Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Mini-Tablet Announced

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Samsung this week officially announced its newest tablet device, the Galaxy Note 8.

The 8-inch mini-tablet is the Korean manufacturer's answer to the popularity of Apple's iPad mini. The Note 8 features a similar size and hardware to Apple's latest offering.

The Note's screen features a 1280 x 800 resolution with 189 pixels per inch - slightly more than seen in the iPad mini.

On the inside, the Note 8 has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Different amounts of internal storage will be available, up to 32GB, and the device also has a microSD card slot. The front camera is 1.3 MP, while the back is 5 MP. The battery is 4,600mAh. There will be a Wi-Fi-only version of the Note 8 available, and a more expensive version with wireless data capabilities.

Since the hardware is so similar to the iPad Mini, Samsung is trying to differentiate the Note 8 by highlighting the difference in software. The Note 8 will, of course, come running a Google's Android 4.1.2 mobile OS and come packed with all of Samsung's proprietary software, such as the ChatOn app and Dual View, which allows users to use multiple apps simultaneously.

The Galaxy Note 8 will also ship with Samsung's "S Pen" stylus. The tablet will feature heavy integration with the stylus using software that can detect the S Pen and offer contextual menus. The stylus can also be used to hover over different screen options to activate mouse-over-like capabilities.