Well, here is a nice little tidbit to start off the week of Android news, it looks like the Galaxy Note 8.0 from Samsung isn't going to be all that expensive but, it's not going to be cheap either. At the end of last week we bought you news that the Galaxy Note 8.0 has gone up for sale for a hefty £339.99, which led to fears of Samsung overpricing the tablet in the States as well. Pricing is a little subjective these days, something that is expensive to someone else might be "affordable" to others, regardless though, the Note 8.0 has a hard game to play, it needs to provide more value than both the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini if it hopes to succeed, the S-Pen will only get it so far.
So, to see the Galaxy Note 8.0 listed on the Office Depot website for $399.99 isn't too great, and this is for the Wi-Fi Only model with just 16GB of storage. Currently, the tablet is listed as "out of stock". That price tag is obviously a lot higher than the Nexus 7's $199 and it's also a little higher than the iPad Mini, which starts at $329 for 16GB. The pricing of the Galaxy Note 8.0 might well be the make or break factor for the tablet, as people are expecting more and more for less when it comes to Android tablets. For those that need a quick refresher, take a look at the device's 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
So, it looks like the Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the States sooner than we though, the real question is whether or not it's worth the asking price. Of course, the added RAM, second camera and microSD support will be real boons for some people, but are they worth near twice that of the 16GB Nexus 7? I don't think so but, what do you all think? Is the Note 8.0 the smaller tablet you've been waiting for?