Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs the competition

Will the new Note tablet from Samsung be a potent competitor to Apple’s iPad Mini, Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablets?
note_8_iPad_mini_nexus_7_kindle_fire_hdSamsung officially took the wraps of its new 8-inch Note tablet earlier today. Being touted as a competitor to Apple iPad Mini, Note 8.0 brings in some pretty great specifications, but as we don’t know the pricing of the unit, we aren’t really sure if it is indeed a competitor to the Apple tablet. The previous rumour did reveal that the Wi-Fi version of Note 8.0 might be priced around $250 mark.

Note 8.0 will also be going against the Android tablets like Nexus 7 (even the upcoming successor) and Kindle Fire HD tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 holds one advantage in the form of included S-Pen digitizer over the others, but apart from that it is a fair game.

Here are the pros and cons of each tablet and after that we will compare each of them on basis of their raw specs.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Pros: S-Pen, Software customisations like multi-window, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, & both front and rear cameras

Cons: Unless there is weird pricing, Note 8.0 does seem like a pretty good device with no visible cons. Samsung has included everything you need in a tablet. It is also an untested device right now, so can’t really say much.

Apple iPad Mini

Pros:  Best selection of tablet optimised apps, both front and rear cameras, wider availability of content

Cons: 32GB/64GB prices, no microSD card of cheaper memory expansion,

Google Nexus7

Pros: Pricing, latest Android version

Cons: No rear camera, no microSD card slot

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Pros: Pricing, content availability, lots of free content for Prime members

Cons: Limited geographical availability of the device, no-so-great interface, no microSD card, no rear camera, no 3G version

TabletSamsung Galaxy Note 8.0Apple iPad MiniGoogle Nexus 7Amazon Kindle Fire HD
Price/ AvailabilityTBDStarting $329 for Wi-Fi only 16GB versionStarting $199 for Wi-Fi only 16GB versionStarting $199 for Wi-Fi only 16GB version (with advts)
Display8-inch TFT capacitive display with 1280x800p resolution, 189 PPI7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS capacitive display with 1,024 x 768p resolution, 163 PPI7-inch IPS capacitive display with 1280x800p resolution, 216 PPI7-inch IPS capacitive display with 1280x800p resolution, 216 PPI
Processor1.6GHz Cortex-A9 quad-core processorDual-core Apple A5 processor1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core
1.2GHz TI OMAP4 4460 dual-core processor
Internal storage16GB / 32GB16GB / 32GB /64GB16GB / 32GB16GB / 32GB
Expandable storageYesNoNoNo
Cellular RadioYes (Optional), Voice-callingYes (Optional)Yes (Optional)No
Cameras5MP rear/ 1.3MP front cameras5MP rear/ Facetime HD cameras1.2MP front cameraHD front camera
Battery4600 mAh4490 mAh4325 mAh4400 mAH
Dimensions210.8 X 135.9 x 7.95 mm, 338g (3G Version)200 X 134.7 X 7.2mm, 308 g198.5 X 120 X 10.45 mm, 340g193 X 137 X 10.3 mm, 395g
Ports/ Connectivity micro USB,
3.5mm audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, IR Blaster
Lightning connector, 3.5mm audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0micro USB,
3.5mm audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
microSD, micro HDMI, 3.5mm audio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0
Variants3G, LTE, Wi-Fi only (Latter two are still to be announced)Wi-Fi only, 3G, LTEWi-Fi only, 3GWi-Fi only

  • Piyush

    Really Good S-pen 3G though ugly design but spec & features are good.