Samsung has started to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. This comes about a week after Samsung started pushing out the same update for the 3G version of the device. Users have indicated devices located in the U.K. are already receiving the update and it is expected to reach others areas in the coming days.
The update is just like the KitKat update issued for other Samsung devices. Users get all the features and benefits of KitKat like better performance, the white status bar icons, better battery life, full-screen album art on the lock screen and wireless printing support. Users can navigate to Settings -> About -> Software updates on their devices to check for the update.
To start off the second half of 2013, Samsung Mobile released a new video on their YouTube channel showcasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 device. Trying to hit the sweet spot for 8-inch tablet devices, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 8.0 earlier this year to fill in the gap between their Galaxy Note II “phablet” devices and the 10-inch class Galaxy Note 10.1.
Yes friends, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has made another appearance through the FCC hallways– this time highlighting a unique cellular modem. The SM-T315 variant was recently spotted featuring HSPA+ frequencies, but an LTE frequency that is currently not compatible with American technologies. So as a result, it appears that the only American LTE variant of the device will be made for AT&T stores, though we’re hopeful that Sammy will surprise us and come out with another LTE variant for Stateside consumers who happen to be with other wireless carriers.
Have you been eyeing the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Galaxy S 4 but can’t decide which one you want to pick up? AT&T might just have a solution for you. AT&T will begin carrying the 4G-enabled version of the Note 8.0 on June 21st for $399, but if you purchase a Galaxy S 4 with it, you can snag the tablet for just $199. (That deal also applies to the Galaxy S 4 Active and the Galaxy Note 2) You’ll have to sign two year contracts for the devices, obviously, but it’s still a pretty nice deal if you were wanting to pick up both devices. If you would rather just buy the tablet, you can get one for $399.
You’ll be able to get in on the deal starting June 21st both online and in-store. Anybody thinking of picking one of these devices up?
AT&T announced they will carry the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE in the next couple of weeks. So far no news on how much it’ll cost but I’m sure one can estimate by looking at other similar tablets prices.
As for specs, we can expect the Note 8.0 to feature a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4410 CPU with 2GB of RAM and will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI implemented of course. Will you be grabbing one?
Samsung has released a new video on YouTube touting the capabilities of the Galaxy Note 8.0. Samsung’s S-Pen equipped note devices previously came in the phablet size hovering around 5.5-inches or the large tablet size at 10-inches. The new device which went on sale this year, tries to bring the Note’s strengths to the small tablet market with an 8-inch screen. Like its siblings, the device sports an S-Pen with “air” capabilities and the ability to run multi-window capable apps.
The video follows a male character throughout his day, first traveling to work, then attending some meetings, and finally running some errands before meeting a girl. Along the way he describes via his voice-over some of the things he can get done with his Galaxy Note 8.0 like reading, scheduling meetings, taking notes, and navigating with the device. Throughout the video, Samsung stresses the Galaxy Note 8.0 is the “best fit” for the demands of daily life.
Check out the video after the break.
If a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with only WiFi isn’t good enough for you, the opportunity to buy an LTE version could be coming soon. The FCC just put their blessing on a version that is packing an 850 / 1900 GSM radio along with LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, and 17. These should work on AT&T’s network.
Now FCC certification doesn’t mean that it will definitely be released or that AT&T will announce a carrier version, but if you’re wishing for an LTE version, there is reason to hope.
Like the Galaxy Note 8.0, but not really fond of that white color? Samsung is reportedly prepping a “Brown Black” version of the device for a mid-June release. Unfortunately, they didn’t release any sort of pictures, and Brown Black is a pretty ambiguous name for a color, especially since Samsung made both a brown and black version of the Galaxy S III. Either way, more options is always a good thing. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any leaks of the new color for the tablet.
Last week the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 went on sale in the U.K. Fans of the Galaxy Note devices in the U.S. will be glad to know the WiFi only version of Samsung’s latest tablet will be available on Thursday, April 11th at major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be Samsung’s first device with their Samsung WatchON software that is supposed to make it easier to channel surf both live TV and streaming video sources. The Galaxy Note 8.0 also comes with a built-in IR blaster, meaning the tablet can be used as a remote control.
Similar to the U.K. deals, Samsung is throwing in some extras for initial buyers of the device. Pick one up for $399.99 and you can get access to 50GB of DropBox storage for 2 years, a free month of unlimited music streaming in Samsung’s Music Hub, and for a limited time buyers will receive a $25 Google Play credit when they register their device.
Check out our hands on video of the Galaxy Note 8.0 from this year’s Mobile World Congress and the full press release after the break.
Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 has been announced and since released, at least in the UK, it would only be a matter of time before we saw official accessories come out. Items like cases, screen protectors and even extra S-Pens should be apart of the mix and all we would have to do is sit and wait for that fateful day to come. It looks like that fateful day is today as GearZap, part of Mobile Fun Limited, is the first to offer these official accessories. Right now they’re only available for pre-order but they should be released quite soon. We see the standard assortment of accessories as well as a few unique ones. Besides the book covers and S-pens we see a car dock and a pouch stand. The pouch keeps your device protected when not in use, while giving you the ability to prop up the tablet for hands free use. Hit the break to check them out.