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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 specs comparison
Whether you are an admirer of 7 or 8 inch tablet devices, or don't really care about these particular screen sizes, the leading mobile gear makers decided that there is a market niche to be won here, and with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 everyone will have a dog in the small tablet fight this season.

We are pitting Samsung's latest Note family member against its most formidable opponents - the Apple iPad mini and the Google Nexus 7 small affordable slates. While we don't have much details on price and availability for the Note 8.0 rather than Q2 in Europe and Asia, the other two have been around for a while, so you can have a look how they stack up in the table below.

It's immediately clear that Samsung has placed a lot of effort to make its tablet as slim and light as possible, considering that it also has to house the S Pen silo and the stylus itself. The Note 8.0 is in fact slimmer and a tad lighter than the Nexus 7, despite being the slate with the largest screen of the bunch. Its resolution is actually the same as that of the Nexus 7, with a slightly lower pixel density because of the screen size. Note 8.0 also has the immediately recognizable styling of the Galaxy family with its rounded corners, looking like a larger Note II.

As far as processing power goes, the 1.6 GHz Exynos 4 Quad Cortex-A9 CPU might not be at the fastest edge of ARM's technology, but it would surely be more than enough to handle anything Android throws at it. Moreover, Samsung's tablet is the best of the bunch memorywise, sporting 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, as well as a microSD slot for more, which the other two don't have.

When we add the generous 4, 600 mAh battery and the myriad of productivity options added by the S Pen stylus and the accompanying software, it seems that Samsung has nailed it in terms of specs as usual, so the only thing remaining is to get one for a review to check out the performance side as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 vs Apple iPad mini vs Google Nexus 7 specs comparison

DESIGN
Phone functionalityYes  
OSAndroid (4.1.2) TouchWiz UIiOS (6.1, 6)Android (4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2, 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.1)
Dimensions8.30 x 5.35 x 0.31 inches (210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm)7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm)7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches (198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm)
Weight11.92 oz (338 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (123 g)
11.01 oz (312 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (123 g)
11.99 oz (340 g)
the average is 4.3 oz (123 g)
Design featuresStylus  
Colors Black, White 
DISPLAY
Physical size8.0 inches7.9 inches7.0 inches
Resolution1280 x 800 pixels1024 x 768 pixels1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density
189 ppi162 ppi216 ppi
Technology
TFTIPS LCDIPS LCD
BATTERY
Stand-by time  12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 17 days (411 h)
Video playback  9.00 hours
Capacity4600 mAh 4325 mAh
Type Li - PolymerLi - Polymer
Not user replaceableYesYesYes
HARDWARE
System chip
 Exynos 4 QuadApple A5NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L
Processor
Quad core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
Graphics processorYesPowerVR SGX543MP2ULP GeForce @ 416MHz
System memory
2048 MB RAM512 MB RAM1024 MB RAM (1333 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB8 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB  
CAMERA
Camera5 megapixels5 megapixels 
Aperture size F2.4 
FeaturesAuto focus, Geo taggingBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), Auto focus, Touch to focus, Digital image stabilization, Geo tagging 
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 
Features Video calling, Digital image stabilizationVideo calling
Front-facing camera1.3 megapixels1.2 megapixelsYes
Video capture 1280x720 (720p HD)
MULTIMEDIA
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Genre, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback
Supported formatsMP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, WMAMP3, AAC, eAAC, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless)MP3
Video playback   
Supported formatsMPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, WMVMPEG4, H.264, Motion JPG, AVI, MOVMPEG4, H.263, H.264
SpeakersStereo speakersStereo speakers 
StreamingAudio, VideoAudio, VideoAudio, Video
YouTube playerYes Yes

TECHNOLOGY
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE 700 MHz Class 17, 1700/2100 MHz 
DataHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat3 Downlink 100 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
nano-SIM Yes 
Global RoamingYes  
Positioning
GPS, A-GPS, GlonassA-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioningGPS
NavigationYes Yes
CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth4.04.03.0
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz802.11 a, b, g, n
Wi-Fi DirectYes  
USBUSB 2.0YesUSB 2.0
Connector ProprietarymicroUSB
Features USB chargingUSB Host
Headphones connector3.5mm3.5mm3.5mm
Charging connector ProprietarymicroUSB
AVAILABILITY
Officially announced24 Feb 201323 Oct 201227 Jun 2012
Scheduled release
Q2 2013 (Official)  

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posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:08 16

1. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


looks super duper ugly!! remove that freaking bezel!!! oh what am i saying, its samsung after all!

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:35 21

5. AnTuTu (limited) (Posts: 804; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Those bezels are not as thick as Nexus 7 and you can do probably 20 times more on Note 8.0 what you can do on Nexus 7 and iPad.

It is way better looking device with ultimate features. Way to go Sammy.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 01:00 3

26. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


actually i like it too...........sgn 10.1 is hard and heavy to hold in one hand and draw anything with s pen on it......... sgn8.0 is great concept (although its looks not so great) and very useful............

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 03:32 2

29. Feanor (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I wouldn't call A9 processor and low pixel density "ultimate features". It's actually a quite modest tablet which shows that Samsung are starting doing an Apple and getting comfortable with the sales.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 05:51 1

36. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1067; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Even I was a bit skeptical of the bazel at first but the more I look at it the more I like it!
and it has the phone functionality which I am guessing is integrated into the S-Pen....sammy nailed it once again!

