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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Tale of Two Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPad Mini

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 finally has a price tag and a release date. The white tablet, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, will be available at big-box retailers nationwide for $400 on April 11.

The Galaxy Note 8 joins the crowded handheld multimedia tablet space, alongside the iPad Mini, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD, and others. We've already seen how the top four seven- to eight-inch tablets stack up against each other, but what about the newest device on the block? How does Samsung's newest Note compare to the bestselling iPad Mini?

At $400, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a bit more expensive than Apple's handheld tablet ($329 for 16GB) — but not by much. So we compared the new Galaxy Note to the iPad Mini in four other major categories: size, display, memory, and camera.

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See how Samsung's new Note fared after the break.

Size Display Memory Camera
Galaxy Note 8 8.3 x 5.3 in., 0.74 lbs 8-inch, 1280 x 800 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB, up to 64GB with micro SD Rear: 5MP
Front: 1.3MP
iPad Mini 7.87 x 5.3 in., 0.68 lbs 7.9-inch, 1024 x 768 512MB RAM, 16 or 32 or 64GB Rear: 5MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1080p video
Front: 1.2MP, 720p video

As we saw in our previous handheld tablet matchup, the iPad Mini is easily beat out in terms of display resolution and memory, but Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is slightly heavier. And unlike the Mini, the WiFi-only Note does not come in a 3G-data-enabled version.

One noteworthy edge that the Galaxy Note 8 has over the iPad Mini is the S-Pen stylus, which we enjoyed using during our test-drive of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a phone-tablet hybrid.

In addition to the device, Galaxy Note 8 owners will receive 50GB of free Dropbox storage for two years and one month of free music streaming in Samsung's Music Hub.

After seeing all the specs at a glance, have you met your match? Let us know which small tablet is right for you.

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Tess-C Tess-C 4 years
"Better late than never" seems kind of odd -- wasn't the original Samsung Galaxy Tab the first 7" tablet? They've been at this for a while. Either way, neat tablet. The pen looks tempting.
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