Samsung sticks with the stylus for new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet

BARCELONA—Forget the rumors and the leaks: Samsung is ready to make things official. On Sunday, the South Korean company will take the wraps off of the Galaxy Note 8.0—an 8-inch Android tablet. And like the Note II smartphone and Note 10.1 tablet, this tablet arrives with a pressure-sensitive pen lin tow.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0

Aside from a fancy stylus, the Galaxy Note 8.0 also features a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. The tablet ships running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and uses a version of the TouchWiz interface that is similar to the one that comes on the Note 10.1. That means you’ll be able to run apps side-by-side and take advantage of pen-optimized software such as S Note. Even more interesting, you can use the Note 8.0 as a universal remote control: The tablet has a built-in IR blaster that you program to work with your model of TV, DVD player, or set-top box.

A pressure-sensitive stylus comes with the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet.

Samsung plans to launch the Note 8.0 worldwide in the second quarter of 2013. The tablet will be available in 32GB and 64GB flavors, though the company isn’t talking prices at this time. We’ll be checking out Samsung at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, so stick around for more about the Note 8.0 and more Samsung announcements.

Updated on Sunday, February 24 with a video from IDG News Service.

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