Galaxy Note 8 poses for more photos this time with an SPen

first_imgMore and more it seems like manufacturers are catching on to the fact that there’s a market for smaller tablets in the world. Samsung has tried to enter this arena a few times now with overpriced Android tablets, and it looks like they are trying again with an S-Pen ready 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet.Samsung has had mixed responses from the Galaxy Note line. The original Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2 are both popular smartphones that have, in many ways, ushered in this new wave of 5-inch smartphones. The unique combination of Samsung’s S-Pen interactions and the TouchWiz multi-window feature, which allows users to run two apps side by side, exist as powerful exclusives for Samsung. When they tried to push this design to the Galaxy Note 10.1, the resulting lackluster specs and high price resulted in mediocre sales. In an attempt to expand the Galaxy Note line, Samsung is clearly pursuing a middle ground between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 and the Note 10.1 with the Galaxy Note 8.0.Samsung was the first major Android manufacturer to release a 7-inch tablet with the Galaxy Tab. At the time, Google had stated that Android wasn’t ready for larger screens, but Samsung dove in head first. The Galaxy Tab wasn’t terribly successful, due mostly to the pricing and awkward user experience. Now that Google has prepared Android for all screen sizes, and Samsung’s TouchWiz software has evolved to include the impressive multi-window system, a return to this form factor makes sense.The photos that have leaved so far of this tablet show off what looks like a large Galaxy Note, complete with the same button layout and UI format. Unlike the Note 10.1, the GN 8.0 will be held and used in portrait, though it remains to be seen just how much effort Samsung has put into optimizing TouchWiz for this hardware. Given that this is the second time we’ve seen the Galaxy Note 8.0 in as many days, the likelihood that this tablet will be announced at the Mobile World Congress is all but assured.The tablet ecosystem has changed dramatically since the release of the original Galaxy Tab. On top of impressive hardware, Samsung will need a compelling price point to compete with the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire HD, and the iPad Mini.Via Frandroidlast_img read more