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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet has been announced, although there has been little information on arrival dates and pricing. Usually, when Samsung reveals a new product, US consumers are forced to wait at least three months after the product launch to get their hands on it.
Well, at least Samsung customers can breathe a sigh of relief. New sources suggest that Samsung’s new iPad Mini competitor will go public in the United Kingdom next month (April 2013). This means that American customers may get a chance to purchase the tablet this summer.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 has the following features and specs:
* 1280 x 800 screen resolution
* 1.6Ghz, quad-core Exynos 4412 processor
* 2GB RAM
* 16GB of internal memory storage (additional storage provided by way of a microSD card slot)
* 1.3-megapixel, front-facing camera
* 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera
* 4600mAh battery
* OS: Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean; may upgrade to Key Lime Pie)
The screen resolution matches that of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and provides a full HD display. The microSD card slot available on the Galaxy Note 8 will make the tablet one to be coveted. After all, Apple provides fixed memory for its tablets. What most Android users may not know, however, is that the information stored on a microSD card is often wiped out when someone updates his or her operating system. The info stored on the microSD card is destroyed because the old info cannot be accessed on a newer OS.
The 4,600mAh battery seems as if it will provide excellent battery life, web browsing, and hours of web searching, social media, gaming, and so forth (although the amount of time may differ among many different tablet activities).
The Exynos 4412 processor was the subject of scrutiny when it was reported some months ago that international GS3s bearing the Exynos 4412 processor had some sort of Internet security loophole or malware exploit that hackers could access (if given the chance). Some Samsung fans were hoping that Samsung would use its new Exynos 5 processor chip instead of its 4412 — but time may prove something entirely different when the tablet makes its way to the UK and then the USA.
Samsung’s 1.3-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras are not the greatest cameras for a 2013 tablet, since its own GS4 comes with a 2.1MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear-facing camera. Some think that using tablets to snap photos is a ridiculous idea, but concepts such as ASUS’s FonePad may change the large impasse the tech world has placed between smartphones and tablets. The strength of Samsung’s tablets, while not found in its tablet cameras, is very present in its smartphone camera application. Samsung provides so many photo customizations that enhance real-time pictures and give a creative flair to lasting memories that one could get lost in the camera application alone.
With regard to pricing, UK retailer Handtec says that the eight-inch Galaxy Note tablet will cost somewhere around 371.99 euros (~$564 USD). This is a rather steep price, considering that the iPad Mini (the GNote 8’s direct competitor) costs $329 for the first-gen. iPad Mini. Apple intends to create a Retina iPad Mini this year, so prices will most likely jump. Still, I highly doubt that Apple’s iPad Mini price will jump $250 or more. This means that, despite all the bells and whistles of Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablet, UK customers may opt for Apple’s iPad Mini. There are those who will purchase Samsung’s 8-inch tablet, despite its price — since Samsung seems to be the Apple of the European continent.