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Samsung Launches iPad mini Competitor, the Galaxy Note 8.0 [PICS]

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Samsung has announced the launch of its Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, which looks to take straight aim at Apple’s iPad mini.

This new tablet sports an 8-inch TFT display (running 1280 x 800), will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a 1.6GHz Eynos 4 Quad processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP back shooter (1.3MP front) and available in 16GB and 32GB models.

Engadget notes There will be a global version (not available in the USA) with HSPA+ 21 connectivity (850/900/1900/2100MHz), so you can look like a real champ with this tablet against the side of your face.

Check out the hands-on images comparing the iPad mini versus the Galaxy Note 8.0, as taken by Android Central (via iMore):

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Samsung said the new Galaxy Note 8.0 will available in Q2 for purchase but did not unveil any pricing. The iPad mini is still 30 grams lighter and also thinner than the Galaxy Note 8.0.

Anyone excited for this? We know Android in Canada will be all over this. For a full hands on check out the coverage over at AnandTech.

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  • Drums360

    Nice phone icon…imagine holding that one up to your ear!

  • Jk

    All I know is Samsung products look so cheaply made…there products remind me of the guy who sits on the side of the road with his van selling trinkets…same cheap quality

  • WatDaPhuck

    Except for their TVs. Damn those are beautiful.

  • WatDaPhuck

    That bump on the back with the camera….NO.

  • FragilityG4

    Agreed.

  • FragilityG4

    Why do they continue to push a stylus? Is their touch screen so inferior that they need one?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Only brave souls will attempt that. The rest will use headphones, a Bluetooth headset or maybe later Google Glass

  • FragilityG4

    It’s funny how fAndroids always say Apple lacks innovation yet Samsung copies everything Apple does whenever possible …

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks so plasticky compared to the iPad mini. Like a toy for a baby.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Design failure.

  • WatDaPhuck

    Agreed.

  • WatDaPhuck

    Big time.

  • WatDaPhuck

    Or idiots. Oh wait they could mean the same thing.
    Good one with “look like a real champ”, I LOLed!

  • Eric

    “you can look like a real champ with this tablet against the side of your face.” lol

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    :)

  • nosnoop

    Copy? Apple was the one who dismissed the 7-8″ tablets segments.
    So it was Apple who “copied” the Android devices for this “mini” tablet!

  • nosnoop

    Have you tried writing on the tablet with your finger?

    Have you tried any drawing with a tablet?

    Capacitive touch screen is great for finger gesture, swiping etc.

    But it is absolutely terrible as a hand writing tool, with finger or those ineffective “stylus for iphone/ipad”.

    Galaxy Note stylus is a godsend for those who appreciate the use of a stylus.

  • FragilityG4

    What would you call the Samsung one??

  • http://twitter.com/erikkappel Erik Kappel

    Google Glass looks to be amazing. Hope it won’t be 1500$ once it becomes a real consumer product.

    @ Drums360: Seriously. Added functionality makes you laugh? I’d kill to be able to make phone calls from my iPad mini at home. The speakers convey better sound and people hear me super well over the mic, and that’s over Fongo, so it would be even better over cell networks. Or like Gary said, you leave it in your bag, use headphones etc.

  • FragilityG4

    I draw on paper and my phone/tablet have a keyboard. The stylus is so good yet Samsung is the only one using them …

  • Krasus

    Hand writing and drawing comes natural with a stylus, not with a finger. Idiot.

  • George

    Paper? LOL. The point is to digitize your notes and drawings, all of which are easily accessible, and organized. It’s a godsend for those of us who are still in school.

  • George

    You do realize their TV’s are made out of the same plastic as their “cheaply made” phones right? Geez.

  • FragilityG4

    Artwork is far easier and more elaborate on paper. I’m sorry I completely disagree with you.

  • FragilityG4

    Yeah because a stylus is a natural thickness like a pencil … Go back to the fAndroid forum … Idiot.

  • hub2

    Unlike plastic casing on a phone or tablet, you’re not handling a TV all the time with your hands.

  • WatDaPhuck

    You do realize ALL TVs are made of the same plastic right? But can’t deny Samsung does have better looking ones.

  • Mike

    Please, the note 8 totally crushes the mini it’s almost sad! Processor note
    Screen note
    Ram note
    Actual multi tasking note
    Stylus…..obvious
    All the i’trolls can say is plastic lmao

  • Mike

    Uhh how is that samsung offered a 7in tablet from the start not to mention a 7.7 and 8.9 soooo who is copying who???

  • Mike

    Samsung only offering another tablet, its apple that is copying here that much is completely obvious

  • Mike

    No, but a hella lot more accurate then a finger…… Try and control your bias hate or at least bring better rebuttals lol

  • Mike

    Its not a dumb stylus it is wacom there is a huge difference!

  • Mike

    At least it doesn’t come all scratched up out of the box ;)

  • Mike

    The same could be said about the garbage specs apple placed inside the mini

  • Mike

    True samsung did flood the market, but the fact is it’s apple here seeing the huge 7 in market and copied

  • FragilityG4

    When you make a tablet in any possible size I guess everyone would be copying them.

