Samsung has announced the Galaxy Note 8. This Android tablet comes with a stylus, and will be released in the UK in the next couple of months stretching to 8in Samsung's popular 'Note' lineup of tablets. UK pricing has not yet been announced, but don't expect this to be a budget device. See also: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on review.
Of current devices the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a hybrid phone and tablet with a 5in screen, and there's a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but that device is only a tablet. Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is intended for use as a huge phone as well as a pocket-sized tablet, with 3G connectivity. 4G LTE is not expected to be included. Whether people will be comfortable holding up a slate to their ears in order to make calls is still another matter. See also: Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 vs Galaxy SIII vs Galaxy Note II comparison review.
According to Samsung the Galaxy Note 8 will pack in a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. There will be twin 5Mp and 1.3Mp cameras. The Note 8 will come with up to 32GB of storage on board, and microSD card expansion will be supported. Find all the latest Mobile World Congress news on our MWC news page.
Samsung said the Note 8's 8in display will support a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels. That means a pixel density of 189ppi. This is potentially critical: the Note II has proved to be popular in part because it offers true multi-tasking. Unusually for a smartphone the Galaxy Note II allows users to interact with two apps at the same time. This can, however, feel a little cramped on the Note II's 5in display. An 8in screen with a decent resolution could prove useful for some. See also: Galaxy S4 launch date confirmed: Samsung phone to launch on 14 March.