If the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 knows what it’s doing, then there’s a huge consumer base out there that thinks a seven-inch tablet is too small and those around the nine-inch mark are far too big and heavy to cart around. One would call this a rather specific niche to say the least, but this week’s launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0 serves as confirmation that Samsung for one begs to differ.
As far as covering all bases goes though – literally every damn one – you have to give props to Samsung.
After a spell of silence, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 8.0 release date is coming in just 24-hours – the gap-filling Tabphone hybrid type thing will hit the shelves across the US on Thursday, April 11th. And as far as specs and features go there’s really no knocking the new Galaxy Note, which serves up a pretty speedy 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8-inch screen that’s good for a modest 1280 by 800 resolution.
The 16GB internal closet space can be upped to 80GB with a micro-SD, so all in all you’re looking at a solid slate, though nothing that comes close to show-stopping.
So here’s the million dollar question therefore – with a price of $399.99 which admittedly includes a decent amount of content courtesy of Samsung, does the Galaxy Note 8.0 have any real place on the market, or is the Korean tech firm to some extent grasping at straws?
Well, the proof will be in its performance but logically speaking you have to assume it’s a bit of both. The 7-inch Tablet PC market is doing great, exploding in popularity and fast becoming a firm-favorite the world over. Those that don’t find a 7-inch screen big enough will generally be looking to add more than one inch extra onto their toys, which takes this up to iPad or standard Galaxy Tab territory which both come in around the same $400 mark – albeit earpiece-free.
As such, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is both a gap-filler and a novelty, but this isn’t to say it won’t be successful for both such reasons. After all, there’s nothing like deliberately straying from the crowd to earn a few bragging rights on principle alone, so chances are there will be plenty looking to buy the Note 8.0 just for the sake of making a point or two.