Samsung has certainly been busy flooding the market with Android tablets, including this Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which has been around for more than a year now and unfortunately, the ravages of time are starting to show.
On the Samsung performance ladder, the Note 8.0 is a step up from the Galaxy Tabs, thanks largely to its Exynos 4412 quad-core CPU (if you need help, that’s the chip inside the Aussie version of the Galaxy S3 phone).
But the screen is fairly ho-hum, a straight 1280×800-pixel TFT offering. It’s surprisingly light at 340grams, just nine grams heavy than the iPad mini with Retina display.
A vintage product, starting to show its cracks
That light weight is helped by a relatively low-capacity battery at 4600mAh (the iPad mini’s is 6400mAh), which contributed to a battery life on our testing of only 6hrs35mins. Last year, that would’ve been passable; this year, no – when even Windows x86 tablets can make eight hours, anything under is very ‘2013’.
Samsung differentiates the Note range with a supplied stylus and its own custom TouchWiz front-end. Like most recent Samsung devices, it features the 11-pin MHL/USB port to also give you HDMI video output.
The Exynos 4412 CPU runs four basic ARM Mali 400 GPUs – they’re adequate for gaming, but not really for the $374 asking price.
And that’s the problem – given what $350-$400 buys you elsewhere, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 doesn’t deliver enough in the key performance areas. It needs a sub-$300 price tag to be worth a serious look.
Verdict: Weak battery life, par-level performance and high price hurt this one.