Apple released the iPad mini in the 4th quarter of 2012, now Samsung has their answer with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Using the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the 8 inch tablet sports the S-Pen stylus, upgraded to make the user experience easier. The tablet allows several apps to be open at the same whether you are using the S-Pen or your fingertips. The S-Pen stylus also allows app preview mode to be activated.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 1280 x 800 display, quad core processor 2GB RAM, and two data storage options to choose from, 16GB or 32GB. If that’s not enough space, for additional storage the tablet also comes with a Micro SD memory card slot, allowing another 64GB of data to be stored. The rear camera allows for video recording and includes a 1.3MP front-camera. Although there is nothing extraordinary for this device, it does have some features that make it a good choice to compete against Apple’s iPad Mini. However, the Galaxy is heavier, larger and only supports 3G or Wi-Fi.
What comes as a surprise is that the Galaxy Note 8 includes an earpiece, allowing the tablet to be used as a phone. Note that this feature will not be available in the United States market, only internationally. Using the tablet as a phone, consumers will have to hold the tablet up to make a phone call. Pricing has not been released.