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Friday, 15 March 2013
(NEWS): Samsung launches the world’s first 8-inch tablet
The excitement which heralded the introduction of the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 at the Samsung Africa Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa can only be described as contagious. The expectation could be felt throughout the venue and throughout the continent with everyone waiting for the launch of the world’s first 8inch tablet.
The GALAXY Note 8.0 tablet can only be described as the future right in your palms – an unrivalled multimedia performance within a compact one-hand-grip screen.
According to Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics South Africa:“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung GALAXY Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life – the ultimate work/life tool, creating a multi-tasking, productivity environment that is unparalleled in the industry.”
Fleischer, who could not hide his excitement, added saying, “The GALAXY Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, compact solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play.”
Can you flaw his assertion? Definitely not. At the core of the GALAXY Note 8.0’s innovative solutions are beneficial functions, including multi-window options to split the portable 8inch screen and allow optimal access to a number of live applications. No, that’s not all. It features a new generation of Samsung’s intelligent S Pen with advanced usability; access to a suite of S Note templates and tools that allow you to create, edit, manage and share everyday documents. The Samsung “reading mode” technology allows you to enjoy e-books with optimised resolution, video and voice calls.
In addition, a suite of exciting new content and services are pre-loaded for users at no additional cost including, for the very first time on Samsung GALAXY tablet, the innovative Flipboard, and Awesome Note.
A smart diary for life on the go Slim and compact enough to become the perfect on-the-go work and play companion, the GALAXY Note 8.0 brings powerful performance and functionality to support even the most demanding of lifestyles. Designed to store and manage your personal and professional data efficiently, this new era device gives users the perfect pocket-sized hands-on organisational tool and as a result, is ideal as a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) tool to use in the workplace. Practical S Note templates and S Planner feature help to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. All content can be entered and updated with the finest of detail thanks to the evolution of the intelligent Samsung S Pen.
New content and services GALAXY Note 8.0 is packed with pre-loaded content and apps specifically for the mass multimedia, value-maximising, consumer. Upgraded Chat-On provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats – images, video, voice, contacts – for simple, enjoyable communication. Awesome Note, an integrated application that is introduced in android tablet for the first time with NOTE 8.0, is capable of near-unlimited note-taking uses including Memo, Diary and Must-remember lists. With Flipboard, your RSS, social network and other feeds come together in one stylish, flip-able format so you can enjoy all your news and life’s great moments in one place. Flipboard developed a customised version of its application exclusively for Samsung’s Note 8.0 that allows users to take the S Pen’s hover feature and preview article headers beneath Flipboard’s main screen tiles. Finally, Smart Remote, gives you a universal remote control and electronic programming guide allowing you to manage TV and video watching seamlessly.
One cannot describe the innovation that has gone into this extraordinary device without mentioning the S Pen feature which is simply phenomenal. The tablet feature is optimised to aid personalised creativity, the Samsung S Pen has evolved to increase everyday usability and enhance creation expression.
S Pen technology is now so advanced that it doesn’t even have to touch the screen. With Air View, the S Pen needs only to hover over the screen to see previews of videos, emails, photos and appointments on S Planner without opening the file or application in full. S Pen Gesture allows images and content to be easily edited and cropped, whilst Paper Artist and Photo Note allow photos to be artistically personalised.
Other features of the GALAXY Note 8.0 is the creative multi-tasking opportunity which the device brings to fore. Using the device’s multimedia function is effortless due to innovative Dual View feature, two multi-window options that seamlessly allow you to facilitate multi-screen usage.
There is no doubt that Samsung is in the tablet business to win it going by the level of innovation and functionality packed into the GALAXY Note 8.0.
For Samsung buffs, the company’s quality, innovation, and forward thinking has never been in doubt, but for skeptics, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee – it doesn’t take a genius.