After initial rumors and leaks, Samsung went on record last month when an executive actually confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8.0 would be announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Last night, the South Korean manufacturer announced the next member of the Galaxy Note family via a press release.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 joins the Note II and the Note 10.1 in bringing the S-Pen to an eight-inch form-factor. The tablet is following Samsung’s recent design language to the letter in both shapes and materials; it is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor (the same which is powering the Galaxy Note II) and packs 2GB of RAM, with 32- and 64GB internal storage options (expandable via microSD cards).

The screen resolution is 800 x 1280 and the camera setup includes a five-megapixel main shooter at the back as well as a 1.3 megapixel webcam. It is currently running Android 4.1.2 and everything is powered by a 4,600mAh battery.

An interesting feature, one which Note II users have wanted, is finally in: the S-Pen can now be used to operate the device’s capacitive buttons. It is also worth noting that the Galaxy Note 8.0 has phone functionality; you can use the earpiece at the top of the device to take calls at your ear, just like a smartphone.

Software-wise, TouchWiz and most of the features are similar to the Note II, with the addition of some extra S-Pen functionality (AirView is now available on other, non-Samsung apps).

Check out our hands-on below.

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