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

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.

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 
Physical size8.0 inches7.9 inches7.0 inches
Resolution1280 x 800 pixels1024 x 768 pixels1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density
189 ppi162 ppi216 ppi
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
System chip
 Exynos 4 QuadApple A5NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L
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  
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)
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

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  
GPS, A-GPS, GlonassA-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioningGPS
NavigationYes Yes
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
Officially announced24 Feb 201323 Oct 201227 Jun 2012
Scheduled release
Q2 2013 (Official)  



1. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

5. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 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.

26. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 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............

29. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 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.

36. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

19. lucasho2312

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

32. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 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!

33. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 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

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...

6. andrewha

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

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

9. wendygarett unregistered

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

34. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 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".

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

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

3. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

And the winner is still undisputed champion. NEXUS 7!


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

No its not. It will be note 8

31. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

37. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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!

38. Jhr774

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 24, 2013

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


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

it is ugly though i rather have an surface rt

7. thekid1990

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

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

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

RT == R(o)T(ten)

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Ridiculously Terrible

10. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 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

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What did you mean by that?

35. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

13. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

Still iPad rules the tablet space :)

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

39. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 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!!!

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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..

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