At Mobile World Congress 2013, Samsung announced the new Galaxy Note 8. Unlike many other Android slate tablets, Samsung has added an active digitizer pen called the S-Pen that uses Wacom technology. You can hover the pen off the display and the tablet will respond. If you've used older Windows Tablet PCs, you'll be familiar with the Wacom pen.
The Galaxy Note 8 joins the Galaxy Note II which is a 5.5" phablet (phone/tablet) and the Galaxy Note 10.1 which is a 10.1" Android slate tablet. The entire family of these Galaxy Note devices use the active digitizer S-Pen. The other Samsung Galaxy products like the Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy S, and other Galaxy mobile devices do NOT use the S-Pen.
I believe the international version of the Galaxy Note 8 will also function as a phone. But, who would want to hold an 8" tablet up to the ear?
I'm curious to see how Samsung will price the Galaxy Note 8. The smaller 5.5" Galaxy Note II is around $299 on most US wireless carriers. Will the Galaxy Note 8 be available as a Wi-Fi only version here in the United States? Or, will it only be available through wireless carriers?