  • FragilityG4

    How do you figure? The iPad mini is already available and here Samsung has made an iPad mini specific answer.

  • Mike

    Uhhh because samsung and android as a whole had a 7in tablet from the start lmao that’s how

  • FragilityG4

    Bias hate?! You’re the one trolling. I’ve used stylus plenty of times … Geez I’ve had three different palms back in the day and even a Sony P910 … I hate stylus’ they don’t make things easier.

  • FragilityG4

    Yeah more money to replace if you lose it.

  • FragilityG4

    When it comes to tablets Apple can put one in any size category and be successful since they have majority of the market share.

  • FragilityG4

    Yes but this one is iPad mini specific.

  • Mike

    I guess I’m failing to see a actual comparsion here….. Quad core 1.6 exynos < a5 2gb ram< 512mb. Ppi goes to the note as well, video overlay, multi screen apps….. Looks fairly one sided to me, please no embelishment is needed just the obvious facts

  • Mike

    Not really, samsung was kniwn to be bringing this tablet out…try again lol

  • Mike

    Majority hahahahahahahaha dude the iphone has at best 36% the ipad is falling like a rock lmao hell the global market is even worse……… I think someone is drinking to much kool aid

  • WatDaPhuck

    Sigh… Here comes the specs guy.
    True that in terms of specs, Samsung is better. But what you obviously don’t understand is how the OSes operate and use its resources. Android is notorious for eating up memory and must free them up ever so often. That’s why all them devices need so much RAM to run smoothly. That’s why only the higher-end devices run smooth, and the lower-end devices runs like shit. iOS on the other hand is designed to use less RAM and resources, therefore it doesn’t require all that. Read the benchmark for iPhone 5 vs S3. Specs doesn’t define what’s better.
    Now go back to your fAndroid forums.

  • Mike

    How am i trolling? Show me one example where im lying or trying to say something that isnt truthful…. Those were old school stylus this is a different beast entirely it uses wacom

  • Mike

    The first note that was a risk, but samsung has already addressed that issue as of the note 2 it lets you know if you left it out when your not using it. …… What else ya got?

  • FragilityG4

    Okay. The iPad mini had been rumoured for how long and has been out for how long? Go back to your forum. Geez I don’t understand fAndroids … I’m a proud “iSheep” so I don’t read Android forums because I believe in my brand. Guess the Droids don’t compute well with their brands ……

  • Mike

    Or just use a ear piece….. They already said the us midels will not be capabale of being used as a phone so your remark is moot

  • FragilityG4

    Read my friend. I said tablets. fAndroids … Learning to read one post at a time.

  • FragilityG4

    Okay use your pencil if it makes you happy. Stylus suck. Always have always will. New ones are just an expensive problem if you lose it.

  • WatDaPhuck

    LOL this guy talking about bias hate. SMH

  • WatDaPhuck

    With it sticking out like that, only a matter of time.

  • FragilityG4

    Seriously? Talk about over thinking a pencil. Stylus’ suck. Always have and always will. I have never used my iPhone or iPad and said “geez I wish I had a stylus right now.”
    You won’t convince me that the pencil is worth it so don’t wear out its point trying.

  • Mike

    Ok samsung had a 7in tab from the start so im failing to see your point other then maybe your feeling a little butthurt over the fact that samsung just beat the hell outta the mini

  • Mike

    Ok lets stick to the ipad, how much market did they have early last year like damn near 80% now it hovers at 50 this sounds like a strong standung or a sinking ship? Sure one might make the arguement that the market is growing……which it is but not THAT much dude

  • Mike

    One wacom are hella acurate and also i just,made this point that as of the note 2 you dont lose it the phone lets you know of te stylus absence if your not using it….. try again ;) (edited)

  • FragilityG4

    How well did their 7″ do?

  • Mike

    Not trying to convince you just saying that it us a huge difference from the old stylus, nor am i tryung to say omg the note8 is much better that you have to buy ut, to each their own is how i see things its just when i see ppl talking shit then i bring the light of truth no more no less

  • Mike

    Hahahahahaha ohhh i see your tryung to hold onto the fact that when the i5 came out it beat the gs3 by forty points but when the gs3 got the uodate to jelly bean it destroyed. The i5 by over 150 points on geek bench this is also the dual core us model using the crap snapdragin processor. Yex you are rite in the past thise huge specs were needed and at that time ios was a much smoother exp….. But with jelly bean those specs are just gravy

  • FragilityG4

    You’re basing this as Apple versus everyone else. No one is close to knocking them off as a single manufacture. That’s dominance.

  • FragilityG4

    Wow that stylus worked well with that last post! Too bad it doesn’t have spell check!

  • WatDaPhuck

    iPad did in fact came out first, before the Galaxy Tab.

  • Mike

    True, it sticking out like will in fact invite scratches lol

  • FragilityG4

    Again check your stylus’ spelling ….

