Get ready to welcome another Note in the already extensive line-up of Samsung Galaxy devices.\u00a0\u00a0 The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was recently unveiled and it apparently has an identity crisis.\u00a0 It\u2019s a tablet, alright but it also has a phone functionality, so is it a huge smartphone or is it simply another mid-sized tablet? \u00a0Whatever the classification, the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a tablet that makes phone calls possible. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the third Note offering from Samsung.\u00a0 The other two are of course the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1.\u00a0 The three devices share Samsung\u2019s design philosophy and the Note 8.0 in fact looks like an oversized Note II.\u00a0 The materials are plastic as expected so this will probably incite another \u201cplastic versus metal\u201d debate.\u00a0 Plastic has its advantages, but some still prefer the solid metallic finish. \u00a0\u00a0The Note 8.0 is quite thin at only 7.95mm and it\u2019s also light, coming in at only 338g. Being a Note device, the Galaxy Note 8.0 naturally has an S Pen included which of course can be used to input date on its 8-inch 1280 x 800 TFT display with a per pixel density of 189ppi. \u00a0At the size of 8 inches, you can\u2019t help but wonder if Samsung is positioning this as a competitor to the iPad mini which has a display of 7.9 inches.\u00a0 My guess is that Samsung\u2019s strategy is precisely that. The device is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad Core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.\u00a0\u00a0 It has16 or 32GB of internal storage, which is still expandable through the tablet\u2019s microSD card slot, and a generous 4,600mAh battery.\u00a0 \u00a0The tablet\u2019s other specs include a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front camera, WiFi a\/b\/g\/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, IR blaster and HSPA+.\u00a0\u00a0 There will be LTE and Wi-Fi only models according to Samsung. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UX skin.\u00a0 It will come with Samsung\u2019s popular software enhancements like S Note, S Planner, Smart Stay, Multi-Window and Air View functionality, AllShare Play and Cast, along with other apps and features. \u00a0The tablet will also have a reading mode and Smart Remote. Details as to pricing and availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in the Philippines are still unknown. \u00a0A second quarter launch is rumored to be a possibility.