alternatives that are cheaper yet just as useful, you might quickly run out of reasons to justify this one.

Operating system
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Pocket Gamer

I'll admit that Wild Wild West is on the simple side, but it can be quite entertaining to pick up and play for a few minutes here and there.The in-app purchases are also reasonable, and only really serve to speed up your progress by offering you more coins. There's also an option to turn off ads, bu...

- Rob Rich, Pocket Gamer
What Hi-Fi

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 showed promise when it was released, but its weaknesses are easily exposed by newer rivals – even more so when you consider its price is among the highest of tablets this size.It serves as a stark reminder of just how fast technology is moving when a tablet less tha...

- Kob Monney, What Hi-Fi

To be honest I still have very mixed feelings over the Note 8.0 and that is more down to software than the actual hardware. <br/>There are many many Android tablets out there now, and some of them seem to act like a tablet such as the Sony Xperia Z Tablet which has a normally landscape orienta...

- Dan Carter, Coolsmartphone

AT&T overprices the Galaxy Note 8. It's still a great tablet, but with the much lower price and greater cell-provider flexibility of the Nexus 7, the Note 8 effectively prices itself out, unless you have absolute need of a stylus.

- Eric Franklin, Cnet
Fone Arena

As ridiculous as it may seem, there are people who prefer the comfort of a huge screen coupled with basic mobile functions, but with Samsung appeasing that crowd with a more compact Galaxy Mega 6.3, this device may prove a choice only for the stylus enthusiasts. Part of that Niche? This device will...

- Bharadwaj, Fone Arena

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Screen Size

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0's screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.

1.6 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A9 Quad core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat) operating system (OS).

5+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4600 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 9 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Note 8.0 Specs

Release date April 20, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.2 KitKat)

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Processor ARM Cortex-A9 Quad core 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 0.76 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 9 hours
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White, Brown
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.1 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm (8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 in)
Weight 331 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 189 pixels
Size 8 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, Exposure value, Cartoon, Scene mode, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, DivX, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, AVI, DivX, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, JPG, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, BMP
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-N5110, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi

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