  • Mike

    Not bad, it had these crazy things called cameras…..how many again were on the first ipad lol

  • Mike

    Samsung already sells more smartphones then apple…..no thats not including feature phones so see so much for dominance

  • Mike

    I dont use the stylus to type shit out, and yea that was pretty bad i have to admit lol

  • Mike

    Again not using a stylus…… What i love is how you obviously have no rebuttals so you choose to focus on stupid shit lmao!!!

  • FragilityG4

    Which sold better?

  • FragilityG4

    Apple re took that spot last quarter.

  • FragilityG4

    :)

  • Mike

    Not sure how you come to that conclusion, it might be plastic but i can tell you i dropped my first note quite a few times and the sides my have got scuffed but never a problem with the plastuc back crackung ir out rite breaking and the screen never got a scratch even sliding across a driveway once……hey i was drunk so i take the blame for that one lol

  • Mike

    Which company has the blind followers…..? The same ppl that actually bought the mini will stand in line for the mini 2

  • FragilityG4

    If that’s what you want to believe. Remember you’re in my forum, I’ve never gone to your forum. I could care less about Android yet you guys seem to care a lot about Apple …

  • Mike

    No they didnt, omg dont tell me your trying to stick to that bone thrown out for the i’trolls the 12wk sales review in which they said the i5 had over 50% of the market and ppl started running with thinking that it was a actual representation of the market lmao

  • Mike

    I think i was pushing enter a little too fast :p btw love your pic big fan of NiN

  • Mike

    That is true, im usually at technobufallo…… But i wasnt coming here to start anything just looking for honest comparsion of te two tablets which i did not find here, so the total bias and jumped in :p

  • Mike

    You could actually do the same thing with the first 7inch tab in tmobile……cant say i did that but i di remember that one could

  • FragilityG4

    Yup. And you’re telling me Samsung wouldn’t like that following for their products so they wouldn’t have to spend billions on advertising?
    Brand loyalty dude, every company wants it.

  • FragilityG4

    iPhone 5 and 4S out sold the S3

  • FragilityG4

    One of my favourite bands and defiantly my favourite nails album!

  • FragilityG4

    Fair enough … These days it’s one or the other … Hard pressed to find an actual honest and impartial review of the two.

  • Mike

    That is true, but i wouldnt want blind worship damn near zombie customers mussssT buy appleeeeee

  • Mike

    So tell me again how that makes it a better product? Hell i have no doubt that chevy have sold more cobalts then corvettes so the cobalt must be better using your logic lol

  • FragilityG4

    All I can ever say is that I’ve used Apple products since OS 9 … I have never been let down. If ever in the future they were to let me down, then I would consider alternative options. But as of right now I am quite content.

  • Mike

    I just do my best to not knock the other brand/ os its the trolls that talk shit that get me ya know? I have nothing against the i5 ppl seem to like it doesnt bother me any, hell i could be the only person in the world using a note 2 who cares i wouldnt lol

  • FragilityG4

    How is Samsung better? Please don’t say bigger screen, micro USB and SD slot … Those are all moot points.

  • Mike

    See perfect example, if it never gave you any problems and your happy. Who cares just what is inside of the device as long as the user is happy that is all that matters

  • Mike

    Not really, bigger screen watching videos/ surfing net, texting screen real estate always helps…… Apple thinks so the i5 is a little bigger lol. The micro usb ehhh its becoming a standard but its not a huge thing, micro sd is tho you can have whatever you want WHEN you want it and being on your own card security is never a issue, if your device only has 16/32 and thats not enough just go buy a card and your in business ;)

  • Mike

    I saw every concert, except his last…. I keep kicking myself in the butt over that one i let work stop me how dare i lol. I lofe fragile and quite a bit from all that couldve been

  • FragilityG4

    Or don’t be cheap :) I needed more space so I got the 64GB. Plus I have iCloud and Dropbox so there’s plenty of space. I’ve had phones in the past with micro SD cards and I found it to be annoying. Granted capacities are larger now but it bothered me so I wouldn’t use it if I had the option.
    Yeah the 5 screen got bigger but the overall size remains manageable when it comes to one hand use and fitting in my pocket. My son has no problem watching his Bubble Guppies on my phone with the four inch screen. Nevertheless, I was still happy with the three and a half.

  • FragilityG4

    I missed the last one too. I wasn’t that happy with the slip so I skipped the concert … Then he retired from touring and I regretted it. Ah well I saw him a lot!

  • Mike

    Hell yea, and holy shit did he get big as hell…….like henry rollins big :o

  • Mike

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  • Mike

    The tab was 7 inches and had cameras and flash……

  • Mike

    Has nothing to do with cheap….. So a little lost on that comment its more choice, why limit yourself when you can expand as much as you see fit? i have no problems with the size of the note line, easy as hell to text one handed i use swype even over swift key( im using a og tab 10.1 hence all the typos) hey dont let ppl tell you what to use you like the 3.5 hey stick with it