Ever since Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 back at this year's MWC, we were all wondering just when the US would be able to get their hands on the latest member of Samsung's Galaxy Note family. Well, now we know, from April 11th the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in WiFi Only form, with 16GB of storage, for $399.99. Those hoping that Office Depot were listing the wrong price must be disappointed. Reviews of the tablet have been popping up all over the web and the general consensus seems to be – as it so often is with Samsung – that the Note 8.0 is a very capable device, that's a little too pricey.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be showing up at the usual suspects of Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg et al pretty shortly. There's no word on whether or not carriers will be picking up variants that pack cellular radios, to turn the device into a comically large Galaxy Note, but we'd be surprised if it didn't make it at least a couple of the big four. If you're thinking about picking up the Galaxy Note 8.0 but what to know what you'll be getting into, then take a look at the specs below:
- 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412
- 8-inch WXGA display (1280 x 800 at 189 ppi)
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- 5 megapixel (rear), 1.3-megapixels (front)
- 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 and 5 GHz; WiFi Direct; AllShareCast; Bluetooth 4.0; USB 2.0
- 2GB RAM, 16/32/64GB storage with microSD card support (up to 64 GB)
- 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95
- 338 grams
- 4,600 mAh
For $399, Samsung are asking a lot here, while it might seem a more powerful device than the Nexus 7 on paper, is it really worth twice as much? We suppose that it all comes down to how much you're willing to spend on the device, and Samsung have definitely added some bells and whistles here. There's microSD support and a rear-facing camera for starters. Then there's the S-Pen, fans of the stylus might want to pay attention if the Note 10.1 is a little too large for your uses.
It's good to see the tablet launch over here but, we'd have liked to see it go for a little less, especially considering that this is priced higher than the already expensive iPad Mini. What do you think? Can Samsung's latest tablet succeed in sales?