Samsung is about to take another swipe at Apple’s sovereignty in the tablet PC market place, as the iPad Mini prepares for a relentless attack from the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with 3G. Despite having yet to have its Q2 release date officially confirmed, the 3G Galaxy Note 8.0 has already garnered a pretty impressive following across consumer and critical communities alike.
Recent FCC filings confirm the existence of the 3G capable Galaxy Note 8.0, which is destined to make every effort to chip away at the equivalent iPad Mini from Apple. And for those still swept up in Apple fever and under the impression that all shall perish who dare to throw down the gauntlet, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Note 8.0 happens to feature a vastly superior screen, more power under the hood, that legendary S-Pen stylus and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to boot.
Or in other words, it’s no shrinking violet in any sense.
As far as key specs and features go, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 sports and 8-inch screen which is good for 1,280 by 800 resolution, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor and a hefty 2GB serving of RAM. Juice is delivered courtesy of a massive 4,600mAh battery pack and storage options are available up to 64GB, which can of course be expanded with micro-SD.
There’s also the fact that the Note 8.0 features an earpiece and can therefore be used as a Smartphone as well as a tablet, but I defy you not to see anyone using an 8-inch device to make standard calls and not instinctively call them a bit of a pleb.
In any case, add all of the above together and you have yourself one very justifies reason for the iPad Mini and indeed Apple as a whole to be getting a little hot under the collar.
No doubt the Galaxy Note 8.0 will enjoy its day in the sun and could go on to be a huge hit should it launch for the right price. Let’s not forget however that the iPad Mini 2 release date is expected early this fall, which could not only see the strongest contender on the min-tab market to date, but also lead to massive price reductions of the existing iPad Mini.
Let battle commence!