As much as we liked the 8-inch Galaxy Note, a direct competitor to the iPad mini, its price is even higher than what Apple is charging and double that of Google's Nexus 7 tablet. The Note 8.0 will cost you $399 for a Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB of internal storage.
The high price is not a huge surprise, though. Samsung’s 8-incher leaked out earlier, but it also has more capable internals than the iPad mini. It's got an Exynos 4 Quad 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a sharper 8-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display. It also comes with the S Pen for jotting down notes and quick sketching. Also, the internal storage is expandable via microSD cards.
As a bonus, those who spend $399 on the tablet are getting 50GB Dropbox storage allowance for 2 years (for new members), a month of unlimited music streaming from the Samsung Music Hub, and a $25 Google Play gift card. Still, isn’t $400 a bit too much to swallow? The 8-inch iPad mini in comparison costs $329, and Google’s Nexus 7 costs even less at $200.