Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to the iPad Mini

Samsung last weekend announced a new member of the Galaxy Note family with the release of the 8-inch model. Due in the coming weeks, it’s about as close to the Apple iPad Mini as it gets. Not only do the screen sizes closely resemble each other, but it’s Apple and Samsung all over again. And if you know much about the

As a quick reference, we’ve put together a quick chart that compares the two tablets against each other. Based on the specs alone, it would be logical to say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 beats the iPad Mini on multiple fronts. Of course, this is to say nothing about user experience and intangible stuff like integration with other devices and services.

Apple iPad Mini Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Platform iOS 6 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display 7.9-inches (1024×768) 8-inches (1280×800)
Processor A5 (dual-core) 1.69GHz quad-core
Memory 512 MB RAM 2GB RAM
Storage 16GB, 32GB, 64GB 16GB, 32GB
Camera 5-megapixel rear, 1.2-megapixel front 5-megapixel rear, 1.3-megapixel front
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 3G
Expansion NA microSD
Battery 10 hours 4600mAh
Weight 308 grams 338 grams
Dimensions 200 x 134 x 7.2 (mm) 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 (mm)
S Pen digital stylus
Price $330-$530 TBD

Early Buzz

While we must wait a few more weeks (or months) before we learn the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, we can still get a sense as to what the reactions will be. A number of outlets have spent time with the tablet and have already formed early opinions.

It’s a simple, elegant design with really smooth edges and corners. The Note 8 feels to be made of the same stuff as the Note 10.1, with a bit more metal thrown in for durability sake. With an SD card slot, a home button, and native Jelly Bean support, the Note 8 offers a compelling package. Also, its S-Pen stylus offers a level of functionality the iPad can’t match, and those looking for a highly functional electronic daily planner will want to give it a serious look. Just don’t expect the same level of app support you’d find on the iPad Mini. – CNET


If you’ve spent any amount of time with the Note II, you’ll know what to expect from the Note 8.0… But where the Note 8.0 strays is one of its key improvements: users can now effect the capacitive menu and back buttons using the S Pen. Admittedly, it takes a bit of retraining to get used to — you’ll want to use your finger out of habit — but it’s a wonder Samsung took so long to implement something so crucial… – Engadget


Performance was impressive, but one thing to note is that the 5-megapixel rear camera is next to useless. Then again, using the Note 8.0 as a camera is about as comfortable as attempting to make a phone call on it. – BGR


The Note 8 is exceedingly comfortable to hold, though its plastic body doesn’t have the solid feel of iPad Mini, Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire HD. The bezel is larger than the iPad Mini’s by a good amount, but feels smaller than the Kindle Fire HD’s. It feels like a good compromise between the two. – Gizmodo

Pricing and marketing will be critical to success of the Galaxy Note 8.0; however, we would expect Samsung to go full-on with advertising. We’re not so optimistic on the price as Samsung has yet to price one of their premium devices in a way that pushes people over the edge. Whatever price they are thinking of, we feel like it should be $50 less.

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  • tonkotsu

    i’m really excited for this device. It’s nothing new or innovative, but it checks all the right marks. now we just need to see if battery life is up to par

  • Price point will make or break this thing. I don’t expect to see it under $249, but I think I needs to check it at under $350 to draw people away from the iPad mini. Priced too high, and Android people are just going to stick with the Nexus tablets.

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  • Christopher Clark

    Price will also be the deal breaker for me. I love the added productivity of the S-pen but I’m not paying $100+ more than my Nexus 7 16GB for it….ok I probably will but I won’t be happy about it!

  • magnus edmondson

    I will be getting this tablet for sure to compliment my note 10.1 but i cant imagine it beig priced over 350 bc the 10.1 starts at 450. Ill be selling my 7 inch galaxy tab and getting this on the first day its out !

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  • RonF57

    Wow, this is interesting. All commentors so far see this as TABLET ONLY and price point it as such.
    Think this way instead, what does samsung sell a smaller device with similar features for? Hint- Note 2.
    I think if the commentors are right this device is set for market failure because at $600-$700 people want better screen specs and 4G not 3G phone functionality.
    I want a device like this but if it’s a phone replacement for me, i need better data and screen specs to justify the tablet part. I have an idea…Samsung should release a higher resolution device like this and use the pull out touch display screen they should at CES 2013 to be a keyboard or auxillary input device to compete with “Click It” tablet.

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