Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 confirmed to launch on April 11th with a hard-to-swallow $400 price

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 confirmed to launch on April 11th with a hard-to-swallow $400 price
Samsung has just officially confirmed the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet will become available in the United States in just two days, on Thursday, April 11th.

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.

source: Samsung

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Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4600 mAh



1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

for $400 , one can get the much cheaper Note 10.1 .....

9. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

samsung just shot itself in the head. terrible pricing. So much for "affordability" said by their representatives at MWC.

21. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Actually the note 10.1 16gb is going for 329 at even better :D I really fell in love with the note 8.0, but the price is too much. I prefer the iPad mini refresh; hopefully its announced soon.

32. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

oh my god is that Galaxy Note 3.......!!!

2. wiiandds

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Like the tablet but cost much for me

3. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

The nexus tab also has a higher ppi. & The new nexus will be full hd

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I rather get a Nexus 7, it only cost $200.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I'd pay $400 for an 8" inch phablet but not a wi-fi only tablet because, if I'm restricted to just wi-fi, I might as well have one of those iThingys'!

6. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

this no doubt means that it was cost £400 in the uk as manufactuers think that the £ and the $ are the same. (that and the fact our piss-poor goverment taxes the balls off us on everything). My nexus 10 tablet cost £400. If you want a samsung made tablet, get the nexus 10 as the samsung bespoke tablets are really over priced

7. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Woah, for 400 bucks, I'd rather get a Nexus 10! 8-inch tablets, kind of a fail for Samsung so far.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon Sammy. Don't applelize us. I just made that word up, I'll patent it before apple does.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

OMG, I ♥ uNow. (we' been AppleliZed) .......don't sue me.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the love. My lawyer will be in touch with you for using applelized lol

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012


11. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I'll have to wait until they're on display somewhere to check just how responsive the S-Pen is. It'd be worth it if it can replace my sketchbook, pencils, pencil sharpener, and markers. At least in terms of portability.

19. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I did with the 10.1. I use it extensively for drawing and can confirm that with the right app and preferably a full size pen it can pretty much replace everything you need. I have the simple but greatly functional ET-S200EBEGSTD but apparently the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Feel IT Pen CS-400 is good as well. As for the apps, LayerPaint, Sketchbook Pro and TVPaint (pro app) all support pressure, and FlipaClip is simple but amazing for animation. Touch retouch is photoshop for noobs but works really well.

20. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Good to know! I had considered getting the 10.1 but I wanted to wait for them to do one or two more generations of stylus-based tablet. I think the pen that comes with the 8 will work fine for me, since I get used to drawing with tiny stubs of pencils anyway.

12. bparkerson unregistered

I want this tablet for it's 8 inch form factor and the S-pen functionality but to have that I'd have to compromise screen resolution, internal memory (only 16g now compared to 32g option that apparently is no longer available), color ( only white because apparently black is no longer available), and it's outdated, overly repetitive look of every other Samsung device, all for almost twice as much as the Nexus 7. I could really use this for my work but man, I just can't justify it!!!

13. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

I think the price will drop in a month to $349. It's still too much for wifi only. I thought it will be sold for $299. No thank you sammy, not for me.

14. evo-ninja

Posts: 32; Member since: May 23, 2011

is 2day still april 1st. BC thats a joke right

15. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

going for the ipad mini

17. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I have the 32GB Nexus 7 and Im glad that I bought it. The Note 8.0 is a nice concept, but Im not paying $400 for a WiFi-only tablet when there are others that are cheaper. I bet that the tablet will be a good seller, but not enough for me to buy it. I can wait a year to upgrade my phone to the Note III

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I would never purchase this especially since the new LG Nexus 7 with a full HD 7.9 inch screen is coming out soon and the Nexus 10 is the same price but blows it away. However, compared to the iPad mini and the tab 3 8.0 which will probably be $299 minus the s pen and wacom digitizer, the Note 8 is priced right business board meeting wise. If I was a Samsung board room member that is exactly how I would price them. Tab 3 8.0 $299 Note 8.0 $399 Galaxy Tab version of the Nexus 10 with better build quality and maybe thinner and maybe an Exynos Octa. $499 Yes it is overpriced for my fellow cheap Android fans that look for maximum value, but that's how much we would sell it for on craigslist or eBay because of the Note brand and the fact that the tab 3 8.0 is not going to be less than $299.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Same reason the Xperia tablet Z is $499 when the Nexus 10 is $399 with much better specs. That is just how it is. Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 prices are just not the common pricing zeitgeist. You want cheap, get a Nexus. If you want the other options, pay up because Google is the only company willing to not make a profit off of their hardware.

24. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Samsung getting over ambitious .. and that's a sign of failure to follow at some stage ...

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

$300 was the correct selling point for this. at $400 it's pretty much a wasted effort.

26. FlushGordon unregistered

Severely Overpriced. What the hell is Samsung thinking? For $349 I'm pretty sure there's still profit....Now I have to play the waiting game and see if other competitors will release a 1080p seven/eight incher this year Extremely Disappointed with this

27. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Amen brotha!

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Honestly nothing wrong with the pricing. Wacomm digitizers aren't free. The tab 3 8.0, which I am assuming will be $299, is $20 cheaper than the iPad mini and undercuts it just fine. The Note 8 is an extra $99 if you want the pen and wacomm digitizer built in. Same difference as the WiFi only vs. 3g pricing but instead with a digitizer. The Nexus 7 pricing? Well everyone except budget Taiwanese companies like Asus and Acer will completely ignore it. Even Toshiba and Sony are ignoring the Nexus pricing and they are in no financial shape to.

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