Apple’s latest iPad mini has been great. It has been doing good in China, but lost with Nexus 7 in Japan. It’s significantly lighter than the regular sized iPad and cheaper too. Since it’s selling in good numbers, Samsung would like to launch a new product, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, to compete with the product of its biggest rival in the industry, Apple.
It took Samsung only 2 months to come up with such a product, and thanks to SamMobile, we have our hands on the spec sheet. The specs are as follows:
Code name: Kona
Platform: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Official name: GALAXY Note 8.0 (3G, Wi-Fi)
Product codes: GT-N5100, GT-N5110
Battery: 4,600 mAh
Dimensions: 211.3 × 136.3 × 7.95 mm , 330 grams
Display: 8.0-inch 1280×800 TFT (Super Clear LCD)
Processor: 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412
Cameras: 5-Megapixel rear, 1.3-megapixel front
Internal storage: 16/32GB (optional) + microSD (up to 32GB)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS
GSM networks: EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) HSPA+21.1Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps (850/900/1900/2100)
It’s an 8 inch tablet, which will be perfect to compete with the iPad mini which comes with a screen of 7.9 inches. Samsung should be acting quick with this device, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is anticipated to be launched at the Mobile World Congress event that will be taking place next month.
Since the device is branded as Note, like all the other Note devices, even this one will come with S Pen functionality and all the features associated with it. This will be the fourth Note product, and since it will be directly competing with Apple’s offering, it will also be priced lower than the iPad mini. If that does happen, Apple has got more reasons to worry.
Apart from specifications, we also have some benchmarks of the new Note. The benchmarks shows how the device performs when compared to against other devices in the GLBenchmark GPU test. The Android version stated in GLBenchmark reads 4.1.2, but then the tested device may be a pre production model.
I was expecting to see better specs on this device and anticipated it to be a follow up model of Galaxy Tab 7.7, but apparently it isn’t. That said, the specs aren’t mediocre either and since the device is competing with iPad mini, these specs will be more than enough for victory.
Samsung releases a lot of devices, so users face a lot of problems when it comes to updates. Users of Samsung Galaxy S2 are still waiting for an update which hasn’t been rolled out yet, and that happened to be the company’s flagship device once upon a time. There are several more Samsung models out there which haven’t received ICS update till now, so now you know the fate of Samsung devices. Coming to the Note 8.0, I was expecting AMOLED screen, but SLCD screen should be good for a device with more screen-on time. Again, these are leaked specs, so take this with a pinch of salt. What’s your opinion?