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:05 2

19. lucasho2312 (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


im sick of the rounded corners too. The IPad looks cutest but I prefer Nexus in terms of both design and functionality. The 4.72" width seems fit, 5.3" is probaly too large and cause tension on fingers holding it for long.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 04:42 4

32. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


i have owned Note, Note 2 and Note 10.1 and as a matter of fact just sold my Note 10.1 2days ago. im a sammy boy. TBH Note series of devices are not for everyone!these devices are more targeted to the professional people who need a device to draw on.but i can tell u one thing for sure, Note series of devices are THE BEST u can get on market in terms of sheer performance! 10.1 is the fastest android tablet (yeah it beats Nexus 10!) Note 2 is the best Phone but these are not good in terms of build quality.
u compare Note 2 to S3, its worse than S3 in build, u compare Note 10.1 to Nexus 10 its s**t!

so if u want Mere Performance with almost NO LAG, go for Note devices!

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 05:17 1

33. nooraldeen (Posts: 48; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


I agree with but I disagree about 1 thing the build quality of the note2 is better than the s3 . Go and check the drop tests of the note2 and s3

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:17 2

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nerd moment: no offense but, bigger inch screen doesnt mean bigger area of the size of screen... Let me illustrate...

when you measure 3x1 and 2x2 diagonal, you can realize that 3x1 diagonal is bigger than 2x2 Eventhough the area is same...

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:41 15

6. andrewha (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


yeah except your maths is s**t. 3x1 and 2x2 are not the same area..

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:08 2

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


Oops!!! Then change the format 2x6 vs 3x4 lol

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 05:29 2

34. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


So you are comparing 3:1 ratio with 4:3. Who uses 3:1 displays?! The fact that the iPad uses such a BS ratio makes the screen area smaller when watching videos, making for screen of less then 8".

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:04 13

18. AnTuTu (limited) (Posts: 804; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Oh Wendy for heaven sake just shut the f**k up please.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:19 9

3. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


And the winner is still undisputed champion. NEXUS 7!

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 23:12 10

23. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


No its not. It will be note 8

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 04:37 3

31. abdane (Posts: 475; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


nope, the Note 8.0 took the crown, at least it have a rear camera...

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 06:14 1

37. MartyK (Posts: 711; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Can't wait to see the new 2013 Nexus 7 vs Samsung vs IPad vs window.
Like you, I'm giving the win to the Nexus family... they update 5x faster then the Galaxy family. Right now SGN-2 is on 4.1.2, Note -10.1 is on the same version, thanks to XDA!

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 06:53

38. Jhr774 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Feb 2013)


Note 10.1 is on 4.1.2 , updated mine yesterday via Kies, not available OTA yet, (UK).

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:30 6

4. HTCOE (Posts: 467; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


it is ugly though i rather have an surface rt

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 20:43 11

7. thekid1990 (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Windows RT is a pathetic excuse for a tablet...as far as I am concernced.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:06 12

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


RT == R(o)T(ten)

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:21 6

11. Commentator (Posts: 2391; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Ridiculously Terrible

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:09 5

10. Izoe (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


The Nexus 7 also has a version with 3g connectivity, which you have omitted.

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

Please correct this and check for any other thing you might have left out. If its a comparison, might as well do it right

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:21

12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6399; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


What's the point when the Ipad will always have a lower screen resolution

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 03:32

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 11098; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What did you mean by that?

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 05:33 1

35. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


After you buy it, you cannot replace the screen with a higher resolution one:)

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:30 6

13. drdaly (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


Still iPad rules the tablet space :)

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 03:33 4

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 11098; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's true, but they need to hit it out the park with the next line of iPads or the gap will shrink.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 09:17

39. drdaly (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


U.r. absolutely right,
Next Gen. IPad5 should astonish customers who are hesitated right now trying to get away from iPad heading to surface or Nexus.
Apple must defend iPad better than they did to iPhone which is not Ok right now!!!

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:33 6

14. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


If priced well this is my next tablet... Will sell my nexus 7 for it... With Samsung features such as multi windows this will be awesome and with a quad core exynos and 2gb ram it should be awesome..

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:35 1

15. Izoe (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)


Think this note tab is really lacking in design appeal, hope this isn't a sign of what to expect from the S4. Wish htc would get another tablet out. The Flyer had really good build quality (Arguably the best looking android tab at that time) and was the first android tablet to come with a stylus. Only thing that killed it was the price. Hope they get back to tablets soon, I'm sure it'll be the most attractive android tab if they do. Android tab manufacturers seem to lack imagination when it comes to styling and are often found wanting when it comes to build quality and Material.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:38 5

16. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Phone functionality Yes

That alone might make it a must buy vs the other 2. Added functionality...

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 21:55 1

17. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


Next...

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:17

20. kclgphilsbsa (Posts: 762; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


its not ugly,, i think i will like it more in person.. but this is just the start of showoff , maybe samsung just wants their note line to increase.. im expcting much from the highend tabs, i couldnt just wait :D

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:39 1

21. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Yeah no thank you. I prefer stock android 4.2. Touchwiz is ugly and I wonder if it'll get 4.2 let alone 5.0 whenever it comes out. Nexus 7 ftw.

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 22:45 3

22. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


The next gen nexus 7 will bloy away this thing

posted on 23 Feb 2013, 23:31 1

24. nikenturd (unregistered)


$320 and im sold

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 00:30 1

25. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


$249 and I would consider it.... anything more.... I would choose surface....

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 03:30 3

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 11098; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Where the galaxy shines over the mini is ram, and navigation. A more accurate comparison will be the galaxy, and the mini 2. Looks wise both are stunning.

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 11:13

40. papss (unregistered)


Another design fail for SS. I will not reward them with my money with lazy designs and cheap materials

posted on 24 Feb 2013, 18:38 1

41. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Nice job of maintaing low ppi's in all your devices, Sammy (N10 excluded, of course). But seriously, newer products are supposed to have better specs than their previous counterparts.

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