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The iPad Mini vs. the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung’s announcement of its latest device — the Galaxy Note 8.0 has been widely seen as a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad mini. Here is a quick look at how they compare across various parameters:

Specs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 iPad mini Wi-Fi
Processor Samsung Exynos 1.6GHz (quad-core) Apple A5 (dual-core)
Operating system Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean iOS 6.1.2
Storage 16/32GB onboard storage, expandable via microSD slot 16/32/64GB onboard storage, non-expandable
Camera 5-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera 5-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera
Screen 8-inch (1,280 x 800 pixels) IPS LCD 7.9-inch (1,024 x 768 pixels) IPS LCD
GPS Yes No
Dimensions 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95mm 200 x 134.7 x 7.2mm
Weight 338g (3G model) 308g
Price TBA US$329 (16GB), US$429 (32GB), US$529 (64GB)

The Galaxy Note 8.0 screen comes with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels which comes to 189 pixels per inch (ppi) since it an eight-inch device. It is powered by a 1.6 Ghz A9 quad-core processor. In terms of screen resolution, the Note 8.0 is kicking the iPad mini hard. The iPad mini in contrast has a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels with a screen resolution of 163 ppi, powered by a dual-core A5 processor. According to tech experts,  the iPad mini’s screen has resolution has been a bit of a deal-breaker.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 does have some unique features. For instance, it can make phone calls (for the international 3G version), and it has a stylus, which is probably its biggest asset when done right. While you can also use a stylus on other tablets, it doesn’t have the level of integration as the S Pen on the Note. Besides, the Wacom digitizer on the Galaxy Note 8.0 has better performance and sensitivity. Also, unlike other slates, we bet you won’t lose the S Pen easily due to its built-in stylus slot on the Note 8.0.

With a big question mark over the price of the Galaxy Note 8.0, it’s probably too early to give a definitive verdict here. We’ll wait for price point and availability to be announced for the Galaxy Note 8.0.