Samsung are really hoping to take the smaller-tablet market by storm with the Galaxy Note 8.0. The latest Note device from Samsung was announced at this year’s MWC and we guess that Samsung are hoping to sway people away from both the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7 by marketing a slightly bigger size alongside added value in the S-Pen. While there’s no word on exactly when the Note 8.0 will be coming to the States, it has launched across the pond for our folks over in the UK. The WiFi-only version of the Note 8.0 i son sale today for £339.99 which converts to $518 or so. Which could hint at a price of $499 when it hits the States.
That £339.99 price tag – up from the Nexus 7’s £159 – gets you a quad-core Exynos 1.6 Ghz CPU with 2GB of RAM, along with 16GB of storage (with microSD support) – a 5MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera and Android 4.1.2 with TouchWiz. That’s a hefty price-tag when compared to the Nexus 7 but, the iPad Mini starts at £269 which still leaves the Note 8.0 as the most pricey.
For those that do take the plunge, Samsung are offering some goodies as well, around £60 worth. There are vouchers for Samsung’s online “hubs”, £20 for the Learning Hub and a month free with their Music Hub. As well as this there’s a free two-month subscription to The Times, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Sonic 4: Episode 2. Of course, this also nets you 50GB of free Dropbox space for two years. You’ll have to be quick though, these will only last until April 15th.
Whether or not the Note 8.0 is worth what Samsung are asking is up to you but, there is some added value when you compare it to the Nexus 7, there’s more RAM and there’s the included S-Pen. Which also brings with it some practical uses in the form of S-Note and Samsung’s apps but, also the stylus will give you more accuracy in apps like Photoshop Touch and others.