While some vendors are never satisfied with the small size of their smartphone offerings, others, like Samsung, have taken the “Phablet” idea to heart. After all, if consumers want a tablet and a phone, it makes sense to give them the best of both worlds. But isn’t 8-inches a bit extreme? Even the world’s biggest people have generally regular-sized heads – so who is going to look anything close to normal with this next to their face?
Since we haven’t talked about it yet, let’s cover specs. Samsung is targeting the mid-range with the Galaxy Note 8.0, packing in a quad-core Exynos SoC running at 1.6GHz, S Pen support, a 1280×800 resolution, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera at the back, a 1.2 megapixel at the front and a weight of just 338g. Oh – and of course, it offers 3G on select models.
In discussing this with a friend, we couldn’t reach a definitive answer to a simple question. Between someone walking down the street chatting on an 80s cell phone or someone with a Galaxy Note 8.0 affixed to their face, which one would you quicker kick in the shins?
Of course, phone support doesn’t have to be taken advantage of when actually holding the device to your face – things like conference calls could definitely stand to benefit as well. However, none of that ties well into my twisted joke above, so let’s just forget about it.
For those wanting the Galaxy Note 8.0, you’ll be able to get your hands on it at some point during Q2. Unfortunately, pricing is being kept mum for the time-being.